Winnie Gerhardt

Winnie GerhardtDirector of Transfer, Adult & Graduate Admission 

MBA in Management, Cleveland State University
B.S. in Biology, Muskingum University 

Contact:

wgerhard@bw.edu(440) 826-8002 

Serving students in the following areas: I lead a team of admission counselors who work with students who are not first-year students straight out of high school. This includes:

  • Full-time transfer students
  • Adults taking classes while they work and raise families
  • Accelerated BSN program students
  • Students seeking master’s degrees in physician assistant, speech-language pathology, public health and leadership in higher education
  • Graduate licenses for teachers and K-12 school leaders

My hometown: Lakewood, Ohio

What makes Baldwin Wallace University distinctive? BW is truly a community of learners where individuals are valued for the richness of their experiences, backgrounds, achievements and educational goals. I have great respect for the professors who not only share their knowledge in the classroom but mentor students in discussions over coffee outside of class. They see the potential in adult and graduate students who are paving a new career path for themselves. A Baldwin Wallace education is grounded in theory and chock-full of world-relevant application throughout the curriculum. On so many occasions students have told me with excitement, “I can’t believe that what we just talked about in class is something that I am better able to tackle at work today.”

What is the most interesting place I have visited? The Oregon Coast is spectacular, with all the majestic rock formations that rise from the ocean’s shoreline.

Where would I still like to visit that I haven't already? Portugal

What is my favorite movie? Of all time? Probably "The Incredible Journey."

What am I currently reading in my spare time?  This summer I read three historical fiction novels that centered around the best and worst of the human spirit during World War II: "All the Light We Cannot See," "The Nightingale" and "The Book Thief." 

What song can’t I get out of my head right now? "Ain’t No Mountain High Enough" by Diana Ross and the Supremes 

What do I love most about Berea and Cleveland?  Everything is so accessible. Berea is great university town with lovely neighborhoods, a beautiful MetroPark and restaurants nearby. And Cleveland is really owning its pride in diverse communities, arts and culture and great sports. All of this can be found within minutes of amazing Lake Erie.  This is a fantastic location to build a family, career and life. 

My message to students thinking about the value of college and BW: It is a privilege to work with adults who, at many different points in their lives and careers, come to BW to take the next step in learning and growing. They come here to update their knowledge and skills and to open new doors for themselves and their families. You won’t be anonymous here, and you won’t leave unchanged. I am thrilled that you are considering Baldwin Wallace University, and I truly believe that the education you experience here is life-changing.