Alumni News & Updates
Robert Votta, Ph.D. came to the alumni office in the fall of 2016 with a story to tell. He wanted to share his experience of being one of the first admitted students in the summer of 1967.
Back then, admissions appointments were held with local professionals, and Robert’s appointment was in the law office of D. Barry Gibbons, a College solicitor and member of the first Board of Trustees. Although Robert was admitted to the College, he ended up attending Nebraska Wesleyan University, later graduating with a Business Administration degree in 1970. However, his academic travels would ultimately bring him back to the area. He graduated with an MBA from Saint Joseph’s University in 1984 and a Ph.D.in Health Policy in 2013 from the University of the Sciences.
Although he studied elsewhere, Robert has always held a special place in his heart for the College. He first returned to campus in 1980 to take two business courses approved as MBA pre-requisites. Later, he taught for the first time in 1985 as a College adjunct instructor for Introduction to Business (BUS100) for which he received a high evaluation from Professor Paul Donahue. He continued teaching various business courses on campus from 1985-2003 and arranged an academic articulation agreement with the University of the Sciences. This experience led him to three decades of teaching in both the classroom and distance learning formats on the topics of Accounting, Business Law, Management, Marketing, and Human Resource Management. In 2017, he returned to campus and audited a course for professional development.
In addition to sixteen years as an assistant business professor at the University of the Sciences, he has held adjunct faculty positions at West Chester University, Penn State University, Cabrini University, Delaware Technical and Community College, Valley Forge Military College and Peirce College.
Robert’s story is important as it highlights how far the College has come over our first 50 years. We’ve gone from personal admissions appointments with local professionals to online applications and serving more than 24,000 students annually. One thing that has not changed in our first half century of service, however, is that students often return here several times over the course of their careers. The College’s doors are always open to our graduates, our neighbors or anyone who wants to follow our mantra of “Find yourself here.”
Robert’s story and many others will be shared at the College’s 50th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, September 23, 2017 beginning at 11 a.m. on the Marple Campus. A detailed schedule is available at www.dccc.edu/50th-anniversary.
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