August 2009

DSU Mouns the Passing of L.P. Mitchell



Ned Brown Jr., president of the New Castle Co. Chapter of the DSU Alumni Association, presents Littleton Mitchell with the organization's Achievement Award during its annual Scholarship Luncheon in April.

  July 09, 2009 The Delaware State University community is mourning with the rest of the state following the death of Littleton P. Mitchell, a former long time state NAACP president and staunch civil rights activist. Littleton Mitchell is shown in the late 1990s with the Joseph P. Del Tufo Achievement Award for Distinguished Service to Humanities — one of many awards he received in recognition of his dedicated work in civil rights. DSU Acting President Claibourne D. Smith said Mr. Mitchell has been a long time friend of Delaware State University who will be missed greatly. Littleton Mitchell is shown in the late 1990s with the Joseph P. Del Tufo Achievement Award for Distinguished Service to Humanities—one of many awards he received in recognition of his dedicated work in civil rights. “Littleton Mitchell served as an informal counsel to the DSU Board of Trustees and in particular to (interim DSU board chairman) Dr. John Land,” said Dr. Smith, who also served as the DSU board president from 1993-2008. “On behalf of the board and the DSU family, I can say that an absolute civil rights giant and long time supporter of DSU has been lost. Mr. Mitchell, 90, died Monday, July 6 from injuries sustained in a car accident that took place earlier that afternoon near his home in Delaware City. A native of Milford, Delaware, the former teacher is most prominently known for his 30 years of advocacy and leadership as president of the Delaware Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Over the years, he was honored with numerous awards that recognized his unwavering commitment to human and civil rights. Last April the New Castle County Chapter of the DSU Alumni Association recognized Mr. Littleton for his commitment and service to the community and the state, as well as his service to the country as a Tuskegee Airman.  

New Distance Learning Director Appointed

  August 24, 2009 Dr. Peter S. Cookson has been appointed to serve as the Delaware State University Director of Distance Education. For the past three years he served as the academic director of Consorcio Clavijero, a higher education network of 46 universities and other institutions that offered baccalaureate degrees via online distance education. He previously served as the director of the Center for Education and Information Technology at the United Nations-affiliated university in Costa Rica; professor of distance education and associate vice-president of academic and research at Athabasca University, Canada’s Open University; and associate professor and professor-in-charge of the graduate Adult Education Program at Penn State.  Dr. Peter S. Cookson   He currently serves as a book review editor of the journal, International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (, of which he was the founding editor, and serves on the comité científico of Revista Iberoamericana de Educación a Distancia, edited at the Universidad de Educación a Distancia (Spain) and published at the Universidad Tecnológica de Loja, Ecuador. He has served in professional leadership positions with the Commission of Professors of Adult Education (of North America), the Adult Education Association of the USA, and President of the Alberta Association of Adult and Continuing Education. A native of Liverpool, England, he has worked for many years in several countries in Latin America as well as in projects related to adult and continuing education and distance education in India, Sri Lanka, and Sudan. Dr. Cookson received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in sociology and Latin American studies from Brigham Young University and his Ph.D. in adult education from the University of Chicago. He has authored numerous refereed publications and is author and editor of three books about program planning for continuing education and training for adults. With a personal and professional commitment to the promotion of distance education programs that expand access to educationally underserved adults, Dr. Cookson says, “I look forward to collaborating with DSU faculty members to build online distance education courses and programs that extend DSU’s dual land grant and HBCU mission to people of diversity not only within the state of Delaware, but also throughout the nation and internationally.”