Talk about a grand entrance. President Trevor Bates and his family arrived at the men’s soccer match with Marietta Saturday evening in style — Wilmington College style. They entered through the stadium’s east gate and drove halfway around the track to the home grandstand side in a motorized, four-person, well, Prez-Mobile.
The electric-powered cart is decked out in Wilmington College lime and dark green featuring an image of Quakerman emblazoned on the hood, the logo on the sides, the icon on the roof and a portrait of College Hall on the back window.
The Bates family purchased the Prez-Mobile as a means to promote the college in a fun and entertaining manner, as well as for the transportation advantages it offers. The street-legal vehicle will be seen in future parades in Wilmington and around campus, where the president will offer tours to special guests.
Indeed, WC students who accomplish great things might find themselves invited to take a joy ride. Also, the Prez-Mobile gives Bates the opportunity to (almost) be two places at once when special gatherings and events coincide or are scheduled back-to-back.
In the event one doesn’t notice the impending presence of the Prez-Mobile rambling across the campus, it features a unique horn — and the driver’s not afraid to use it.
Submitted by Randall Sarvis, senior director of public relations, Wilmington College.