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Dr. Lisa Dunning - Associate Vice President Academic Affairs | University College

Dr. Lisa Dunning

During her 20-year career in higher education, Dr. Lisa Dunning has consistently demonstrated her passion and talent for facilitating students’ academic and professional development to embody the University’s mission.  She is an energetic educator with an exceptional ability to cultivate and maintain strong rapport with students and their families, staff and faculty, alumni, and community organizations and businesses.  Throughout her tenure at DSU, she has taught a myriad of courses including International Management through the Disney International Exchange Program, Organizational Development & Change, Student Professional Development, and University Seminar.  Dr. Dunning holds a Doctor of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Management, Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification, and a multitude of professional development trainings. 

Dr. Cassandra Green - Assistant Vice-President University College

Dr. Cassandra Green
Dr. Cassandra Green enjoys teaching students how to “make the most of their mind” and discover their own metacognitive strategies that can enhance college reading, learning, and study. Dr. Green earned a BA in Psychology and a MA in Counseling, both from Indiana University of PA (IUP) and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Wilmington University (WU).

Tiffany Alexander - Academic Program Coordinator and Academic Advisor

Tiffany Alexander

Tiffany Alexander has a passion for retaining and graduating college students, which is illustrated in her work experience and educational background. As the Academic Program Coordinator for the University College, Ms. Alexander empowers students to obtain their educational and personal goals through academic advising and teaching, as well as organizes engaging educational workshops that are designed to enlighten and inspire students to succeed. Ms. Alexander graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies and a master’s degree in Higher Education and Counseling. 

Advisement Areas:  Pre-Education and Pre-Nursing

Contact Info:
Email:  talexander [at] desu.edu
Phone:  302.857.7646

Anthony A. Asti – Project Assistant

Anthony Asti

Anthony Asti possesses several years of higher education experience which began through serving multiple roles at the Delaware Technical Community College Terry Campus. Today, he assists with the daily project operations of University College that is associated with first-year academic advising and retention initiatives. Tony has a passion for developing new and exciting ways to enrich the student experience and making a positive impact on the future outcomes of their education. Born and raised in Dover, Delaware, Tony graduated from the University of Delaware with an Associate’s degree in University Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. He went on to attend Millersville University of Pennsylvania where he served as a graduate assistant and graduated with a Master of Science degree in School Psychology.

Dianne Bogle - First-Year Retention Specialist and Academic Advisor

Dianne Bogle earned a (BSW) Bachelor of Social Work degree from Delaware State University in 1997 and a MSOL (Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership) from Wilmington University in 2005.   Ms. Bogle has more than 20 years of experience working with Youth program management and Leadership Development, is a member of the Dover Human Relations Commission, and has worked with the Capital School district and the Delaware Department of Education and in the area of Parent and Community Engagement. In her current role as Retention Specialist/ Academic Advisor, Ms. Bogle advises First Year Students and coordinates DSUs Summer Bridge Programs Project Success and Jumpstart. Ms. Bogle is passionate about working with students and the community.     

Advisement Areas:  Accounting, Economics, Finance & Banking, Hospitality & Tourism, and Sports Management

Contact Info:
Email:  dbogle [at] desu.edu
Phone:  302.857.7252

Dr. Chester Boyd- Administrator for Academic Early Alert System (EAS) and Academic Advisor

Dr. Chester Boyd

Chester Boyd has dedicated 15 years of service to higher education and has worked in various capacities. Mr. Boyd is the administrator of the Academic Early Alert  System,  as well as an academic advisor for University College and an advisor for student organizations, such as Students Against a Godless Society (SAGS) and Campus Life youth.  Dr. Boyd completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Delaware State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Social Work.  In 2012, Dr. Boyd completed his course study a Doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration.

Advisement Areas:  Biology, Chemistry, Engineering/Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Sciences

Contact Info:
Email:  cboyd [at] desu.edu
Phone:  302.857.7226

Dr. Amystique Y. H. Church - Director of Operations, Testing Services and Programs

Dr. Amystique Y. H. Church

Amystique Y. H. Church oversees the daily operations of the Testing Center, including program planning for Testing Services and Programs (TSP), community relations/partnerships, test center vendors and contact person for state/national exams. Dr.  Church serves on the governing council of the National College Testing Association (NCTA) and the Delaware Liaison for Delmarva Testing Association (DTA).  Dr. Church is passionate about student success and helping students fulfill their purpose. She is also a student organization advisor for the Pinnacle Honor Society for Nontraditional students at DSU. Dr. Church has a B.A. in Public Relations and Mass Communications, M.A. in Adult Education and Basic Literacy, M.A. in Higher Education Leadership, Th.D./Ph.D. in Christian Curriculum Development and Instruction and Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration.

Anna Cortese – Director, Integrated Academic Support Services and Academic Advisor

Anna Cortese

Anna Cortese has demonstrated a passion for providing students with academic support in order for them to achieve their goal of college graduation. Throughout nearly 20 years in higher education, Ms. Cortese has coordinated many programs and has taught developmental math courses.  Ms. Cortese’s  primary role at Delaware State University is to support students with their academic needs by coordinating the Quantitative Reasoning Center (QRC), Tutorial Center, and Supplemental Instruction (SI) program – placing SI leaders in courses that are deemed “historically difficult” and providing tutors for various subjects including math.  Ms. Cortese has created the philosophy that SI and tutorial sessions are more than a “quick fix – give me the answer approach”.  The approach to sessions is a holistic one – to reinforce concepts learned in class, to develop note-taking/study skills and test-taking strategies, and to work with other students so that study groups are created.  Ms. Cortese also believes in helping SI leaders and tutors grow professionally by providing the tools through professional development workshops and training.  Ms. Cortese holds a Bachelor of Science from Seton Hall University and a Master of Science from Montclair State University– both in Mathematics Education.

Advisement Areas: Movement Sciences

Contact Info:
Email: acortese [at] desu.edu
Phone:  302.857.6387

Dawn Follin – Technical Coordinator and Academic Advisor

Dawn Follin

Dawn Follin is passionate about all aspects of technology and how we can use it to engage and motivate students.  Ms. Follin assists all University College staff and instructors in the utilization and application of instructional and office technologies.  Ms. Follin also assists University College students with the use of the Blackboard Learning Management System.  Ms. Follin has over 13 years of experience in various instructional technologies, instructional design, and gamification.  She currently holds a BS degree in Computer Information Systems from Strayer University and a MEd degree in Educational Technology from Wilmington University. She is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and holds two Microsoft Office Specialist Certifications.

Advisement Areas:  Social Work

Contact Info:
Email:  dfollin [at] desu.edu
Phone:  302.857.6385

Ann Knettler-Smith – Student Accessibility Services Coordinator

Ann Knettler Smith

As a member of the Association for Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), Ann currently serves on the Standing Committee for Professional Development and represents the association as a member of the Board of Directors for the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS).  She has been in the Disability Services field for over 10 years and is an experienced presenter and educator.  Her passions include student empowerment, education, online accessibility, fostering inclusion and collaboration, the college to career transition for students with disabilities, and promoting a campus culture that embraces disability as another aspect of diversity.  Ann received a Masters of Arts in Counseling in Higher Education with an emphasis in Mental Health from the University of Delaware.  

Contact Info:

Email:  aksmith [at] desu.edu
Phone:  302.857.6898

Gloria Knowles - Academic Advisor

Gloria Knowles

Gloria Knowles is a first-year academic advisor to Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Mass Communications students.  She enjoys being committed to guiding and supporting her advisees as they eagerly progress through stages of detaching from their past, adapting to their present, and embracing their future. 

Ms. Knowles is an alumna of Delaware State University with an earned dual degree in Business Administration and Marketing.  She furthered her education at Wilmington University where she earned her Master’s degree in Business Administration.

Advisement Areas:  Criminology, Mass Communications, and Sociology

Contact Info:
Email: gknowles [at] desu.edu
Phone:  302.857.6334

Shanita Leanier – Assistant Director, UC Writing Studio

Shanita Leanier

Shanita Leanier is a proud alumna of Delaware State University’s Class of 2005. She earned her B.A. in English Education and her M.A. in English from Hardin-Simmons University. Ms. Leanier spent several years teaching English Language Arts to high school students before beginning her career in higher education.  At Delaware State University, Ms. Leanier currently recruits, hires and trains quality Writing Consultants to act as peer tutors for DSU students; creates academic programs that contain writing focus; markets and advertises the Writing Studio’s programs to the DSU community; analyzes quality assurance data for the Writing Studio, as well as teaches developmental courses to first-year students.

Advisement Areas:  College of Agriculture & Related Sciences

Contact Info:
Email:  sleanier [at] desu.edu
Phone:  302.857.7539

Dr. Raymond Lee - Assistant Director

Dr. Raymond LeeDr. Raymond Lee is the Assistant Director of the University College School at The Delaware State University (DSU). Prior to assuming his role as assistant director, he served as Academic Advisor in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Highlights of his tenure as academic advisor include: Advisor of The Year, Founder of the Student Round Table (SRT), development of an Applied Leadership Course for Women Gender Studies and has had the privilege of assisting many students in securing elite post-graduate opportunities, competitive employment and fellowships home and abroad. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and his doctorate degree in Educational Leadership at the same academic institution. He has lead comprehensive responsibilities pertaining to student-centric programming, student success initiatives, programming to improve development and engagement, academic program design, curriculum development, leadership and development for at-risk students and best practice research that propel academic and co-curricular program success. Additionally, he has established a variety of innovative programs to attract and retain students, energize academic offerings, and enhance career and professional development outcomes for students alike. In August 2017, Dr. Lee started the not-for-profit S.A.A.F.E Lee-dership foundation, to provide mentorship, leadership, and professional development for at-risk youth in the community, students in an educational institution and business professionals respectively. He has presented at many research forums and participated in panel discussion on topics centered on leadership, academic advising, student success, cultural intelligence and holistic education. He has a passion for serving and is committed to the success of all students from diverse backgrounds. Dr. Lee’s message is simple “To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Expected.”

Sonya McCray - College Success Specialist

Sonya McCray is an education enthusiast who inspires students to reach their maximum potential in academics and life. As a College Success Specialist, Mrs. McCray redirects students on academic probation toward greater productivity through collective instruction and one-on-one guidance.  She is also an Adjunct English Instructor and an entrepreneur with a B.A. in English from James Madison University and a M.Ed. from Wilmington University. 

Contact Info:

Email:  smccray [at] desu.edu
Phone:  302.857.6643

Jill McKinney - College Success Specialist

Jill McKinney is a graduate of the University of South Carolina where she earned a B.A. in Sociology. She continues to be a loyal Gamecock fan and is an active volunteer with The George Rogers Foundation of the Carolinas, the primary function of which is to raise scholarship funds for first-generation college students that reside in North and South Carolina. Later, Ms. McKinney attended Delaware State University to complete required courses for Mathematics Teacher Certification and subsequently earned a Master of Education in Educational Technology from Wilmington University.  A newly retired Delaware Department of Education Liaison, Ms. McKinney has also been an adjunct at DSU for over 8 years.  Presently, as a DSU College Success Specialist, Ms. McKinney  teaches  the course  “Learning Strategies for Academic Success” and is eager to mentor and advise students as needed to encourage each one to achieve his or her goals.

Contact Info:

Email:  jmckinney [at] desu.edu
Phone:  302.857.7010

Dr. Cindy Seto-Friel – Academic Advisor

Dr. Cindy Seto-Friel

Cindy Seto-Friel has worked in higher education for over 10 years.  Her primary role at DSU is to help students on academic probation return to good academic standing.  She also teaches courses and advises students at DSU.  Dr. Friel earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master’s in Regional and Community Planning from Kansas State University and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Wilmington University.

Advisement Areas:  Aviation, Human Resources, Management Information Systems, and Marketing

Contact Info:
Email:  cfriel [at] desu.edu
Phone:  302.857.7840

Sheldon S. Taylor - Testing Associate (Specialist II)

Sheldon TaylorB.A., Education and Training Management, Wayland Baptist University
M.S., Human Resources Management and Organizational Development, Strayer University
Certifications:  Testing Instruments and Measurements
Professional Executive Certificates: Project Management, Strategic Management, and Negotiations from Notre Dame Mendoza School of Business
Sheldon served his country for 24 years in the U.S. Air Force and he comes to DSU with a wealth of experience in testing, assessment, and training. 
Sheldon is passionate about assisting students with developing their professional development skills.  He is an avid reader and learner of life.