Wendell Pritchett

Board Member

Provost; Presidential Professor of Law and Education, University of Pennsylvania

Wendell Pritchett is Provost at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to this appointment, he served as a Professor and Interim Dean at Penn Law. His scholarly work focuses on urban history, especially housing, race relations, and economic development.

Previously, Wendell was the Chancellor of Rutgers-Camden, the Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Policy for Mayor Michael Nutter, and a member of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission. He also spent five years as Assistant Professor of History at Baruch College of the City University of New York. In 2007, he chaired the Urban Policy Task Force for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. Earlier in his career, Wendell served as Director of District Offices for U.S. Representative Thomas Foglietta and as an attorney representing nonprofits in the development of affordable housing. Over the past 20 years, he has played a leadership role in numerous nonprofit organizations.

Wendell holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University, a JD from Yale University, and a PhD in history from the University of Pennsylvania.