Her February 2011 appointment in Student Affairs brings to a close nearly two decades of service by Dr. Weidensaul to the department of athletics at Drexel. Under Weidensaul's leadership as associate athletic director the graduation rate among student-athletes was consistently higher than the University's average (91% 10-year average) and the GPA of all student athletes was a cumulative 3.18 last quarter. The ACHIEVE Center became a frequented place in the DAC for student-athletes to study, receive tutoring, and academic advising. During her time in athletics, 12 Academic All-Americans passed through this infrastructure under Weidensaul's supervision. In addition, Dr. Weidensaul became a national leader and served on many CAA and NCAA committees. She was in part responsible for creating a new vision within intercollegiate athletics by having student-athletes focus on “life skills” in pursuit of the development of a complete person through higher education and sports; a precursor to the NCAA's current campaign that every student-athlete will turn professional in something else besides their sport.
Dr. Weidensaul also used her organizational and competitive skills to work closely with the American Red Cross and the Drexel University community to create one of the biggest one-day blood collections in the Delaware Valley. The success of the CAA blood challenge at Drexel not only led to five consecutive CAA blood challenge “championships,” but also led to collecting over 1,000 pints of usable blood in one day, thus saving thousands of lives. As a result of her commitment, Dr. Weidensaul also serves on the Penn-Jersey Board of Directors of the Red Cross. In her new role as associate dean, Weidensaul will oversee the Office of International Students and Scholar Services, Multicultural Programs, Spiritual & Religious Life, Veteran Student Services, and Student Affairs Assessment, Retention, and Academic Support. Additionally, she will be working with Dean David Ruth in the day-to-day problem solving and crisis management with and for the student populations.
Dr. Weidensaul was appointed to the NCAA’s CHAMPS / Life Skills Advisory Board and served for nearly a decade. She participated in a variety of student affairs related panels and summits, bringing expertise on the area of academic services and student development in student-athlete populations. She has been a facilitator for several NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Conferences, NCAA CHAMPS / Life Skills Continuing Education Conferences and as a general assembly panelist at the annual NCAA Convention in 2007. Rebecca is a graduate of Gettysburg College and earned two degrees at Drexel University (Westphal College of Media Arts & Design & Goodwin School of Education). In 2001, Rebecca completed her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership Development and Learning Technologies at Drexel with her research focus on "Creativity as a Life Skill" and in 2006, she was the recipient of the American Creativity Association’s Torrance Graduate Student Research Award. Throughout the years, she has taught numerous courses on leadership, creativity, life skills and currently has an appointment in Goodwin College as Adjunct Associate Professor.