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Wesley Graduate Named Legislative Fellow


Wesley College political science alum and graduate assistant Tanner Polce ’12 was named a Legislative Fellow for the 2014 Delaware General Assembly session. This year was the first opportunity for Wesley to participate in the program, after a stringent review process.

“Wesley College is honored to be able to participate in a program as prestigious as the Legislative Fellows. I am grateful to Dr. Jerome Lewis at the University of Delaware and to the leadership of the General Assembly for granting Wesley access to this wonderful opportunity,” said Associate Professor of Political Science Cynthia Newton. “I am excited that Tanner was chosen in our first year participating in the selection process, he is a stellar example of the high-quality students here at Wesley College.”

The Legislative Fellows Program started in 1982 as a collaborate effort between the Delaware General Assembly and the University of Delaware. It has since added Wesley College and Delaware State University as partners. Highly selective, Fellows are chosen via a University-wide competition. They gain valuable real-world experience and play an active role in finding solutions to a variety of pertinent issues in Delaware including education reform and juvenile justice.

Legislative Fellows work in Dover for 20 hours a week from January until June. They earn a monetary stipend and take a three-credit graduate seminar titled “State and Local Government: Management and Policy” as part of the program.

Polce will spend his time as a Fellow working with the Senate Majority Caucus during the upcoming legislative session.