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The State College for Colored Students, now known as Delaware State University, was established May 15, 1891 by the Delaware General Assembly under the provisions of the Morrill Act of 1890 by which land-grant colleges for Blacks came into existence in states maintaining separate educational facilities. Through the conservative and practical planning of the Board of Trustees appointed by Delaware Gov. Robert J. Reynolds, the College was launched upon its mission of education and public service on February 2, 1892. Five courses of study leading to a baccalaureate degree were offered: Agricultural, Chemical, Classical, Engineering, and Scientific. A Preparatory Department was established in 1893 for students who were not qualified to pursue a major course of study upon entrance. A three-year normal course leading to a teacher's certificate was initiated in 1897. The College graduated its first class of degree candidates in May 1898. The normal course of study (teacher education) was extended to four years in 1911 and the Bachelor of Pedagogy degree was awarded to students upon satisfactory completion of the curriculum. In 1912, the courses of study were changed to Academic, Agricultural, Mechanic Arts and Domestic Science. The Bachelor of Pedagogy degree was awarded upon completion of the academic curriculum. A certificate of graduation was granted upon completion of the other courses of study. In the 1916-1917 school year, the Preparatory Department was phased out, a Model Grade School was established, and a high school diploma was granted on completion of a four-year course of study. In 1923, a Junior College Division was added. Four-year curricula in the Arts and Sciences, Elementary Education, Home Economics, Agriculture, and Industrial Arts were established in 1932. The College graduated its first class of bachelor-degree candidates completing one of these four-year courses of study in June 1934. In 1944, the College received provisional accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. In 1947, the name of the institution was changed to "Delaware State College" by legislative action. In November 1949, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education revoked the accreditation of the institution. This was a severe blow to the prestige of the College. Strenuous efforts were exerted to maintain the existence of the College and to make it an accredited four-year land-grant institution. At the end of the 1951-52 school year, the High School Division was discontinued. In April 1957, the College was fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education in 1962, 1972, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997 and 2002 reaffirmed this accreditation. Concurrently, the University achieved and maintained accreditation of its teacher education programs by the Delaware State Board of Education. On July 1, 1993, Delaware State College turned another chapter in its history when Gov. Thomas Carper signed a name change into law, thus renaming the College to Delaware State University. Since 1957, the University has grown in stature as a center for teaching, research, and public service. The purpose of the University has broadened in keeping with changing times. While recognizing its heritage, the University is among the top premier Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in the country, while serving a diverse student population. Undergraduate studies are organized into six colleges that contain a total of 20 academic departments, which offer 64 bachelor degrees, 22 master degrees and five doctoral degrees. Accreditations include the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Council on Social Work Education, the Accrediting Council for Programs in Hospitality Administration, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, as well as from the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education. The University’s College of Business is nationally and internationally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The underpinning of the growth and development of Delaware State University has been the leadership of its ten presidents, including Wesley P. Webb (1891 – 1895), William C. Jason (1895 – 1923), Richard S. Grossley (1923 – 1942), Howard D. Gregg (1942 – 1949), Oscar J. Chapman (1950 – 1951), Jerome H. Holland (1953 – 1960), Luna I. Mishoe (1960 – 1987), William B. DeLauder (1987 – 2003), Allen L. Sessoms (2003 – 2008), and Harry L. Williams (November 2009-Present). Maurice E. Thomasson served as acting president from 1949 to 1950 and from 1951 to 1953. Claibourne D. Smith served as acting president from September 2008 to January 2010. As a result of their efforts, the University is well positioned to reach new levels of prestige and respect in the new millennium. As of the fall 2013, the University’s student enrollment has grown to 4,505 students. The University’s physical infrastructure has grown from its 1891 beginning as a 100-acre property with three buildings to a beautiful 356-acre pedestrian campus with over 50 buildings and four outdoor athletic fields. The University also has two farm properties in the Kenton and Smyrna areas, two University satellite sites in Wilmington and Georgetown, and its Airway Science Program maintains it fleet of planes and base of operation at the Delaware Air Park in Cheswold.

Legal Sources of Music & Video

Congress recently passed H.R. 4137, the Higher Education Opportunity Act (“HEOA” or the "Act"), which is a massive piece of legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act that the President will soon sign into law. This legislation imposes an array of new federal regulatory and reporting requirements for colleges and universities. Two of these provisions are designed to reduce illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted works through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing. Because of this provision, the University has had to reduce the bandwidth allowed for P2P protocols to the minimum possible. Unfortunately, this affects all use of P2P protocols, including legal (ie. you paid for it) downloading of music and the operation of many game devices. Until the developers of game devices move those devices to protocols other than P2P, they will continue to be hindered - there is nothing that the University can do to prevent it. Below is a list of some free legal music websites for your listening pleasure. Radio Stations: Last FM  |  Pandora  |  AOL  |  Yahoo  |  Live365  |  Realmusic Music Sources (some may charge a fee): AOL Music  |  Artist Direct  |   Audio Candy  |  Best Buy  |  BET  |  BuyMusic  |  Catsmusic  |  CD Baby  |  Dimples Music  |  Electric Fetus  |  Emusic  |  FYE  |  iMesh  |  iTunes  |  Liquid Audio  |  |  Napster  |   Passalong  |  Pro-Music  |  Rolling Stone  |  Ruckus  |  Spinner  |   Wal-Mart  |   Zune If there are any questions, please contact your appropriate Congressional Representative or Senator, as they are the only people who can affect this decision.  If you live in Delaware, you may contact the U.S. Senators for Delaware: Biden, Joseph R., Jr.- (D - DE) 201 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC, 20510 (202) 224-5042   Carper, Thomas R.- (D - DE) 513 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC, 20510 (202) 224-2441  

Faculty Senate

  On behalf of the Delaware State University Faculty Senate, "Welcome!" Faculty participation in the shared governance of DSU is more important than ever. As the chair of the faculty senate I ask that you stay involved with the vital issues facing the University. In our goal to go paperless, the minutes, proposals, reports, upcoming agenda, etc. are posted for your examination on the Faculty Senate Forum on Blackboard. If your department has not already, please forward the names of your Faculty Senator(s) and alternate(s) for the current academic year to me ( ) and the Vice Chair, Myna German ( Stephanie Milbourne is the Senate recorder ( Several openings are available on our senate committees. These committees are an excellent opportunity for every faculty member to provide service and leadership to the university, get to know other faculty and staff, and do the valuable work of the faculty senate. Email the me to get involved. Your service counts.   Respectfully submitted, Jan Blade, Chair, Faculty Senate. FROM THE BY-LAWS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES, DELAWARE STATE UNIVERSITY Unless otherwise ordered by the Board of Trustees, authority is hereby delegated to the university faculty to develop and administer the academic and educational policies of the university in accordance with the provisions of the following regulations. The Faculty shall: Establish departmental curricula and courses. Develop rules, regulations and discipline for the student body. Determine educational academic policies of admission. Determine requirements for degrees and recommend candidates for degrees, which shall be conferred by the   President of the University under the authority of the Board of Trustees. It shall be the privilege of the faculty: To recommend to the Board of Trustees the establishment of any degree to be awarded and the disestablishment of any degree. To consider matters of general interest to the university and make recommendations to the President of the University for presentation to the Board of Trustees. (Chapter 2, Section II) FACULTY SENATE CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS Function: The Faculty Senate is the primary governing body of the faculty. It shall serve as a channel of communication between the faculty and the administration and, through the administration, to the Board of Trustees. It shall seek means to raise the level of all aspects of professional performance. It shall be the instrument by which the faculty carries out its responsibilities under the Charter and Bylaws of the Board of Trustees of Delaware State University. [Article I, Section 2] Responsibilities : The Faculty Senate is the chief governing body under the authority of the faculty. It shall possess the primary responsibility and authority to review, discuss, and make policy recommendations in such areas as curriculum, standards, research, faculty status, honorary degrees, and student activities related to the academic life of the University. [Article I, Section 3] Duties and Responsibilities of Faculty Senators: Faculty Senators are expected to attend all Faculty Senate meetings. Faculty Senators are expected to communicate to their respective departments all actions of the Faculty Senate. Faculty Senators are expected to communicate to the full Senate any of their respective departmental concerns.  

The Echo

The Echo Winter-Spring 2015 issue Alumni Spotlight Ready to help DSU ‘become the model for HBCUs’ New Board of Trustees Chairman David Turner ’86 aims to lend his 30-year career experience in data management and analytics as his alma mater embarks upon a transformation. Full story Making a difference in the legal community Carolyn Golden Hebsgaard ‘65 leads two New England consortiums that work to recruit and retain lawyers of color. Full story   ALUMNI HIGHLIGHTS CHAPTER, CLASS NOTES Alumni Otis Brown III ’97 and Dr. Carlton “Butch” Cannon Jr. ’99 saw their jazz inspirations nurtured at DSU. Full story Chapter, Class Notes   THE BUZZ Click here to read about the latest news and happenings at DSU   GIVING   HORNET ATHLETICS      




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Delaware State University Alumni Scholarships

To determine the status of additional scholarship funds, for applications, or for more information, visit our scholarships page and check out what fits you best. DSU tries to help our students meet their financial needs (Financial Need = Cost of Attendance – Expected Family Contribution). In addition to scholarships, students in need of additional educational funds might consider: To determine the status of additional scholarship funds, for applications, or for more information, visit our scholarships page and check out what fits you best. DSU tries to help our students meet their financial needs (Financial Need = Cost of Attendance – Expected Family Contribution). In addition to scholarships, students in need of additional educational funds might consider: Contacting businesses, civic organizations, fraternal or religious organizations to ask if they offer scholarships Speaking to high school administrative or counseling staff about available scholarships Contacting a local library for further resource information Researching the World Wide Web for helpful sites such as ADDITIONAL FUNDS AVAILABLE   Information regarding the availability, nature and criteria of alumni scholarships may change without notice. For this reason, interested persons are advised to verify all information through the Scholarship Office before applying. Scholarships are also sponsored by individual alumni and organizations. To obtain a more comprehensive listing, or for more information about other types of financial aid, consult the University Catalogs Visit the Financial Aid Office located in the Administration Building, or visit the scholarships page on this site.


Administration Building
1200 N. DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
Delaware State University provides personal attention and recognition from a talented, dedicated staff—from coaches to counselors to police officers. Consider us your own support team, ready to help you succeed. You can search for a particular staff person by name, department or building by using the directory.  Or, refer to the contact page for important University phone numbers, e-mail addresses and locations.

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The DSU Choir led by choir director, Dr. Curtis Powell performed recently at Legislative Hall in Dover, DE.  Click here to view more pictures.


Media Requests

For media requests pertaining to a need for expert input or information about DSU, please contact The Office of Public Relations located on the second floor of the Administration and Student Services Building. 

Carlos Holmes

Tracy Channel

For information pertaining to sports or an interview with any athlete or coach, please contact the Sports Media Relations Director: 

Dennis Jones


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Purchasing Department

DIRECTOR'S LETTER Welcome to Delaware State University Purchasing Department website!  The  Purchasing Department's goal is to provide purchasing services to all of the organizational units within the University.  Customer service and accountability are our top priorities. Purchasing is one of several Departments within the Finance Division. Specific services include but are not limited to central contracting, purchasing, printing and publishing. The Delaware Code Title 29 §6933 allows that DSU may participate in, sponsor, conduct or administer a cooperative purchasing agreement for the procurement of material or non-professional services with one or more public procurement units either within the State or with another state in accordance with an agreement entered into between the participants.  The Director is responsible for establishing, maintaining, and ensuring compliance with purchasing policies and procedures. DSU strives to provide for the purchase of materials and services that will be available at the time and place indicated in addition to the quantity and price consistent with the needs of the University.  As you visit our site you will discover the range of services offered, from contact and vendor information, to training and Frequently Asked Questions.  If you have any questions please contact us! Thank you, Jessica Wilson, Director of Purchasing  

Purchasing Staff

Jessica Wilson
Director of Purchasing

Lucie S. Jeneske, MBA
Purchasing Coordinator

Robert Zipp
Purchasing Coordinator

Purchasing Specialist III



Office of Human Resources


The Office of Human Resources is located on the second floor of the Administration building.

Contact Information:
DSU Office of Human Resources
1200 N. DuPont Hwy.
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: 302.857.6261
Fax: 302.857.6264

Office of Human Resources Mission Statement The Office of Human Resources is committed to provide superior service that will recruit and retain a diverse workforce to accomplish the goals and objectives of the University. We will accomplish this by exceeding our principles and standards of excellence in every interaction with our internal and external customers Benefits and Compensation Compensation Direct Deposit Direct deposit is an option for employees hired prior to December 31, 1995. Direct deposit is a condition of employment for all personnel hired after January 1, 1996. ePay Online Employee Self-Service secure log in for online pay information.  ePay online instructions Benefits Overview of Benefits The University provides health insurance benefits to eligible employees through the State of Delaware health insurance plan.  Details for these plans are available at Medical, dental and vision care Flex Spending Account Employee Assistance Program Prescriptions Disability Insurance program Life Insurance Consult your CBA or Professional Employees Handbook (Non-Faculty) for specifics Annual leave Paid holidays Sick leave Personal leave Military leave Jury duty leave Bereavement leave Tuition Remission for dependent children Family and Medical leave Educational benefits Parking Retirement Delaware State University employees are members of the State of Delaware Retirement Plan. Visit for details. Deferred Compensation It is the policy of Delaware State University to provide many options for employees to participate in tax shelters and deferred compensation plans.  See your Benefits Coordinator for more information.

Meet Our Staff

Ms. Irene Chapman-Hawkins
Senior Associate Vice President Human Resources
(302) 857-6261
Ms. Beverley Brown
Human Resources Generalist – Wage and Salary
(302) 857-6261
Ms. Sandra Golson
Assistant to the Senior Associate Vice President Human Resources
(302) 857-6261
Ms. Vernice Oney
Benefits Coordinator
(302) 857-6261
Ms. Janice Hilliard
Human Resources Technician
(302) 857-6261


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Adult and Continuing Education

Administration Delaware State University provides personal attention and recognition from a talented, dedicated staff—from coaches to counselors to police officers. Consider us your own support team, ready to help you succeed. Use the links below to find contact information for administrative staff throughout the university. You can also return to the top of the directory and find more detailed contact information for individuals and departments using the Campus Directory. Division of Adult and Continuing Education Home Page  | Directory Distance Education Home Page |   Sussex Site Home Page |   Wilmington Site Home Page |