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Director of Aviation

BIOGRAPHY: Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Michael A. Hales Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Michael A. Hales is the current Director of Aviation Programs, at Delaware State University.  His leadership and responsibilities include both the Bachelor of Science student-majors with concentrations in Professional Pilot and Aviation Management.  He leads an experienced and dedicated staff of faculty and instructors who serve over 110 students, utilizing a fleet of 11 university-owned airplanes. Lieutenant Colonel Hales is 25 year veteran of the US Army, who has served as an Aviation officer at multiple levels of key leadership positions and responsibility.  Growing up in Dayton, Ohio and South Bend, Indiana, he began his military career in 1987 as an enlisted Soldier in the US Army Reserves.  In 1994, he was commissioned as an 2nd Lieutenant and attended flight school at Fort Rucker, Alabama in the US Army.  His military assignments have taken him to multiple locations within the United States, and overseas to South Korea, Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and the country of Colombia, South America.  Lieutenant Colonel Hales has flown in combat and deployed five times, beginning with Operation Desert Storm back in 1991. Lieutenant Colonel Hales is considered a subject matter expert in aviation operations, pilot training and aircraft maintenance training.  He is an FAA Commercial Pilot, dual rated in both airplanes and helicopters.  He possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree from Excelsior College, and a Master of Arts degree in Procurement and Acquisition Management from Webster University.  Lieutenant Colonel Hales is excited to be working in his “dream job” as Director of Aviation Programs at DSU.  He has been married to his wife since 1993, and has two children in college.  His hobbies and interests include reading military and aviation history, skydiving, spending time with his family, and of course FLYING!  He brings an insatiable passion for all things aviation and a bold strategic vision for the future of the program. Several highlights of his career include: Deploying as the Aviation Advisor to the Commanding General of the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Corps in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  There he managed a $2.3 billion dollar security assistance program that included their purchase of 12 AH-64 Apaches attack helicopters, 22 UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters and US educational training opportunities for military officers.  Additionally, he was instrumental in the establishment of the very first military Flight School within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Flying senior Department of Defense and US Army leadership on missions in and around the National Capital Region, with the 12th​ Aviation Battalion at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Deploying to Iraq as the Director of the Iraqi Flight School at Kirkuk Regional Air Base, Iraqi.  There he directed all Initial Entry Rotary Wing instruction for the Iraqi Army Aviation Corps pilot training and helicopter maintenance courses.  This also included providing initial instruction for flight and academic training of the Iraqi Air Force’s pilots.  Under his leadership of a team of military and contractor instructors, they trained and graduated a total of 64 pilots and eight aircraft maintenance personnel. Deploying to Colombia, South America with duty as the Director of their helicopter flight school, and graduating over 12 pilots and six aircraft maintainers.  During his leadership tenure, the school added four additional helicopters to their fleet of primary trainers.

MBA Recruitment Fair

Wed, 03/23/2016 -
10:00am to 3:00pm

Bank of America Building
1200 North DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901

DEEP Day 2016



FEBRUARY 23, 2016 · 8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.


This event is open to all Delaware State University students



College of Business Curricula

College of Business Majors Business Administration General Mangement Hospitality and Tourism Mangement Concentrations Business Economics Finance and Banking Human Resource Management Management Information Systems Marketing   Accounting Accounting   Sport Mangement Sport Mangement   College of Business Minors Accounting Business Administration Business Economics Entrenpreneurship Finance and Banking Hospitality and Tourism Mangement Human Resource Mangement Management Information Systems Marketing    

HBCU Center of Excellence

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SAP enables more than 291,000 customers worldwide to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively. ASUG is the world’s largest independent SAP user group, made up of more than 100,000 individuals in more than 17 industries across the SAP ecosystem, with a mission of providing ASUG members with the resources, tools and connections they need to maximize the return on their SAP investment. “ASUG members are seeking graduates with skills in SAP S/4HANA and analytics solutions from SAP, as well as knowledge of the latest industry trends including the Internet of Things, the business network, Big Data and user experience,” said Geoff Scott, CEO of ASUG. “We look forward to connecting our community to talented graduates of HBCUs skilled in these areas to enable our members to further drive innovation with their SAP investments.” “Delaware State University is honored to be partnering with SAP, one of the tech industry’s biggest leaders,” said DSU President Harry L. Williams. “We are excited to be the HBCU Center of Excellence for this initiative. As a result of this partnership, Delaware State University will support faculty from HBCUs across the U.S., enabling students to gain hands on experience in SAP’s latest technologies as part of their degree programs. This initiative is truly a monumental movement in ensuring the exposure of emerging technologies to students.” “HBCUs represent a tremendous source of emerging talent that will help SAP, our customers and our partners to fuel innovation and succeed in a rapidly changing world,” said Brian Reaves, senior vice president and global head of, Products & Innovation for SAP. “I am thrilled that SAP University Alliances and SAP’s Black Employee Network are teaming with ASUG and DSU to drive strong engagement with HBCUs to enhance their students’ academic and career outcomes.” The mission of SAP’s Black Employee Network is to help foster a best-run culture that cultivates awareness and inclusion for SAP employees of African descent by prioritizing recruitment, bolstering retention, providing mentorship and empowering upward mobility. 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Mentoring Program


Student Success Center
Bank of America Building, Room 106
1200 N. DuPont Hwy, Dover DE 19901
302.857.6954 | 302.857.6950 fax

The College of Business Mentoring Program provides opportunities for students to connect with business professionals who can offer one-on-one advisement on career paths, goals and expectations based upon real-world experience and insights. How you could help a student: Provide one-on-one assistance in helping a student mentee to develop or hone professional skills. Offer guidance in developing realistic career goals and expectations. Establish a rapport that will encourage open dialogue and trust. Boost a mentee’s confidence through encouragement and healthy feedback. Serve as a role model and voice of professionalism. What will you and your mentee get from participating in the College of Business Mentoring Program? Practical knowledge and insight that will better equip ambitious students for today’s job market and help alumni to understand today’s job seeker. Potential friendships that bridge generational, educational and social gaps. Lasting connections and fulfilling relationships. Sign up to become a mentor today! Call 302.857.6954, email, or register your interest online.   Program Flyer Mentor Agreement    

“Mentor a student
and change a life!”




Finance and Banking Concentration

Finance and Banking Program Overview Delaware State University students may pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Banking. The concentration is designed to prepare students for careers in banks and other financial institutions, as well as in financial management of a broad range of other firms. In addition, many students choose to work for regulatory agencies and other government agencies.     Our program offers a series of fundamental and advanced courses in finance. Students obtain a thorough understanding of the basic concepts, principles, operating procedures, and analytical techniques necessary for them to succeed in the business world.  Advanced courses provide opportunities to explore fundamental principles in greater depth and to apply them to real-world situations. Required Courses At the undergraduate level, the finance and banking concentration consists of a minimum of 18 beyond the required 33 credits of upper level management core courses. Click here for a sample course schedule. Course Number Course Name Credit Hours 43-315 Financial Markets & Institutions 3.0 43-418 Investments 3.0 43-420 Commercial Bank Management 3.0 43-449 Advanced Financial Management 3.0 43-xxx   Finance and Banking Elective 3.0 43-xxx Finance and Banking Elective 3.0   Facilities Delaware State University students gain the access to state-of-the-art facilities with current equipment, hardware and software.  The College of Business Financial Network Trading Room is one of the few facilities of its kind at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) and it facilitates students’ learning in the real world settings. Moreover, two Bloomberg Terminals are installed in the trading room to provide real-time financial data and track market activities, simulating the environment widely experienced by financial professionals and regulatory agencies. The hands-on simulations plus the Bloomberg Product Certification afford Delaware State University students significant advantages in securing internship and career opportunities.  Internships Our students have taken advantage of internship opportunities at such businesses as AIG, J.P. Morgan Chase, Nehemiah Gateway, Prudential, Smithsonian Institute and B.G. PHARM etc. The internship is typically undertaken after the junior year as finance & banking concentration.

Finance Faculty:
Dr. Nandita Das
Dr. Youngsik Kwak (Associate Dean)
Dr. Zi “Nancy” Ning


Recent Placements

Bank of America
Discover Financial Services
JP Morgan Chase
Travelers Insurance Company

Accounting Program

Introduction In Delaware State University’s accounting program, students learn to think strategically and perform complex analysis of real-world business problems. Through a combination of classroom lecture and hands-on experience, students develop the professional skills and knowledge to succeed in this profession, while obtaining a foundation to pursue credentials, such as: certified public accountant (CPA)  certified management accountant (CMA) certified internal auditor (CIA) Required Courses The Bachelor of Accounting degree consists of 30 credit hours beyond the college of business core courses. Click here for a sample course schedule. Course Number Course Name Credit Hours 42-305 Intermediate Accounting I 3.0 42-306 Intermediate Accounting II 3.0 42-307 Cost Accounting 3.0 42-308 Managerial Cost Accounting 3.0 42-423 Auditing I 3.0 42-311 Individual Tax 3.0 42-402 Business Law 3.0 42-405 Accounting Information Systems 3.0 42-430 Advanced Accounting 3.0 42-xxx Accounting Elective 3.0   Course Description Professional Preparation Graduates of the accounting program enter the job market with the professional skills and experience that employers’ value. All students in the program develop the ability to understand and apply core business fundamentals and accounting fundamentals think creatively and apply accounting knowledge in innovative ways communicate professionally use information technology for research, decision making and problem solving write accounting research reports that incorporate qualitative and quantitative data analysis and integrate information from multiple sources identify ethical dilemmas and uphold professional responsibilities work effectively in diverse settings that include individuals of varying educational backgrounds, experience, gender, age, race, and national origin Student Clubs The Accounting and Finance Club and student chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants are very active student organizations. These organizations sponsor networking events, job fairs, guest lectures, and are involved with the institute of Management Accountants and Association of Government Accountants. Internships and Professional Experience Students have the opportunity to gain practical work experience through internships at accounting firms, government agencies, and corporate accounting organizations. 

Accounting Faculty: 
Dr. Bridget Anakwe
Mr. Michael Katz, J.D.
Dr. Susan Muzorewa
Dr. Bernadette Ruf (Chairperson)


Recent Placements

JPMorgan Chase
Bank of America
SB Company

DSU Simulators

CR 12                     The CR-12 Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) is one of the most full featured training devices on the market today. The system has the capability of emulating all DSU’s aircraft, multi-engine and turbo-prop aircraft, as well as corporate jets.  The AATD is used primarily by students seeking their Instrument Rating allowing students the capability to train in any simulated instrument condition. The AATD is also used by Private and Commercial student pilots to facilitate a well rounded comprehension of aircraft systems.   ATC-710 The ATC-610/710 Flight Training Device is available to all students enrolled in the Aviation Program without charge. This system provides the opportunity of achieving and maintaining instrument proficiency without actually flying. This simulator is particularly beneficial to students by providing the ability to concentrate solely on a particular exercise without the additional distractions of the cockpit environment.  

Student Organizations

COMING SOON! The DSU Aviation Program current has two student organizations designed to benefit students and contribute to the overall student experience while enrolled in the Aviation Program.  The programs are: Student Representative Board Alpha Eta Rho Please stay tuned as we update this website in the near future.     Back to DSU Aviation Home