Senator Rockefeller and Ted Koppel Host a Fireside Chat at WV Wesleyan
It was a celebratory day at West Virginia Wesleyan College as Senator Jay Rockefeller returned to campus for the first time in nearly eight years.
"We were delighted to be the host, and delighted to welcome him back home," said Wesleyan Vice President of Advancement Bob Skinner.
The college hosted a fireside chat for the senator and moderated journalist Ted Koppel. The senator is no stranger to Wesleyan, as he served as president of the college from 1973 to 1976.
"This will give the senator an opportunity to talk about how his experience have shaped his life and his impact on people of West Virginia, and why public service and public policy are important today," said Skinner
While Senator Rockefeller discussed his political career, he also expressed his passion for higher education.
"Getting back into politics was not easy, but I was looking to make the most difference and I felt that I could do that through politics," said Senator Rockefeller.
Key issues discussed at the event included his work abroad as well as the threats the nation faces such as poverty and cyber security. In addition to Ted Koppel singing, the senator's most memorable piece of advice was the need for more public servants, not just in elected office.
"That's teaching, that's being a nurse, that's being an EMT, that's firefighter, everything. It's not just called an elected political office," said Senator Rockefeller.
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