Madeleine Wing Adler

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Dr. Madeleine Wing Adler was the first female president of West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania.[1] She received a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.[2]

Prior to her West Chester University presidency, she held administrative positions at Framingham State College in Massachusetts, The City University of New York, Queens College, and the CUNY Central Office. Dr. Adler also has taught at American University and Pennsylvania State University.[3]

Dr. Adler has served on numerous boards and committees for civic organizations, including Chester County Fund for Women and Girls, the Chester County Historical Society and the National Endowment for the Arts/American Canvas. In 1998, Chester County named her its citizen of the year[1] and the Philadelphia Business Journal named her a Woman of Distinction in 2002.[1]

On May 3, 2007, Adler announced her retirement after serving 15 years at the institution.[4]

She is a senior associate at The AASCU-Penson Center for Professional Development,[3] and plans will retire to her family's ancestral seaport town of Sandwich, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod.[1]

Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre[edit]

The Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre which opened in 2008, is the newest performing arts venue on the West Chester University campus and has a capacity of 375. It was named in honor of Madeleine Wing Adler in 2008.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Adler is a breast cancer survivor, and has received the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition’s Pink Ribbon Award in 2001.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Pirro, J.F. "The Adler Advantage". Main Line Today. Main Line Today. Retrieved 22 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "F. S. Lane Weds Madeleine Adler". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. 12 June 1989. Retrieved 22 December 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Dr. Madeleine Wing Adler". AASCU-Penson Center. AASCU-Penson Center. Retrieved 22 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "PRESIDENT ADLER ANNOUNCES DECISION TO RETIRE" (PDF). Retrieved 28 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre". West Chester University. West Chester University. Retrieved 22 December 2015. 
  6. ^ "Names". Daily Local News. Daily Local News. 23 December 2002. Retrieved 22 December 2015.