On July 1, 2020, Christopher F. Roellke, PhD, became the 10th president of Stetson University - in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, we will celebrate his presidency with an official inauguration. Hatters everywhere, please join in the fun and festivities!
Long before he was even officially in office, he was active in Stetson's COVID-19 discussions and is widely credited for instilling three principles in all of Stetson’s actions and decisions: empathy, kindness, and shared ownership.
He led efforts with faculty and students to establish priorities for the university budget in the face of the pandemic, with a net result of a better-than-expected 2020-2021, putting Stetson in a solid financial position. Moody’s recently announced the university's "stable" rating is remaining unchanged despite the overall impact of COVID-19 on colleges and universities everywhere.
Roellke launched a series of weekly and monthly webinars, now known by his nickname, "Rolks Report Live," that has been well received by students, faculty and staff, and he is credited for maintaining open communications with the university community during the past academic year.
Read more about President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD, and professor of Education and American Studies.
In conjunction with Inauguration is Stetson’s Homecoming. Please visit the Homecoming 2021 website for a complete schedule of events.
Inauguration Weekend Events
Friday, Nov. 5, 2021
1-5 p.m. - Academic Symposium
7-8:30 p.m. - School of Music Inauguration Concert | Elizabeth Hall, Lee Chapel
Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021
9 a.m. - Inauguration of President Christopher F. Roellke | Edmunds Center
10:30 a.m. - Presidential Picnic and Alumni Awards | Stetson Green
1 p.m. - Stetson Football vs. University of Dayton | Spec Martin Memorial Stadium