Education student David Mayer wins President for a Day contest

President for a day story imageAfter weeks of promotions, the second annual President for a Day contest is now closed and a winner has been selected. On Feb. 26, David Mayer, who recently graduated from kinesiology, and is now an education student, will become York University’s President for a Day.

President Mamdouh Shoukri with President for a Day David Mayer

“I would like to congratulate David on his winning submission,” said Shoukri. “He is an incredible ambassador of this University, having really embraced the student experience, the academics and community engagement here at York.”

Mayer will swap roles with Shoukri for a day. Mayer will manage the institution, attend all of the president’s meetings and take care of his many other obligations and duties. That same day, Shoukri will attend Mayer’s classes and participate in his many extracurricular activities in order to really appreciate student life.

In total, more than 40 students were inspired to submit an essay or video answering the question: “What would be your top three priorities that would directly impact students if you were appointed president of York University?”

Mayer’s winning entry addressed the need to increase student pride, promote the University’s successes and enhance the student experience.

“I would like to thank everyone who entered. Given the number of submissions this year, this is proving to be a really popular initiative. But more importantly, it’s an innovative way to really learn about the student experience, and make it even better.”

For more information, visit York University’s President for a Day website or follow Mayer and Shoukri on Twitter at @YorkUPresOffice or #yupres4aday.