Delaware Valley University recently celebrated the inauguration of its 14th president, Benjamin E. Rusiloski, Ph.D., who has served the university for more than 28 years, during a ceremony held in the Life Sciences Building auditorium on campus.
“I’m honored to be selected to build on the work of the presidents who have come before me,” said Rusiloski. “DelVal is a school that I’m proud to have served for so many years. This institution has excellent faculty and staff who are personally invested in the success of each student.”
Rusiloski played a significant role in implementing one of DelVal’s signature programs — Experience360 — established by a task force of faculty, staff and administrators led by Rusiloski to give students real world experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. Now in its 10th year of operation, Experience360 provides students with a plethora of hands-on learning opportunities in the fields they’re most passionate about. The implementation of this program ensures that 100 percent of DelVal students gain real world experience prior to graduation.
“Experience360 set the stage for students to begin building their careers from day one of their education at DelVal not only in their coursework but through an experiential learning program that prepares them and differentiates them from their peers at other institutions,” said Rusiloski. “As they head out to their first destination post-graduation, they will be prepared because of their DelVal education.”
Following the inauguration ceremony was the Student Harvest Festival, a new tradition at DelVal that’s run by students who are members of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences — a national society that encourages academic and professional advancement for minorities and their allies pursuing degrees in STEM-related fields. Students showcased their vegetables, legumes, fruit, beef and more, which they’ve grown and harvested.