Provost Message - June 8, 2017

A Message From the Provost

Dear Members of the Villanova Community,

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Brett Frischmann, JD, as the Charles Widger Endowed University Professor in Law, Business and Economics, effective August 1.  Among Villanova’s highest academic honors, the University Professor recognizes distinguished faculty whose scholarly achievement and accomplishment spans disciplines and crosses traditional college boundaries. This interdisciplinary position, based in the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, was conceived and endowed as part of a $25 million leadership gift from Charles Widger ’73 JD.

In this new role, Professor Frischmann will promote cross-campus research, programming and collaboration; foster high-visibility academic pursuits at the national and international levels; have the ability to teach across the University; and position Villanova as a thought leader and innovator at the intersection of law, business and economics. This includes potential collaboration with, among other Villanova endeavors, the Law School’s John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship, the David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance, and the Villanova School of Business.

A renowned scholar in intellectual property and internet law, Professor Frischmann comes to Villanova from Cardozo Law School at Yeshiva University, where he was director of the Cardozo Intellectual Property and Information Law Program and a professor of Law. He is an affiliated scholar of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School and a trustee for the Nexa Center for Internet & Society at Politecnico di Torino, Italy. Professor Frischmann most recently served as the Microsoft Visiting Professor of Information and Technology Policy at Princeton University’s Center for Information and Technology Policy.

With his appointment, Villanova gains a leading academic whose scholarship and expertise span the legal, STEM and business fields. He will bring new perspectives to the Law School and the entire campus, further connecting the academic endeavors of our six colleges through his interdisciplinary work, scholarly achievement and cross-University collaboration.

Professor Frischmann holds a Bachelor of Arts in Astrophysics from Columbia University, a Master of Science in Earth Resources Engineering from Columbia University and a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Please join me in congratulating Brett on his new role.

Warm regards,


Patrick G. Maggitti, Ph.D.

Office of the Provost

Tolentine Hall, Room 103
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: 610.519.4525
Fax: 610.519.6200

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