Werner C. Brown is a past chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Hercules, Inc. After receiving his degree in chemistry from Duke University, he began his career as a chemist with Hercules in 1942. Mr. Brown has served on the boards of directors of Diamond State Telephone Company, Delmarva Power & Light Company (vice chairman), Delaware Trust Company, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia (deputy chairman), and was a member of the board of advisors of the Wilmington Trust Company of Florida. He served on the board of trustees of Duke University (vice chairman). In 1977, he won the International Palladium Medal for his distinguished contributions to the chemical industry. He also served as chairman of the Chemical Manufacturers Association and as chairman of the Plastics Committee. He is a past member of the President's Export Council (Washington, DC) and of the executive council of the Harvard Business School. He was the 1970 chairman of the State of Delaware United Way Campaign. Elected to the Board in 1970, Mr. Brown was named Trustee Emeritus in 1993.
Robert W. Gore is a 1959 chemical engineering graduate of the University of Delaware. In 1963, he received his PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota. He then joined W.L. Gore & Associates as a research engineer, where he developed several technologies, the most important of which is "Gore–Tex,– expanded polytetrafluoroethylene, a material that won the 1985 Prince Phillip's Award for "Plastics in the Service of Mankind." In 1976, Dr. Gore became chief executive officer of W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc., a responsibility he retained until April 2000. He currently serves as chairman of the board of W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. He has served as a trustee of the University of Delaware Research Foundation, a member of the Advisory Committee of the Department of Chemical Engineering, and as a supporter of the 150th Anniversary Campaign. Three of Dr. Gore's children have received degrees from the University of Delaware. Professionally, Dr. Gore has received recognition, including the College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award in 1990, election to the National Academy of Engineers in 1995, and induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2006. Dr. Gore was named Trustee Emeritus in 2010.
Sally H. Higgins was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1971. She is a retired educator and guidance counselor and received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Delaware. In 1973, she was named Counselor of the Year by the Delaware Personnel and Guidance Association. She is the former director of guidance at Seaford High School. Mrs. Higgins has served as president of the Delaware School Board Association and the Seaford School Board. In 1988, Mrs. Higgins received the Athena Award for community service from the Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce and, in 1990, she received the Bernard P. Ireland Award from the College Board in recognition of contributions to the field of counseling. She was a member of the Committee for the Education of Women at the University. Mrs. Higgins was elected Trustee Emerita in 2001.
Andrew B. Kirkpatrick Jr. was elected to the University of Delaware Board of Trustees in 1982. He was named Board Chair in 1988 and served in that capacity until 1999. Mr. Kirkpatrick is Of Counsel to the Wilmington law firm of Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell of which he was a member engaged in the practice of law for many years. Mr. Kirkpatrick served as a 1st Lieutenant with the 31st Infantry Regiment in Korea in 1951–1952. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, he received his law degree in 1954 from Harvard University, magna cum laude, and served there as a member of the Harvard Law Review. Mr. Kirkpatrick chaired the Governor's Commission on Organized Crime from 1972–1973, was chairman of the Censor Committee of the Supreme Court of Delaware from 1970–1978, was president of the Delaware State Bar Association in 1978–1979, and is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is also a trustee of the Unidel Foundation. Mr. Kirkpatrick was elected Honorary Counselor in December 2003. He is also the recipient of a University of Delaware Honorary Degree, the highest honor the University can bestow.