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Service with a Smile — Widener’s Don Devilbiss

March 22, 2012

At a recent university-wide faculty and staff meeting, President James T. Harris III referred to Don Devilbiss, newly named acting dean of Widener’s University College, as probably the nicest person on campus.

I can’t disagree. I had the pleasure recently to write a profile of Don for Grow, University College’s triannual publication. Now in his 45th year with Widener, Don also is the winner of the 2012 R. Kelso Carter Award from the Alumni Association and will be recognized at the awards dinner on April 14.

My favorite part of the story was learning that Don once wore his cap and gown to deliver the diploma to a graduate who inadvertently scheduled her wedding on the same day as graduation. She was unable to attend graduation, so that afternoon Don delivered her diploma at her wedding reception. To read the story and learn more about Devilbiss, click here.

— Sam Starnes, Editor

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