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Getting to know...the Admission Office’s David DeWitt

March 17, 2011
dewitt David Dewitt, Associate Director of Admission

dewitt What would David DeWitt be doing if he weren’t
working at Centre? Starring in the Captain America
movie to be released this summer. (See answer #16.)
1. Position at Centre?
Associate Director of Admission.

2. Where did you grow up (and describe the place in one phrase or sentence)?
Owenton, Ky. Mayberry with less-interesting characters.

3. What are your hobbies?
Reading, having opinions about things that are none of my business.

4. What is your dream vacation?
At the moment, anything that involves warm sunshine, mild breezes and a relaxed pace.

5. Favorite artist and/or work of art?
I’m not particularly knowledgeable about art, but I’m a fan of Impressionist painters like Monet.

6. Favorite novel or poem?
I’m sort of a philistine when it comes to literature, too. The book that always comes to mind for me is “Early Autumn” by Robert B. Parker which is just detective fiction. Sad, isn’t it?

7. Favorite sport (to watch or play)?
Football – along with most of America.

8. Favorite TV show?
Probably “Maverick” or “The Rockford Files,” James Garner being the common denominator.

9. Favorite album?
The Temptations: the Ultimate Collection.

10. Favorite holiday?
Christmas...Or maybe Groundhog Day. No, Christmas.

11. Favorite food?
A Cheeseburger with lettuce, pickle, tomato and mayo.

12. Most prized possession?
I’m not sure I have one. I’m tempted to say my family but that’s not really a possession. I know–a box of old comic books in my basement!

13. Three people, living or deceased, who you’d invite to the same dinner party?
Sean Connery, Harrison Ford and James Garner (see above).

14. Favorite aspect of your job?
The people I work with–seriously. Apart from that, probably the fact that I get to meet new people almost daily.

15. Most memorable experience of your youth?
Scoring what was almost certainly the slowest 91-yard touchdown run in the history of high school athletics.

16. What would you be doing if you weren't working at Centre?
Starring in the Captain America movie to be released this summer. Okay, maybe not. Probably working in some area of counseling or clinical psychology or doing regional theatre and living in a hovel.

 [While not the star of Captain America, DeWitt is one of the stars of a recent admission office short film, “How Centre College Evaluates Your Application.”]

17. Educational experience that's been most helpful to you?
Struggling mightily in calculus as a freshman (we didn’t say “first year” back then) was painful but very valuable. It brought home the point that you really do need to invest a lot of time and effort on some things.

18. Fictional character in whose shoes you’d love to spend a day?
Boston P.I. Spenser–see my lame choice of favorite novel above.

19. Favorite place on campus (and why)? Breckinridge Hall.
I lived there as a sophomore and a senior and those were good years.

20. Advice you'd give to a first-year college student to make success more likely?
Don’t get behind in calculus! Or, more generally, don’t spread yourself too thin right off the bat. You can and should do all sorts of fun and interesting things in college, but you don’t have to do all of them in your first semester.

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