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(Center) DSU President Harry L. Williams, DSU Board of Trustees Wilma Mishoe and Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen hold a Dover City Council framed Certificate of Congratulations in recognition of DSU's 125th anniversary.

  Dover, County Recognize DSU's 125th Anniversary


The City of Dover and Kent County Levy Court recognized Delaware State University’s 125th anniversary during their respective public meetings.

Dover Mayor Robin Christensen and City Councilman Roy Sudler Jr. read and presented a Certificate of Congratulations from the city to DSU President Harry Lee Williams during its Oct. 10 public City Council meeting. Dr. Williams was joined at the meeting by a contingent of DSU administrators, staff and alumni.

The City Council’s recognition noted the University’s great determination, persistence, visionary leadership and demonstration of academic excellence. “Throughout its history, the University has been a cornerstone of the Dover community, offering access and educational opportunities to diverse populations from Delaware, the nation and the world,” the council noted in the recognition.

For Councilman Sudler, it was a tribute that has a history with his family. He is the grandson of Dr. Luna I Mishoe, who was a longtime transformational president of then-Delaware State College (1960-1987), as well as the son of current DSU Board of Trustees member Dr. Wilma Mishoe. Councilman Sudler noted that it was “truly an honor and historical moment” to recognize the University’s longevity and rich history. 

“The leadership and dedication that Dr. Williams has demonstrated under his presidency has helped to continue the legacy and very essence of its historical mission statement,” Councilman Sudler said. “May God continue to shine his light on DSU and carry the institution to greater heights of excellence that exceeds other institutions of higher education.”

The next day Levy Court President P. Brooks Banta and other Levy Court Commissioners presented Dr. Williams with a written tribute commemorating 125th anniversary. Dr. Williams was joined at the Levy Court Chambers by a similar DSU contingent that was present at the Dover City Council event.

“Great and wondrous things have happened in the history of DSU, and this tribute truly expounds on the great accomplishments that have taken place throughout its long history,” said Commissioner Banta.

While connecting DSU’s past with its present, the written tribute also noted the “rich history and the impact you have made upon the State of Delaware. Delaware State University, your emphasis on providing quality education in the areas of teaching, research and public service continues to broaden, as you are strategically poised to provide a workforce steeped in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”  

Several of the commissioners had a special sense of pride in presenting the tribute to DSU. Commissioners Allan Angel, Terry Pepper and Glen Howell all graduated from DSU, while Commissioner George Sweeny’s daughter Amy Sweeny graduated from DSU.

DSU, Kent County Levy Court, (L-r) Kent County Levy Court Commissioners Eric Buckson, Glen Howell, George Sweeney, DSU Board of Trustees member Dr. Wilma Mishoe, DSU President Dr. Harry Williams, Levy Court President P. Brooks Banta, Commissioners Allan Angel, Terry Pepper and County Administrator Mike Petit de Mange, recognize DSU’s 125th anniversary.