In Memoriam - Florence Wexler Vigilante
A profoundly creative leader and productive scholar, Dr. Florence Wexler Vigilante served on the faculty of the Hunter College (now Silberman) School of Social Work for 41 years. After receiving her MSW from Columbia University, she joined the faculty as a lecturer in 1969, then completed her DSW at Yeshiva University and was promoted to full professor in 1984. Dr. Vigilante held almost every significant leadership position in the School including ten years as Director of Admissions, and a record 16 years as Chairperson of the Clinical Practice (Casework) Sequence.
In 1983 she founded the Hunter College Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which she directed until her retirement. The EAP won national recognition and served as a model for other university-based EAPs around the country. She co-founded, with Dean Harold Lewis, the peer-reviewed periodical, Journal of Teaching in Social Work, which she edited for 21 years. She authored many publications in various journals, and was a much sought after speaker and presenter both locally and nationally. Dr. Vigilante was considered a master teacher, and mentored generations of young faculty in the Clinical and Human Behavior sequences. Her achievements were recognized by two Hunter College presidents, Donna Shalala in 1987 and Jennifer Raab in 2007, when she received the President’s Award for Distinguished Service.
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