Senior ROTC Cadet Leads Widener as “President for a Day”
Widener welcomed in a new, and temporary, president on April 10 as part of the university’s President for a Day event.
At the helm of the 200-year old institution was senior marking major and ROTC cadet Vincent Starkey. The Chester resident was chosen from a competitive pool of student applicants to lead the university for the day which included managing the weighty calendar of a university president complete with meetings with university leadership regarding enrollment and university finances. The annual tradition is an innovative showcase of the university’s commitment to experiential learning and leadership development.
As part of the presidential switch, Stacey Robertson, Widener’s 11th president, started her day with a pre-dawn ROTC physical training, followed by attending Starkey’s classes and socializing with Starkey’s peers and friends at lunch and throughout the day.
Starkey and Robertson’s calendars overlapped midday with a visit to Chester City Hall where Starkey was honored with a citation by Chester Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland for his role as President for a Day.
Take a look at highlights from the day