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Mark A. Turner

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2013-Present Mark A. Turner First appointed by the board in 2012 to fill a vacant seat that had not been filled since the 2005 enacted legislation that expanded the DSU Board of Trustees to 15 members Sworn in January 10,2013. Mark A. Turner Mr. Turner has been president, CEO and director of WSFS Financial Corporation and WSFS Bank since 2007. Prior to that, Mr. Turner served as the chief operating officer and chief financial officer of WSFS. His career has also included posts at CoreStates Bank, Meridian Bancorp, as well as the international professional services firm of KPMG, LLP. Mr. Turner has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and management from LaSalle University, a MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in executive leadership from the University of Nebraska. An active leader in business, civic and community circles, Mr. Turner has served as board chairman of the Delaware Bankers Association, board vice chairman of the Delaware Business Roundtable, and as an executive committee member of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, just to name a few. He also has been a senior fundraiser for the Wilmington Grand Opera House, and is involved in fundraising for the University of Pennsylvania and the Boys and Girls Club.

Mark A. Turner

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2013-Present Mark A. Turner First appointed by the board in 2012 to fill a vacant seat that had not been filled since the 2005 enacted legislation that expanded the DSU Board of Trustees to 15 members Sworn in January 10,2013. Mr. Turner has been president, CEO and director of WSFS Financial Corporation and WSFS Bank since 2007. Prior to that, Mr. Turner served as the chief operating officer and chief financial officer of WSFS. His career has also included posts at CoreStates Bank, Meridian Bancorp, as well as the international professional services firm of KPMG, LLP. Mr. Turner has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and management from LaSalle University, a MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in executive leadership from the University of Nebraska. An active leader in business, civic and community circles, Mr. Turner has served as board chairman of the Delaware Bankers Association, board vice chairman of the Delaware Business Roundtable, and as an executive committee member of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, just to name a few. He also has been a senior fundraiser for the Wilmington Grand Opera House, and is involved in fundraising for the University of Pennsylvania and the Boys and Girls Club.

John J. Allen, Jr.

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2013- Present Educational Policy Committee, Student Affairs Committee John J. Allen, Jr. First appointed by the board in 2012 to succeed Dr. Richard Barros who stepped down from the board in mid-2012 due to term limits. Sworn in January 10, 2013 Mr. Allen is Delmarva Power’s vice president responsible for Kent and Sussex counties in Delaware as well as the counties of the Eastern Shore of Maryland since 2005. An employee of Delmarva Power for 32 years, Mr. Allen’s background includes Customer Care Leadership, Organizational Training and Development, Training Instructional Design and John J. Allen, Jr.  Development, Human Performance Technology and Performance Improvement and holds industry certificates for Strategic Leadership.  Mr. Allen attended Lincoln University and Southwest Bible College & Seminary and holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Theology.                                    Mr. Allen is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society for Business, Management and Administration and is also a 2006 graduate of Leadership Maryland. In civic and community service areas, Mr. Allen serves on the executive board of the Greater Salisbury (Md.) Committee, Salisbury Wicomico Economic Development, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore and the Maryland/D.C. Utilities Association. He also serves as a board member of Nanticoke Health Services, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Board of Visitors, the University System of Maryland Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lower Eastern Shore, as well as a member of the United Way of Delaware Kent & Sussex Advisory Council.

The Honorable Michael N. Castle

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2013-Present The Honorable Michael N. Castle First appointed by Gov. Jack Markell in mid-2012 to succeed Dr. Calvin T. Wilson whose six-year term expired.           Mr. Castle is a former two-term Delaware governor (1985-1992) and a nine-term U.S. Congressman (1993- 2011) representing the First State. He has also served as lieutenant governor (1981-1985), state senator (1968-1976) and state representative (1966-1967). During his state Senate years, he The Hon. Michael N. Castle was the minority leader from 1975-1976. In total, Mr. Castle served as an elected public servant for 40 years. As a Congressman, Mr. Castle served as the chair of the House Subcommittee on Education Reform, in which he played a major role in shaping the No Child Left Behind legislation signed into law by President George Bush. He also forged enacted legislation designed to improve the quality and relevance of education research through new standards of scientific rigor. An attorney and member of the Delaware Bar and the Washington D.C. Bar, Mr. Castle is currently a partner of DLA Piper, a government affairs practice that maintains offices in Wilmington, New York City and Washington, D.C.  During his legal practice years, he was an associate attorney and later a partner of the Wilmington law firm of Connelly, Bove and Lodge from 1964-1975. He also served from 1965 to 1966 as a Delaware deputy attorney general. Mr. Castle has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center of Washington, D.C. He was born and raised in Wilmington, Del., where he currently lives with his wife Jane.

Dr. Devona E. Williams

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2012-present Chair, Educational Policy Committee (2012) Educational Policy Committee, Executive Committee, Audit Committee   Dr. Devona E. Williams   Devona E. Williams Chair, Educational Policy Committee (2012) Educational Policy Committee Executive Committee Audit Committee Sworn in on March 1, 2012   Dr. Devona E. Williams has over 25 years of experience in the fields of public policy, planning and public affairs with corporate, government and non-profit sectors. She is the founder of Goeins-Williams Associates (GWA), a successful performance management consulting business designed to help organizations achieve greater productivity in strategic work environments. The list of GWA clients includes AstraZeneca, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Christina Health Systems, the DuPont Corporation, the State of Delaware, and many others. Dr. Williams’ professional experience spans the administration of public programs, the management of corporate public relations, policy issues, strategic planning, organizational and executive leadership. Her experience also includes executive appointments with the DuPont Corporation, as well as service as a U.S. Presidential Intern with the Office of Management and Budget, NASA and the EPA. She holds a Ph.D. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware, with specialization in social policy, program planning and analysis. Dr. Williams is a former assistant professor and instructor for the University of Delaware’s School of Urban Affairs. She is a frequent keynote speaker on business, diversity, leadership, motivation and success. She is author of the new release, The Intentional Consultant: How to grow and sustain a consulting practice, and is a contributing author of the inspirational book Remarkable Women.  

Claibourne D. Smith, Ph.D.

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  Board chairman, 1993-present* Executive Committee, Ex-Officio Dr. Claibourne D. Smith *NOTE: Upon the Aug. 31, 2008 resignation of then-DSU President Allen L. Sessoms, Dr. Smith was appointed by the board to serve as the acting president of the University until a new permanent president was hired. On January 14, 2010, Dr. Harry Williams became the president of DSU, and Dr. Smith resumed his duties as chairman. First appointed during the 1987-88 academic year (to finish the term of Arthur Richardson), Dr. Smith has served as chairman of the board since 1993, succeeding Dr. William Dix as then-president.* Dr. Smith retired in Dec. 31, 1998 as DuPont vice president of technology and vice chairman of Corporation Education Aid after 34 years with the corporation. He is a chemist by profession. Dr. Smith also previously served on the Delaware State Board of Education, the State Commission of Higher Education, as president of the Delaware Science and Math Education Foundation, as well as on numerous other boards and committees. Dr. Smith has B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemistry from the University of Denver (1959 and 1961 respectively), and received a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Oregon in 1964. He resides in Centerville, DE with his wife, Roseann.

David G. Turner

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  2008-present Acting board vice chairman (2009)* Finance Committee, Building and Grounds Committee, Development and Investment Committee   Mr. David G. Turner   David G. Turner Vice Chairman (2009) Executive Committee Buildings and Grounds Committee (Interim chair) Development and Investment Committee First appointed by Gov. Ruth Ann Minner in mid-February 2008 Sworn in on April 10, 2008   David was asked to joined IBM at the end of 2010 to develop the vision and strategy including identification of key players for the industry, develop external relationships with relevant industry players, lead development of the global industry strategy for BAO solutions, support achievement of global revenue and sales targets for BAO in the Banking/FM industries, and to engage in selected anchor client engagements. David has worked with many regional and Global banks.                         After retiring from Bank of America at the end of 2009, David founded Sovereign Partners Consulting, LLC to work with key major banking clients around the world in strategy and IT consulting with a focus on managing and using data to drive business value.    Through the end of 2009 at Bank of America he was the Information Management Transformation Executive responsible for the enterprise information strategy including data warehouses, data quality/data governance and customer analytics. At Bank of America, in August of 2007, David became responsible for Deposits and Mass Markets Customer Insights, Strategy and Product Innovation executive responsible for Analytics, Strategy, Offer Management and Product Development for the Deposits and Mass Consumer organization P&L and customer experience. After the acquisition of MBNA by Bank of America in January 2006 David served as Card Product Development/Product Management and Analytics executive and was responsible for National Sales, Product Development/Product Management, Customer Insights/Experience, New Market Development, and Analytics for both Credit Card portfolios.   David joined MBNA in July of 2003 as a Senior Executive Vice President and a member of the Senior Operating Committee. He was promoted to Group Executive and a member of the Executive Committee to create the Research and Development Department in the beginning of 2004.   Before joining MBNA, Turner was Executive Vice President and President of the Gateway Companies in San Diego, California for almost five years. In that capacity, he was responsible for the P&L, new products, marketing, sales and service of customers leading over 7,000 people. He led the 400 Gateway Country stores to 13% YOY comparisons.   Mr. Turner began his career and spent 14 years until 1999 with AT&T in various large scale sales, marketing and services roles.  When he left, his role was AT&T E-Business Vice President, responsible for AT&T's E-Commerce efforts.   Turner graduated from Delaware State University where he majored in Computer Science/Mathematics. He earned his Master of Sciences in MIS from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is also an alumnus of the Dartmouth - Amos Tuck Executive MBA Education Program in Hanover, New Hampshire.   Turner was recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the "50 Most Powerful Black Executives in America" in 2002. He was recognized by the US Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine as one of the 50 most important Blacks in Technology for 2005 and for 2006. He was awarded the Delaware State College Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003.   He is a former Director of the US Chamber of Commerce. He was a former Trustee of Lightbridge, Inc. - a telecom decisioning company and Authorize.net (now Cybersource) - a payments gateway company. Turner is dedicated to giving back what he has learned to young people as an adjunct faculty member at several universities and as such he teaches Marketing at University of Delaware.   Mr. Turner was appointed to fill the vacancy and complete the term left by the resignation of Richelle Vible who resigned in early 2008.    

Board of Trustees

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INTRODUCTION The business and affairs of the University are governed by the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees has all the powers accorded it by Title 14, Chapter 65 of the Delaware Code. The Board consists of 15 members whose appointment or election is provided for in the Delaware Code, and the governor of the state and the president of the University, both of whom shall be members of the Board, ex officio, with the right to vote. Eight of the trustees are appointed and commissioned by the governor for a term of six years. Two such trustees will reside in each county of the state. Seven of the trustees are elected by a majority of the whole Board as constituted. They are elected for a term of six years. One such trustee will reside in each county of the state. Pursuant to Delaware Statutes 6505, the Board of Trustees has the superintendence of the University. The Board has the power to appoint and remove the faculty and other officers and agents of the University and its own body; to fill vacancies and to make bylaws as well for the government of the University; to appoint and assess the president’s performance; to determine and clarify the institution’s mission; to approve long-range plans; to access the educational program; to ensure financial solvency; to preserve institutional independence; to maintain the appropriate relationship between the University and the public it serves; to assess Board performance; and to protect and preserve the institution’s assets. Members serve without compensation. In accordance with the Delaware Freedom of Information Act 29 Delaware Code Ch. 100 (“FOIA”), all meetings of the full Board of Trustees are open to the public and all formal action is taken in view of the public. Agendas are posted at least ten days before each regular meeting on the bulletin board outside the Hardcastle/Selby Boardroom on the 4th floor of the Administration Building and on the University eNews. The current officers of the Board are: Dr. Claibourne D. Smith, chair; Mr. David G. Turner, vice chair; Mr. Amir Mohammadi, treasurer; and Ms. Eleanor M. Wilson, secretary. The Board chair appoints the chairs and membership of all standing committees with such appointments remaining in effect at the pleasure of the Board chair. The committees meet as needed and report their recommendations and discussions to the full Board in public session. The standing committees of the Board are: Audit Committee Committee on Trustees Development and Investment Committee Educational Policy Committee Executive Committee Finance and Facilities Committee Student Affairs Committee Correspondence to the Board of Trustees may be sent to: Board of Trustees Office of the President Delaware State University 1200 N. DuPont Highway Dover, DE 19901 Questions related to the Board may be directed to Ms. Eleanor Wilson, board secretary, by email by writing to the address above or by calling 302.857.6023. MEMBERS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR EXPIRATION DATE Mr. Bennie L. Smith Kent County August 25, 2012 Leroy A. Tice, Esq. New Castle County October 17, 2014 Dr. Claibourne D. Smith New Castle County February 18, 2016 Mr. Wesley E. Perkins Sussex County September 1, 2016 Ms. Lois M. Hobbs Sussex County January 11, 2017 Mr. David G. Turner New Castle County January 26, 2018 Dr. Devona E. Williams New Castle County January 25, 2018 The Honorable Michael N. Castle New Castle County January 31, 2019 MEMBERS APPOINTED BY THE BOARD Mr. Barry M. Granger New Castle County August 31, 2014 Mr. Robert E. Buccini New Castle  County August 31, 2016 Mr. James Stewart New Castle County August 31, 2016 Mr. José F. Echeverri, MBA Kent County August 31, 2018 Charles McDowell, Esq. New Castle County August 31, 2018 Mr. John J. Allen, Jr. Sussex County August 31, 2019 Mr. Mark A. Turner   August 31, 2019 EX-OFFICIO The Honorable Jack A. Markell Governor of the State of Delaware     Dr. Harry L. Williams President Delaware State University  TRUSTEE EMERITUS  Dr. A. Richard Barros, Esq.  Dr. John W. Land  Dr. Cora Norwood Selby
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COMMITTEES OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES


Audit Committee
 
Committee on Trustees
 
Development and Investment Committee
 
Educational Policy Committee
 
Executive Committee
 
Finance and Facilities Committee
 
Student Affairs Committee
 

Meeting Schedule


NOTE:  All regular meetings of the Board of Trustees begin at 1:30 p.m. and are held in the Hardcastle/Selby Boardroom, on the 4th floor of the Administration Building.

Board Minutes

 

Committees of the Board of Trustees

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  COMMITTEES OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES 2013 - 2014 Executive Committee Dr. Claibourne D. Smith, chairman (Comprised of Chairs of Standing Committees)   Mr. José F. Echeverri, MBA           Audit Mr. Wesley E. Perkins                  Buildings and Grounds Charles S. McDowell, Esq.            Committee on Trustees Mr. James Stewart                        Development and Investment Dr. Devona E. Williams                  Educational Policy Mr. David G. Turner                       Finance Mr. José F. Echeverri, MBA           Student Affairs Dr. Harry L. Williams, ex-offico       University President     Audit Committee  Mr. José F. Echeverri, chair  Mr. Wesley E. Perkins Dr. Claibourne D. Smith, ex-officio Mr. David G. Turner Dr. Devona E. Williams Dr. Harry L. Williams, ex-officio     Buildings and Grounds Committee Mr. Wesley E. Perkins, chair Charles S. McDowell, Esq. Mr. Bennie L. Smith Dr. Claibourne D. Smith, ex-officio Mr. David G. Turner Dr. Harry L. Williams, ex-officio     Committee on Trustees (Board Development & Governance) Charles S. McDowell, Esq., chair Dr. Claibourne D. Smith, ex-officio Mr. David G. Turner Dr. Harry L. Williams, ex-officio   Development and Investment Committee Mr. James Stewart, chair Mr. Robert E. Buccini Mr. José F. Echeverri, MBA Mr. Wesley E. Perkins Dr. Claibourne D. Smith, ex-officio Mr. David G. Turner Dr. Harry L. Williams, ex-officio     Educational Policy Committee  Dr. Devona E. Williams, chair John J. Allen, Jr. Ms. Lois M. Hobbs Dr. Claibourne D. Smith, ex-officio Dr. Harry L. Williams, ex-officio     Finance Committee Mr. David G. Turner, chair Mr. Robert E. Buccini Mr. Barry M. Granger Charles S. McDowell, Esq. Dr. Claibourne D. Smith, ex-officio Leroy A. Tice, Esq. Dr. Harry L. Williams, ex-officio     Student Affairs Committee Mr. José F. Echeverri, chair John J. Allen, Jr. Ms. Lois M. Hobbs Mr. Bennie L. Smith Dr. Claibourne D. Smith, ex-officio Leroy A. Tice, Esq. Dr. Harry L. Williams, ex-officio    
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