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UVa-Wise chancellor and student trade places for good cause

Chancellor Henry and Danielle Holland
Chancellor Henry and Danielle Holland
(Photo by Jessica Shartouny)

Danielle Holland, a senior medical technology major at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, recently traded places with Chancellor Donna Henry during the seventh annual Chancellor for a Day.

Holland received the honor after she and fellow students collected more than 1,400 cans of food for community food banks.  The event was hosted by the National Residence Hall Honorary.

“We all brought in cans,” said Holland.  “Everyone in the science department helped out.  They wanted to get the Chancellor back in the science department to see how it was.”

April 9 was the switch day for Henry and Holland, beginning with an exchange of well wishes, schedules and handing off of Holland’s backpack. Acting Chancellor Holland spent the day in meetings with the College’s vice chancellors and other campus officials. 

“I started off with meetings at 9 o’clock in the morning,” said Holland. “Chancellor Henry has very busy job.  I didn’t realize how much she did. I had meetings every 30 minutes.”

Henry, as a student, attended and took notes in Holland’s microbiology, organic chemistry, immunology, and aerobics classes. The class schedule was followed by a quick lunch and unsuccessful fishing in the Lawn by the Lake.

“I had a great day and a very busy schedule,” said Henry. “I forgot what it was like to go from one class to the next.  By the time I made it to aerobics, I was pretty tired. It was a busy day and it is a busy life.  It was great to see some of the professors.”

The day ended with Henry and Holland sharing thoughts on their day and the official returning of the backpack in Slemp Student Center.

“This is a wonderful tradition that benefits the community and the food banks,” said Henry. “It is a good opportunity for the student to also understand and assume the role of the Chancellor, and I get to live the true student experience at the College.”