Hullihen Hall

Office of the
Vice President and University Secretary

University of Delaware Board of Trustees 2015

Current Officer Biographies


John R. Cochran started his financial career in 1973 in credit card banking and was a senior member of the management team that established MBNA in 1982. He was the chief operating officer of MBNA Corporation and chairman and chief executive officer of its principal subsidiary, MBNA America Bank. As head of business development at MBNA for more than 20 years, Mr. Cochran was responsible for gaining the endorsement of nearly 5,000 organizations, ranging from the National Education Association and Ducks Unlimited to NASCAR and Merrill Lynch. MBNA merged with Bank of America in January 2006. He retired from the bank in February 2008.

A graduate of Loyola University Maryland, Mr. Cochran developed the endorsed marketing concept that led to MBNA becoming one of the country’s largest direct marketers, with more than 40 million customers worldwide. He oversaw the growth of a regional credit card portfolio into one of the largest loan programs in the world.

Mr. Cochran is a member of the Board of Trustees of Loyola University Maryland and Christiana Care Health System. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Delaware Council for Economic Education and the Wilmington Country Club. He serves on the Stella Maris Advisory Board, Baltimore, Maryland.

Vice Chair

William B. Chandler III is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati.

In 1997 he was appointed Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery, having served as Vice Chancellor since 1989. On June 30, 2009, he was reappointed to another 12–year term as Chancellor. Before his appointment to the Court of Chancery, Chandler served as Resident Judge of the Delaware Superior Court from 1985 to 1989. He previously was an associate with Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell and served as Legal Counsel to former Governor Pete du Pont.

Chandler received his law degrees from the University of South Carolina School of Law and the Yale Law School and his undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware. He was inducted into UD's Alumni Wall of Fame in 1995. He is presently a member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Association, and the Delaware Bar Association. In addition, he is Chair of the Advisory Board of Trustees for the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance in UD's Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, Co–Chair of the Adolf Berle Corporate Law Center at the University of Seattle School of Law, and the Yale Law School Corporate Governance Center. Chandler teaches at several law schools across the country, including Vanderbilt, University of Georgia, University of Chicago and Washington University.

Vice Chair

Terri Kelly is president and CEO of W.L. Gore & Associates, a multi–billion dollar enterprise that employs around 10,000 associates worldwide. Gore specializes in fluoropolymer–based materials utilized in a wide array of high–value products, including GORE–TEX® fabric, medical devices, filtration and venting products and many other advanced technology solutions. Gore is as well–known for its unique management philosophy and culture, as for its multitude of unique products.

Terri joined Gore as a process engineer in 1983 after graduating summa cum laude from the University of Delaware with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. In her early years with the company, she gained experience as a product specialist with the military fabrics business–a unit she eventually led–helping it grow from a small start–up venture into a leading producer of protective products for the global Armed Forces.

In 1998, Terri joined Gore's global Fabrics Division's leadership team. In this role, she helped establish a Fabrics manufacturing plant in Shenzhen, China–Gore's first Fabrics plant in Asia Pacific. The region has since grown into a significant source of revenue for Gore. While in the Fabrics Division, Terri also served on the Enterprise Operations Committee working closely with the CEO and other leaders to help guide the strategic direction of the company.

Terri's leadership abilities have driven her success in a company known for its non–hierarchical "lattice" structure. At Gore, associates become leaders based on their ability to gain the respect of their peers and to attract followers. Terri earned the title of president and CEO in 2005–one of the few titles within the Enterprise–following a peer–driven selection process.

In addition to her role at Gore, Terri is a member of the Management Executives Society and the International Women's Forum. She also sits on the board of directors for the Nemours Foundation–one of the nation's leading children's health care systems. She resides in Delaware with her husband and four children.


Mary Jane Willis holds a B.S. from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a M.A. from West Virginia University. As an educator she has experience as a Guidance Counselor, a Diversified Cooperative Training Coordinator, and a teacher of the Gifted and Talented. She is an active member of Asbury United Methodist Church. Mary Jane holds a number of public service positions including Chairman of KidsPeace National Board; Chairman of Bayhealth Hospital Board of Advisors, Vice Chairman of Hope Medical Clinic; Director of Bayhealth Hospital Board; and member of West Virginia Wesleyan Board of Trustees. Other community and public service activities have included Delaware State Chairman of the United States Olympic Committee, Chairman of the Delaware State Public Integrity Commission, Co–Chair of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the Delaware United Way Board, President of Delta Kappa Gamma, President of American Association of University Women, Trustee of the Children's Beach House, member of the Delaware Community Foundation Board, Delaware Environmental Appeals Board, DE Division American Cancer Society Board, Kent General Hospital Board, Kent General Hospital Foundation Board, West Virginia Wesleyan College National President's Advisory Board, University of Delaware Parent Board, Dartmouth College Parent Board, and co–chaired the Washington College Parent Board. She attended the U.S. Army War College National Security Seminar. Mary Jane and her husband, Bill, own Willis Chevrolet Buick, Willis Ford and Middletown Automotive. They received the 2012 Hope Clinic Distinguished Service Award and the Del–Mar–Va District, Boy Scouts of America 2012 Distinguished Citizens Award. Mary Jane and Bill reside in Smyrna and have four married children and five grandchildren: Blair & Lori Willis; Isaac & Christy, Brooke and Mason Willis; Lincoln & Laura and Deane Willis; and Whitney & Jonathan, Savannah and Wyatt Snow.