Alumni Spotlight: Hugh O. Allen '95
Director of Commonwealth Relations
The University of Pennsylvania
My Widener Experience
why did you decide to major in political science?
I decided to major in political science as an extension of my upbringing. Even at a young age, I remember having an interest in public affairs; it was a part of family conversations. My grandfather, a plumber, gave us a first-hand tutorial by discussing American history and politics and having us watch shows like Wall Street Week with him prior to being able to watch The Muppet Show.
who was your favorite professor at widener? why?
Dr. Henderson was my favorite. There is something inspiring about learning about James Madison from someone who isn't afraid to show up dressed as Madison. His teaching brought political theory to life.
My Professional Experience
what do you like most about your current position?
I get to use what I learned at Widener in a professional setting, collaborating with governmental and external stakeholders on behalf of one of the commonwealth's premier institutions.
what advice would you give a prospective student considering your major?
A liberal arts education prepares you not only in the subject area you study, but more importantly how to understand and breakdown complex topics from multiple vantage points while strengthening your communications skills. These are invaluable skills no matter what you choose to do in life.