Two Alumni Named to Prestigious New Posts
Web Editor - Published: December 11, 2013
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E. Christopher Abruzzo '92


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Jonathan Peri '99

Widener Law alumni E. Christopher Abruzzo ’92 and Jonathan Peri ‘99 both recently received prestigious new positions.

The Pennsylvania state senate confirmed Abruzzo, a graduate of Widener Law’s Harrisburg campus, as the secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection on December 10th. Abruzzo had served as the interim secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection since April of 2012.

Previously, he served as deputy chief of staff to the governor. Prior to his appointment to Governor Corbett’s staff, he served as a chief deputy attorney general in the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, supervising the drug strike force section. He oversaw all drug-related prosecutions conducted by the Attorney General’s Office in Pennsylvania. The work included grand jury and wiretap investigations and he was the office’s principal legal adviser on electronic surveillance and wiretap applications.

Jonathan Peri, a Delaware campus graduate, was elected as the President of The Delaware County Bar Association’s Board of Directors. His term will begin in January 2014. Peri, who is Vice President and General Counsel of Neumann University and the institution’s Chief Legal Officer and Program Director of the Neumann University Center for Leadership, will begin his term in January 2014.

“We are excited to have Jonathan Peri as the next President of the Delaware County Bar Association. He brings tremendous skills and expertise in law and corporate governance to this position. This background will help him to build on the work of previous presidents in setting a strategic plan for the association and in continuing to attract new members. Jonathan’s impressive and well-rounded background will further the great tradition and reputation of our Association,” said William Baldwin, Executive Director of the Delaware County Bar Association, in a press release.

Widener Law extends congratulations to both Mr. Abruzzo and Mr. Peri and wishes them success in their new roles.