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Ludlow Grad Becomes President of Thomas More - for One Day

Thomas More College got a new president - for one day.

Kelsee Aker, a freshman elementary education major, took over for TMC president David Armstrong at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday during the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce's Eggs 'N Issues event at Receptions Banquet and Conference Center in Erlanger. Armstrong was joined by Northern Kentucky University president Geoff Mearns and Gateway Community & Technical College president Fernando Figueroa for a panel discussion about higher education in the region.

Aker's day ended twelve hours later, after Armstrong spoke at the Cincinnati chapter meeting of Financial Executives International.

The idea of having a TMC student serve as President for the Day came from members of the Student Activities Board who brought the idea to Dean of Students Kevin Reynolds. “It sounded like a lot of fun to me and a great way for a student to see first-hand the inner workings of the college and the many facets of President Armstrong’s job,” Reynolds said.  

“It’s just been so informative,” Kelsee shared.  “I’ve been learning about how Thomas More College connects with other colleges, how busy the days are, how much President Armstrong has to do in one day, and how much he loves Thomas More College.”  

Aker, a graduate of Ludlow High School, shares Armstrong’s love of Thomas More College, along with his passion for making the most of 24 hours in the day. In addition to her class work, Aker is a student ambassador, participates in community work-study, and is a member of the Education Club.   

Over the last few weeks, the student body nominated their peers for the honor of representing them as President for the Day. From those nominations, the Student Activities Board randomly selected three finalists. TMC’s student body then voted on which of the three finalists would serve as president and Kelsee, a first-year student, came out the winner.   

-Staff report
Photo: Kelsee Aker, Thomas More College President David A. Armstrong, and Vice President of Enrollment Management Chris Powers, PhD (provided)