Commencement 2018 Keynote Speaker
Thursday, May 17, 2018
The 2018 Commencement Ceremony Keynote Speaker is Dr. Christopher M. Fiorentino, President of West Chester University - Class of 1973
Christopher M. Fiorentino’s roots at West Chester University are broad and deep; he began teaching at WCU in 1983, while working on his doctoral degree in economics. He rose to become the dean of the College of Business and Public Affairs (now the College of Business and Public Management), a position he held for more than 20 years. In 2013, he became the vice president for External Operations; in 2016 was chosen to serve as the University's interim president; and on April 21, 2017 he was inaugurated as WCU’s 15th president.
President Fiorentino has been active in numerous leadership roles on campus, helping to secure AACSB accreditation for the School of Business; developing off-campus academic centers, including the Graduate Center in West Goshen Township; and working with faculty and supporters to create the Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center. As vice president for External Operations, President Fiorentino helped WCU fulfill its mission to serve local communities and the Commonwealth as a source of knowledge and skill development, a research center, and a service provider. His responsibilities included University operations at the State System's Center City Philadelphia site.
Dr. Fiorentino is married to WCU alumnae and assistant professor Susan Fiorentino, '86. The Fiorentinos have three children: Greg, Diana, and Jeff. The Fiorentinos also have two grandchildren.