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Wilma Mishoe, Ed.D

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Wilma Mishoe, Ed.D. Appointed by Gov. Jack Markell on June 11, 2015 for a six-year term that will expire on June 11, 2021. Committees Audit Committee Educational Policy Committee Dr. Mishoe succeeds former board member Bennie Smith.  Her appointment is a continuation of an impressive career in higher education, which most recently included providing critical leadership to Wilberforce University (WU) in Ohio, one of the oldest historically black universities in the country. Dr. Mishoe has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology (1971) and a Master of Education degree in Student Personnel Administration, Guidance and Counseling (1972) both from Howard University in Washington, D.C.  She earned a Doctor of Education degree in Adult/Vocational Education (1994) from Temple University in Philadelphia. In 2010, Dr. Mishoe retired from a 30-year career at Delaware Technical Community College, where she held a number of administrative leadership positions, including dean of the Office of Instruction and dean of Student Services, federal programs coordinator, and affirmative action officer.  From 1975-1980, she was the dean of students and director of Financial Aid at the then Wilmington College. Dr. Mishoe was drawn out of retirement to serve on a Presidential Transition Team in October 2013 at Wilberforce University, where she was a member of its Board of Trustees since 2003.  That board later appointed her as the institution’s acting president, an interim leadership post she held until a permanent president was hired in October 2014.  She continued as a special assistant during the transition. This appointment returns Dr. Mishoe to the campus where she grew up as a teen. She is the daughter of Dr. Luna I. Mishoe, president of then- Delaware State College form 1960-1987, and his wife, First Lady Hattie B. Mishoe. A longtime resident of Dover, Dr. Mishoe was a member of the Capital School District Board of Education from 1994-1999, and its board president form August 1997 to July 1999. She has served on numerous state and local boards including the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities, the Delaware Foster Care Board, the Dover Housing Authority Board of Directors and many others. She is currently serving a seven-year term as an appointee of the Delaware Public Integrity Commission; she was elected its chairwoman for a two-year term that ended in 2014.  In 2013, Dr. Mishoe was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Delaware Women.
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Mark A. Turner

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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. Committees Educational Policy Committee 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.
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John J. Allen, Jr.

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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. Committees Executive Committee Educational Policy Committee Student Affairs Committee, chair 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 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.
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The Honorable Michael N. Castle

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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 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.
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Devona E. Williams, Ph.D.

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Devona E. Williams, Ph.D. Sworn in on March 1, 2012 Committees Executive Committee Audit Committee Educational Policy Committee, chair 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.
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Leroy A. Tice, Esq.

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Leroy A. Tice, Esq. Appointed by Gov. Jack Markell in January 2010 to complete the term of Dr. Lillian Lowery, who resigned. Sworn in that same month. Committees Audit Committee Student Affairs Committee Leroy A. Tice, is an attorney with his Wilmington firm of Leroy A. Tice, Esquire, P.A., a general litigation firm that focuses on personal injury, criminal defense, worker's compensation and civil rights matters. Mr. Tice is a member of both the Delaware State Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association. He is a member of the Delaware Bar Association’s Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section, the Delaware Trial Lawyers, as well as the National Employment Lawyers Association. He also serves as an outside counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and as a special hearing officer for the Prestige Academy, a Wilmington charter school. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Delaware State University and later earned a Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law. He is a native of Milford, DE, a 1987 graduate of Milford High School and also a 2002 alumnus of DSU. Mr. Tice was appointed to finish the six-year term of Dr. Lillian A. Lowery, who resigned from the board in January 2010. In completing Dr. Lowery’s term, Mr. Tice’s current appointment lasts until Oct. 17, 2014.  
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Charles S. McDowell, Esq.

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Charles S. McDowell, Esq.  First appointed by the Board in August 2006. Current Expiration Date – Aug. 31, 2018 Committees Executive Committee Committee on Trustees, chair Finance and Facilities Committee Mr. McDowell is a former partner and currently is of-counsel with Potter Anderson & Corroon, LLP. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of East Side Charter School and Family Foundation Academy and is a director of Early College High School at Delaware State University. Mr. McDowell earned a BA in History from Princeton University in 1967 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Law School of the University of Virginia in 1974. 
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David G. Turner, Board Chair

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David G. Turner, Board Chair First appointed by Gov. Ruth Ann Minner in mid-February 2008 Sworn in on April 10, 2008 Committees Executive Committee, ex officio Audit Committee, ex officio Committee on Trustees, ex officio Development and Investment Committee, ex officio Educational Policy Committee, ex officio Finance and Facilities Committee, ex officio Personnel and Compensation Committee, ex officio Student Affairs Committee, ex officio 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.
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Robert E. Buccini

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Robert E. Buccini First appointed by the Board of Trustees September 2011. Sworn in on September 15, 2011. Committees Development & Investment Committee Finance and Facilities Committee Mr. Buccini is the co-founder and co-president of The Buccini/Pollin Group, a real estate acquisition, development and management firm that is active in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast U.S. regions. As co-president, he leads the company’s office, residential, retail and parking development activity. The Buccini/Pollin Group has become the largest private office landlord in the Philadelphia metropolitan region. Previously, Mr. Buccini was assistant vice president for real estate development at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University.  
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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: Mr. David G. Turner, chair; Mr. Barry M. Granger, vice chair; Dr. Teresa Hardee, 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 Personnel and Compensation 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   MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES 2015 OFFICERS OF THE BOARD   Mr. David G. Turner Chair Mr. Barry M. Granger Vice Chair Dr. Teresa Hardee Treasurer     MEMBERS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR EXPIRATION DATE Leroy A. Tice, Esq. New Castle County October 17, 2014 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 Dr. Wilma Mishoe Kent County June 11, 2021     MEMBERS ELECTED BY THE BOARD Mr. Barry M. Granger New Castle County August 31, 2020 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 New Castle County August 31, 2019   EX OFFICIO MEMBERS The Honorable Jack A. Markell Governor of the State of Delaware Dr. Harry L. Williams President of the University  TRUSTEE EMERITI  Dr. A. Richard Barros, Esq.  Dr. John W. Land  Dr. Cora Norwood Selby  Dr. Claibourne D. Smith
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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

Personnel and Compensation 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 Claibourne D. Smith Administration Building.

Board Minutes

 

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