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Division of Institutional Advancement

Mission Statement: 
Delaware State University’s Division of Institutional Advancement assists all alumni, students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders in supporting the University’s mission through engagement and philanthropic activities worldwide.

The Delaware State University Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation devoted to the welfare and future development of Delaware State University and its affiliated organizations.  The Foundation exists solely for the purpose of securing and administering private funds in support of academic programs, student scholarships, faculty development, public service initiatives, and other priorities of Delaware State University. 


  • Delaware State University Foundation
  • Office of Advancement Services
  • Office of Alumni Relations
  • Office of Development


Dr. Vita Pickrum
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
President, Delaware State University Foundation
vpickrum [at] desu.edu

Bradley, Claudette
Development Technician
cbradley [at] desu.edu

Brown, Lakisha
Administrative Secretary
lpettie [at] desu.edu

Dorsett, Aleasha
Program Manager
ardorsett [at] desu.edu

Hopkins, Dawn
Director of Annual Giving
dhopkins [at] desu.edu

Kirby, Diane
Manager of Alumni Engagement
dkirby [at] desu.edu

Pryor, LaShawne
Director, Major Gift Officer
lpryor [at] desu.edu

Robinson, Dr. Lorene
Director of Donor Relations
lrobinson [at] desu.edu

Ross, Rochelle
Financial Analyst
rross [at] desu.edu

Savage, Henrietta
Special Assistant to the Vice President
Controller, Delaware State University Foundation
hsavage [at] desu.edu

Shockley, Dr. Charity
Director of Grants Development and Management
cshockley [at] desu.edu

Taylor, Dr. Marcia
Executive Director of Alumni Relations
mtaylor [at] desu.edu