Ian Foley, Class President
School and Major/Minor: Political Science and Communication Studies
Year: Senior (2014)
Hometown: Whitehall, PA
Activities On and Off Campus:
Vice President of Student Government, Resident Assistant (Roth Hall), Chairman of College Republicans, Member of the Programming Board, Member of the Health and Wellness Club, 2012 Installation Committee Member, State Republican Party Intern, Political Director of the Luzerne County Republican Party (2011-2012), Executive Board Member for PA Federation of College Republicans (2nd Vice Chair)
Career Aspirations: I would like to get my Master’s degree in Public Administration with the intent of pursuing a career in political management.
Most Worthwhile Leadership Experience: In the summer of 2011, I had the opportunity to take the role of political director of the Luzerne County Republican party. This provided me the chance to work with the executive director of the county party. I also had the opportunity to facilitate committee-training projects to assist in setting up training projects in order for them prepare for the election.
Besides the training project –I also had the opportunity to facilitate committee-training projects that prepared the party for the general election, as well as coordinate grassroots outreach for candidates.
Best thing about being a student at Wilkes University: Wilkes University is in a great location. It’s great to be near downtown Wilkes-Barre so you can walk to potential internship opportunities.
Before I even came to Wilkes, I ran into people who were Wilkes graduates. One great thing that stood out to me was the amount of Alumni who are great community leaders.
Why Wilkes: I chose Wilkes because it was the best of both worlds, both urban and rural. The opportunities to succeed are endless – at Wilkes, you are at one of the focal points of Northeast Pennsylvania. It’s small enough to where you know everyone but big enough where there has to be some sort of activity or leadership to get involved in.