Wisniewska was one of four volunteers selected by the March of Dimes "that best exemplify commitment to the community through volunteer service and excellence in their respective fields of business, education, health, and public service." She will be honored at the organization's annual "Salute to Excellence in Delaware County" at the Drexelbrook Wedding and Banquet facility in Drexel Hill, on Thursday, October 4.

In her role as Chancellor, Dr. Wisniewska has forged partnerships with local institutions, including the Chamber of Commerce, the Middletown Business Association and Rotary of America. She has revamped the Campus Advisory Board to include a more representative group and to engage increased corporate and philanthropic leadership. Under her direction, a new campus entrance was constructed, financed in part with private funds that she successfully secured.

She has recruited 15 new faculty and staff, and has improved the credentials of the entering freshman class, raising entrance requirements while increasing overall enrollment.

She is the author of more than two dozen scholarly articles and conference presentations, and holds numerous academic and community honors and awards. She serves on the boards of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, the Workforce Investment of Delaware County, Riddle Village, New Horizons Montessori School and the Montgomery County Lands Trust.

The rest of this year's March of Dimes honorees are: Dan Brodeur, owner and executive chef of Brodeur's on State Street, as the business honoree; Sue Bradley, administrative director of managed care at Crozer-Keystone Health System, as the health honoree; and Bill Tyson, director of communications and public affairs for ConocoPhillips, as the public service honoree.

The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds programs of research, community services, education, and advocacy to save babies and in 2003 launched a campaign to address the increasing rate of premature birth.

Pictured from left to right: Sophia Wisniewsk, Dan Brodeur, Sue Bradley, and Bill Tyson.