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Board of Trustees Committees

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  COMMITTEES OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES 2008 - 2009 The Executive Committee Chairman of the Board* All Chairs of Standing Committees Dr. John Land, Ex-Officio Dr. A. Richard Barros Mr. Marvin Lawrence Mr. José Echeverri Mr. James Stewart Mr. Charles McDowell Dr. Calvin Wilson Mr. David Turner Dr. Claibourne D. Smith, Ex-Officio Committee on Finance Four members appointed by Chairman of the Board.* Mr. Marvin Lawrence, Chair Dr. John Land, Ex-Officio Mr. Charles McDowell Dr. Claibourne D. Smith, Ex-Officio Committee on Development and Investments Five members appointed by Chairman of the Board.* Mr. James Stewart, Chair Mr. Wesley Perkins Mr. José Echeverri Mr. David Turner Dr. John Land, Ex-Officio Dr. Claibourne D. Smith, Ex-Officio The Buildings and Grounds Committee Five members appointed by Chairman of the Board.* Mr. David Turner, Interim Chair Mr. Charles Mc Dowell Mr. Bennie Smith Mr. Wesley Perkins Dr. Calvin Wilson Dr. John Land, Ex-Officio Dr. Claibourne D. Smith, Ex-Officio The Educational Policy Committee Four members appointed by Chairman of the Board.* Dr. A. Richard Barros, Chair Mr. José F. Echeverri Dr. Matthew Mackie Dr. Calvin Wilson Ms. Willa Jordan Dr. John Land, Ex-Officio Dr. Claibourne D. Smith, Ex-Officio Committee on Student Affairs Four Trustees as appointed by Chairman of the Board.* Dr. Calvin Wilson, Interim Chair Dr. A. Richard Barros Dr. Matthew Mackie Mr. Bennie Smith Ms. Willa Jordan Dr. John Land, Ex-Officio Dr. Claibourne D. Smith, Ex-Officio Audit Committee Mr. José F. Echeverri, Chair Mr. Wesley Perkins Dr. John Land, Ex-Officio Dr. Claibourne D. Smith, Ex-Officio Nominations Committee (Board Development & Governance) Mr. Charles McDowell, Chair Dr. John Land, Ex-Officio Dr. Claibourne D. Smith, Ex-Officio  

Board Meeting Minutes

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  Click Here for the Special Meeting Minutes of June 22, 2009 Board Meetings: June 11, 2009 April 9, 2009 January 15, 2009   Executive Committee Meetings: May 28, 2009 May 5, 2009 March 18, 2009   Archived Minutes 2007-2008: August 20, 2008 - Special Meeting September 11, 2008 June 26, 2008 - Special Meeting June 12, 2008 April 10, 2008 January 10, 2008 September 13, 2007 June 28, 2007 - Special Teleconference Meeting June 14, 2007 May 10, 2007 - Special Meeting April 12, 2007 January 11, 2007  

Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule

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Meeting Schedule 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.   2013 September 19, 2013     2014 January 23, 2014 March 20, 2014 June 12, 2014 September 18, 2014     2015 January 15, 2015 March 19, 2015 June 11, 2015 September 17, 2015  

James "Jim" W. Stewart, III

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  2007-present Executive Committee, Development and Investment Committee (chair)   Mr. James "Jim" W. Stewart, III   James “Jim” W. Stewart, III Executive Committee Development and Investment Committee (chair) First appointed by the Board circa April or May 2007 Sworn in on June 14, 2007   Mr. Stewart, of Montchanin, DE, is the co-founder and CEO of Epic Research, a Wilmington-based direct marketing and investment company that serve the financial services industry.   Prior to Epic, he was the co-founder and president of Juniper Financial, a Wilmington-based credit card issuer.  From the start in 2000, Juniper grew to be the ninth largest bank credit card issuer in the country in 2008.  Juniper was sold to Barclays in 2004. Mr. Stewart has also served as an executive vice president of credit policy and marketing at credit card issuer First USA. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and a trustee of the Brandywine Conservancy.

José F. Echeverri

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  2005-present Executive Committee, Audit Committee (chair), Development and Investment Committee, Educational Policy Committee José F. Echeverri Executive Committee Audit Committee (Chair) Development and Investment Committee Educational Policy Committee First appointed February 2005   Mr.  José F. Echeverri Mr. Echeverri has worked as a financial advisor for more than two decades for some of the best financial firms in the country, including Dean Witter, Merrill Lynch, and Legg Mason. He is currently president and founder of his own investment management firm, Echeverri Financial Services, which he has operated in Middletown and Dover, DE for over eight years.   His team manages over $20 million in assets for over 250 clients. He also is Chairman of the Delaware College Investment Plan where he administers to 24,000 clients with over $340 million in assets. Mr. Echeverri specializes in retirement planning for individuals as well as small business owners. He is licensed as a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) and also has licenses in life and health insurance.             A 23-year retiree of the U.S. Air Force and the Delaware Air National Guard, Mr. Echeverri served as Chief of Operations for the 142nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron (AES) during his last 10 years of military service. He served as project officer to several Central and South American countries, and deployed for eight months to the desert during Operation Desert Shield/Storm where he served as duty control officer for the Aeromedical Evacuation Control Center. He was selected to the rank of Major in August 1999, but retired as a Captain.             He has a MBA from Delaware State University, as well as a B.A. in Biology from the State University of New York in Plattsburg, N.Y. A native of Cali, Colombia, Mr. Echeverri moved permanently to the United States as a child in 1965.             Mr. Echeverri is a past Assistant District Governor for the Camden-Wyoming Rotary, past member of the State of Delaware Governor’s Council on Hispanic Affairs, past president of the Delaware Latino Political Action Committee and the Reserve Officers Association. He currently serves as the V.P. and Board member of the Delaware Financial Literacy Institute, and is on the State of Delaware Judiciary Nominating Committee.             In 2008, Mr. Echeverri was the first known board member to earn a MBA Degree from DSU while serving as an active member of the board. He is a resident of Dover, DE.  

Dr. Calvin T. Wilson, MD

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  2006-present Educational Policy Committee, Student Affairs Committee   Dr. Calvin T. Wilson (MD)   Dr. Calvin T. Wilson (M.D.) Executive Committee Educational Policy Committee Student Affairs Committee (Interim chair) First appointed by Gov. Ruth Ann Minner in August 2006 Sworn in on 9/14/06   Dr. Wilson operates his own Dover-based practice, Wilson Gynecology and Fitness, P.A., which he opened in 2000. Prior to that, he worked as a practicing physician at OB-GYN Associates in Dover. He also is certified as an Executive Coach and owns/operates The Next Level, a results improvement company.             He holds a B.S. in Engineering with a concentration in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University in 1982 and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh. He did his residency at the U.S. Air Force Medical Center, Wright-Patterson AFB near Fairborn, Ohio and at Wright State University School of Medicine near Dayton, Ohio.  

Wesley E. Perkins

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  2005-present Chair, Presidential Search Committee (2008-2009) Development and Investment Committee, Building and Grounds Committee, Audit Committee  Wesley E. Perkins Mr. Wesley E. Perkins Chair, Presidential Search Committee (2008-2009) Development and Investment Committee Buildings and Grounds Committee Audit Committee First appointed in April 2005 by Gov. Minner (Sworn in June 2005)   Mr. Perkins is the president of Wesmar Associates, a private consulting firm that focuses on executive and personal mastermind coaching in the area of human services and health care. The firm has numerous clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. He has also served as Executive Director of the Delaware Psychiatric Center under the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, Executive Director of the Stockley Center in Georgetown, Delaware, as well as a vice president of human resources at Woods Services in Langhorne, PA and Training and Development Administrator at Temple University and Temple University Hospital. Mr. Perkins has a B.S. in Special Education from Southern Connecticut State University and a Master of Education in Adult and Organizational Development from Temple University. The Board of Trustees member already lends his expertise and leadership ability to numerous organizations. He is on the Board of Directors of Ken-Crest Services of Delaware and the Council on Quality and Leadership in Towson, MD. He is a former Vice President and President of the Temple University Faculty Club, and former President of the Georgetown-Millsboro Rotary Club.  Mr. Perkins resides with his wife Mary in Lewes, DE.    

A. Richard Barros, Esq. (Honorary Dr.)

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  1977-present Executive Committee, Educational Policy Committee (chair), Student Affairs Committee   Dr. A. Richard Barros   Dr. A. Richard Barros, Esq. (Honorary Dr.) Executive Committee Educational Policy Committee (Chair) Student Affairs Committee Of Counsel to the Law Firm of Barros, McNamara, Malkiewicz, & Taylor, P.A. First appointed in 1977 by Gov. Pierre du Pont   Dr. Barros is Of Counsel to the law firm which he founded. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree from DSU and The Community Service Award from the Delaware Bar Association. He is a former president of the Del. Trial Lawyers Association and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He was the president of the Modern Maturity Center for 20 years, and held the elected position of the Kent County Comptroller.   He has a B.S. degree from the University of Delaware and a J.D. from Dickinson School of Law.  

Bennie L. Smith

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  2006-present Building and Grounds Committee, Student Affairs Committee Mr. Bennie L. Smith Mr. Bennie L. Smith (Honorary Dr.) Buildings and Grounds Committee Student Affairs Committee First appointed by Gov. Ruth Ann Minner in August 2006 Sworn in on 9/14/06   Mr. Smith has been the chairman and chief executive officer of Bennie Smith Funeral Homes since 1982, which operates in Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia and is one of the largest African American-owned funeral homes in the country.   After earning a Mortuary Degree in 1971 from the John A. Gupton School of Mortuary Science, Mr. Smith earned a B.S. from the University of Minnesota in 1972, and a Master of Counseling from the University of Delaware in 1978. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Maryland – Eastern Shore.  

John W. Land (Honorary Dr.)

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  Acting Board chairman, 1992-2008** Board vice chairman**, Executive Committee, Students Affairs Committee (chair), Educational Policy Committee, Finance Committee, Buildings and Grounds Committee (chair) and Audit Committee   Dr. John W. Land Dr. John W. Land (Honorary Dr.) Board vice chairman** Executive Committee Student Affairs Committee (chair) Educational Policy Committee Finance Committee Buildings and Grounds Committee (chair) Audit Committee First appointed by the board in 1992 **NOTE: Upon the Sept. 1, 2008 effective appointment of Dr. Claibourne Smith as the DSU acting president, the new post prompted him to step down temporarily as board chairman. At that time, the board appointed Dr. Land to serve as the board’s acting chairman. When Dr. Smith ends his tenure as acting president and resumes his role as board chairman, Dr. Land is expected to resume his service as the board’s vice chairman. Dr. Land is an alumnus of Delaware State College, class of 1966, and a football inductee in the DSU Athletic Hall of Fame and the Delaware Afro American Sports Hall of Fame. He was a Distinguished Alumni in 1992 and President’s Club Nominee in 1998. He earned a B.S. Degree in Health and Physical Education from DSC.      He retired in 2005 as vice president of procurement and competitive services at Connective Corporation which covered three states: Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey. He received two Honorary Doctorate Degrees - one from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 2005 and the other from Delaware State University in 2006. He received both Honorary Doctorates in Humane Letters for his dedicated service to the universities, his community and volunteerism.  

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