Healthy Learners announces the addition of Frank J. Wideman, III to the Healthy Learners Board of Trustees

Frank J. Wideman, III

New board member brings a wealth of experience to the Board’s governance

COLUMBIA – Healthy Learners announces the addition of Frank J. Wideman, III to the Healthy Learners Board of Trustees.

Healthy Learners is a faith-based non-profit that connects children to care so that poor health is not an obstacle to doing well in school. The organization has worked tirelessly to remove health barriers to learning that have impeded children in South Carolina from achieving their fullest academic potential.

As Healthy Learners sharpens their focus on creating a more efficient service delivery model that can exponentially expand their reach and impact in the state of South Carolina, they welcome the addition of an exceptional new board member. “I am excited to serve on the board of Trustees for Healthy Learners. We at the Self Family Foundation have been long-time supporters of the Healthy Learners Greenwood program. I’ve seen first-hand how powerful this program is in removing health barriers to learning for children, allowing them to become successful learners,” said Frank J. Wideman, III, president of the Self Family Foundation. Healthy Learners is very pleased to have Frank join their board and look forward to his contributions to help advance the mission of the organization.

Frank J. Wideman, III is a native of Washington, D.C. He attended the Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in political science. Frank served 24 years as a career officer in the United States Army, retiring in 1993 as a lieutenant colonel. Since then, he has served as president of the Self Family Foundation. Wideman has been active in organized philanthropy as a founding member and first chair of the South Carolina Grantmakers Network; a trustee and chair of the Southeastern Council of Foundations; and, a trustee of the National Center for Family Philanthropy. In addition, Frank served as the chair of the South Carolina Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, chair of Preservation South Carolina, and board member of the South Carolina United Way. Wideman is also active in the economic development of the Greenwood area, serving as chair of the Greenwood Partnership Alliance and past chair of the Greater Greenwood Chamber of Commerce.

Frank lives on a fifth-generation family farm (built in 1825) near Bradley, South Carolina, with his wife Lisa, six dogs, and a cat. Frank and Lisa attend the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection where Frank has served on the Vestry and as Senior Warden. They have two adult daughters, Sarah and Dessa.

About Healthy Learners
Healthy Learners was founded in 1992 based on the belief that children learn better when they are healthy. A ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Health System, Healthy Learners has five programs that serve 150 schools across twelve South Carolina school districts. The counties served are Allendale, Dillon, Fairfield, Georgetown, Greenwood, Lexington and Richland. For more information, see


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