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Audition the College President? It Couldn't Hurt to Ask


As a concert coordinator for the Campus Activities Board, one of my duties is making promotional videos for major events. Our video for Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson’s comedy show received over 7,000 views. Its theme revolved around holding open tryouts to find the perfect headliner, and one of its stars was Hamilton President David Wippman.

about josh rothstein

Major: Government

Activities: Campus Activities Board, tour guide

Hometown: New York, N.Y.

High School: Riverdale Country School

I emailed President Wippman asking if he’d do a mock audition for the video, and he wrote back — the same day — agreeing to participate. He showed up ready to go at 9 a.m. with his own material, energy and enthusiasm. He told a ridiculous “Dad” joke comparing college presidents to cemetery caretakers, and it was hilarious. I had a great time seeing a different side of him. I think it says a lot about the Hamilton community that I could ask our president to be in a student video, and he would do everything in his power to help the project succeed.

Contact Information


Media Relations Office

198 College Hill Road 
Clinton, NY 13323
315-859-4680 pr@hamilton.edu
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