Bill Golderer to be the 2022 Commencement Speaker at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Bill GoldererSt. Davids, PA: Eastern University is pleased to welcome Bill Golderer, President and Chief Executive Officer of the ​​United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ), as the May 2022 commencement speaker. 

Bill leads UWGPSNJ’s mission to fight poverty and expand opportunity for all by harnessing the collective power of more than 100,000 donors, advocates, and volunteers within our region. 

As senior pastor at Arch Street Presbyterian Church, founder of Broad Street Ministry, and co-founder of Rooster Soup Company, Bill has a natural ability to embolden and inspire people from all walks of life to work together for a more equitable and inclusive community.  

Bill is a graduate of Southern Methodist University (B.A.) and Yale University Divinity School (M.Div.), and is an Ordained Minister in the Presbyterian Church, PC (USA). He has authored a number of articles and op-eds, contributed to several books, and has been a commentator for Huffington Post, CNN, and The History Channel. Bill continues to lecture and teach coursework at institutions including Princeton Theological Seminary and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and he is a Senior Fellow at Fels School of Government at University of Pennsylvania. He serves on several governing and advisory boards of arts, social service, and social innovation organizations in the Philadelphia area. 

He has been named one of Philadelphia’s 101 Emerging Connectors (2010 LEADERSHIP Philadelphia), 100 Most Influential Philadelphians (2017 Philadelphia Magazine), and one of the 76 Most Influential People in Philadelphia (2020 Philadelphia Magazine).

Eastern’s Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 7 at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, visit 

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