September 2012

Dr. A. Richard Barros Named Trustee Emeritus

In 1977, A. Richard Barros decided one way he could fulfill his desire to help eliminate discrimination and prejudice would be to serve on the DSU Board of Trustees. He felt that then-Delaware State College was not Board Vice Chair David G. Turner presents Trustee Emeritus Resolution to Dr. A. Richard Barros being treated fairly and that he could help reverse that trend. Then-Gov. Pierre duPont took him at his word, and appointed him to be on the DSC board. Dr. Barros recently ended his 3½-decade tenure on the DSU Board of Trustees, which has honored him by unanimously approving a resolution that elects him as trustee emeritus. The honor was bestowed on Dr. Barros during the board’s regular meeting on Sept. 13, two weeks after he stepped down from his 35 years of service as a trustee as a result of term limits that were established this year by the board. Dr. Claiborne D. Smith, board chair, praised Dr. Barros for his outstanding service and noted that the trustee emeritus was particularly helpful to him over the years. “He was a personal mentor to me when I first came on the board,” Dr. Smith said. “His encouragement over the years helped keep my energy level very high in terms of work on the board.” Dr. Barros said it has been a pleasure to work with his fellow trustees, administrators, faculty, staff and students in the positive development of the institution. “I am so proud of where DSU is at this point,” Dr. Barros said. “We have accomplished a great deal, and I have never felt better about this University than I do now. “ After his initial 1977 appointment to the board, he was reappointed by Gov. duPont and Gov. Michael N. Castle for additional terms of office until 1994. Around that time, Dr. Barros determined that he wanted his service on the board to be free from dependence on political appointments, and he asked to be appointed by the board. He would remain a board appointment through his remaining 18 years as a trustee. During his tenure, Dr. Barros has served as a board vice chairman, as a longtime chair of the Education Policy Committee, and as a member of the Executive, Student Affairs, and the former Trustees Faculty committees. Among his many important contributions to the University were: his service on the Middle States Self-Study Steering Committee and assistance in the writing of the self-study that led to the reaffirmation of the institution’s accreditation in 2002;  his service as a member of three presidential search committees;  and his 18 years on the University’s federally mandated Internal Review Board, which reviewed all of the institution’s research and studies to protect the welfare and treatment of research subjects. It was the result of Dr. Barros’ initiative that bi-annual meetings were established in the mid-2000s between the board’s Education Policy Committee and the Executive Committee of the DSU Faculty Senate. Dr. Barros’ service to the institution even extended to the classroom where he served as an adjunct associate professor of aviation science at the University. As DSU board member, Dr. Barros has served as a presenter at national conferences of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges covering the subjects  of  “University Security and Premise’s Liability” and “How to Avoid Litigation at a University.” The institution recognized his many contributions to the University in 1991 by awarding him an honorary Doctor of Law. Throughout his tenure, Dr. Barros represented DSU and its board well as an active participant in community affairs and charitable causes. Dr. Barros recently retired from a long and distinguished career as an attorney and lead partner in the law firm of Barros McNamara Malkiewicz & Taylor, P.A.; and In addition to recognizing Dr. Barros for many of the abovementioned accomplishments and dedicated service, the resolution approved by the board on Sept. 13 also noted, “During his long service on the Board, Dr. Barros has demonstrated great dedication and collegiality and has provided highly valued counsel to the deliberations of the Board.”

Brenda Farmer Honored as 2012 Black Achiever


DSU turned out in support of Brenda Farmer's Black Achiever honor. Seated are (l-r) Dr. Mabel Morrison, Ms. Farmer's son Amillion Mayfield, Brenda Farmer, Allen Ward; (standing l-r) Jane Downs, Dr. Marshall Stevenson along with his wife Lynda, and Germaine Cheatham.

Jeff Johnson, White House correspondent, presents DSU's Brenda Farmer with a 2012 Black Achiever Award. Mr. Johnson was the keynote speaker. Brenda Farmer, DSU director of Events and Ceremonies, constantly makes the University shine with the way she organizes a wide variety of programs on campus. On Sept. 19 it was Ms. Farmer’s turn to shine as she was honored as a 2012 Black Achiever. The annual Black Achievers in Business and Industry awards is sponsored by the YMCA of Delaware to honor men and women who succeed in both business and community involvement. The Sept. 19 ceremony, at the Chase Center in Wilmington, paid tribute to 20 such achievers, including Ms. Farmer. Jeff Johnson, investigative reporter, White House correspondent and social activist, was the featured speaker of the event. “Brenda Farmer coordinates and choreographs many of the major events on campus, giving her creative touch that represents the University so well,” said Dr. Harry L. Williams, DSU president. “She constantly makes DSU look good to the public and is therefore instrumental in the connection DSU maintains with the communities in Dover and throughout Delaware.” Ms. Farmer is a Delaware State University Hornet through and through. She has earned a BA in Mass Communications and a Master of Social Work, both from DSU. A 19-year-employee of the University, after working in a number of administrative professional positions, Ms. Farmer spent some time in the Office of Admissions where achieved celebrity status with prospective and new students and their families through her campus tours and her Parent Bus Tours of Dover. It is estimated that Ms. Farmer helped introduce the campus and the local Dover area to more than 10,000 students and their parents. In her current post, Ms. Farmer works in the University’s Division of Institutional Advancement. “Brenda is an exceptional event planner and never fails to amaze and wow us with her creative energy,” said Carolyn Curry, vice president of Institutional Advancement. “She is truly DSU’s secret marketing weapon!” Ms. Farmer is the recipient of the Presidential Gold Medal, as well as several DSU Employee of the Year awards. She is also known for her volunteer work and social work assistance in the Dover community.