Wingard Named Vice Dean of Executive Education

Dr. Jason Wingard, formerly a senior director of the Wharton Executive Education program, was named Vice Dean for Executive Education in early April.

As Vice Dean, Wingard will oversee Wharton’s non-degree executive education programs, including open enrollment and custom programs. Those programs reach an estimated 9,000 business leaders each year through sessions in Philadelphia and Wharton | San Francisco as well as global programs in India, China and Europe.

Prior to his return to Wharton, Wingard served as executive director of the Stanford Educational Leadership Institute, a senior fellow at the Aspen Institute and founder and managing partner of The Zoeza Group, a management consulting firm specializing in organizational strategy, leadership development and business planning. Wingard holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Stanford, master’s degrees in education from Emory and Harvard, and a Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Education at Penn.

$3.16 Million Gift Establishes Wharton-Netter Center-Community Partnership

Wharton in early May received an anonymous gift of $3.16 million to establish the Wharton-Netter Center-Community Partnership.

The goal of the new community partnership is to create an effective model for university assisted community development that can be replicated both in cities throughout the United States and the world. The Wharton-Netter Center-Community Partnership will work to develop and implement programs in social impact that involve both Penn students and faculty in curricular, co-curricular and research activities.

“We are deeply grateful for this gift,” said Dean Thomas S. Robertson. “The Wharton-Netter Center-Community Partnership will stand as a dramatic example of the potential for business to enact positive change on both local and global levels.”

Ira Harkavy, Associate Vice President and founding director of the Netter Center, said he believes that university-community partnerships “can powerfully advance research and learning, as well as the quality of life in communities.”

Founded in 1992, the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships works to use the broad range of human knowledge needed to solve the complex, comprehensive, and interconnected problems of American cities and communities so that West Philadelphia (Penn’s local geographic community), Philadelphia, the University itself, and society benefit. For more information about the Center, visit