April 3, 2017
Christopher M. Fiorentino will be inaugurated as West Chester University's 15th president during a formal investiture ceremony on Friday, April 21, at 10 a.m. in Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall. Wearing full academic regalia, representatives from Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and universities from throughout Pennsylvania will process into Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall. More than 1,000 faculty, students, staff, trustees, alumni, and friends are expected to attend. A reception will immediately follow on the University's Academic Quad. President Fiorentino is the first president in the University's history to incorporate hunger relief as part of the inaugural celebration.
In keeping with the University's commitment to make a difference in the lives of students and surrounding citizens, a three-week canned food drive to benefit the University's new Resource Pantry for students in need and the Chester County Food Bank kicked off on Tuesday, March 28, as a pre-inaugural volunteer service effort. Sixteen bins have been stationed across campus for daily drop-offs and scheduled collections by student teams; the bins will be available through Monday, April 17.Campus Food Drive donation bins can be found at the following sites:
An additional bin is located at the district office of State Representative Carolyn Comitta, 21 West Washington St., Suite A, in West Chester. Members of the local community are encouraged to drop off food at this location from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.
The WCU Presidential Inauguration Campus Food Drive is being co-chaired by West Chester University alumna Diana Fiorentino, retail dietitian at ShopRite of Washington Township and daughter of President and Mrs. Fiorentino. The effort is timely as the University enrolls nearly 30 students who are homeless and 10% of Chester County residents wrestle with food insecurity.
The amount of food collected will be announced during the president's inaugural address on Friday, April 21, which will focus on student success in the context of a supportive, inclusive community committed to providing each student with the necessary intellectual and practical skills needed to thrive in a global world.Christopher Fiorentino, who has been a faculty member and administrator at West Chester University for more than 30 years, was named president of the University on January 5, 2017 by the State System's Board of Governors.