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Local University President Resigns

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    Local University President Resigns
    Widener University will be searching for a new president after James T. Harris III (left with student) announced his resignation, effective August 1, to take a similar position at University of San Diego.

    Widener University President James T. Harris III will resign his post at the end of July to become president of the University of San Diego effective August 1, the school said Friday.

    Harris, who became the ninth president of Widener in July 2002, was credited by the school with improving the its prestige and strengthening community ties through community service, economic development, service learning and unique education partnerships.

    During his tenure, Widener said Harris tripled the school's endowment to $90 million and launched the largest fundraising campaign in university history, raising $62 million to date.

    This, school officials said, allowed the university to invest more than $222 million in capital improvements on its four campuses, and more than doubled financial aid to students.

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