Hullihen Hall

Office of the
Vice President and University Secretary

University of Delaware Board of Trustees 2013

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

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.


Carey McDaniel is the former Director of Development at St. Anne's Episcopal School in Middletown, Delaware. She is a graduate of St. Andrew's School, holds a BA in English from the University of Delaware, Class of 1994, and received her Master of Arts in English Literature from Washington College in 1998. Prior to her work at St. Anne's, Ms. McDaniel served as Assistant Director of Admissions and taught English at West Nottingham Academy, a boarding high school in Maryland, and also taught English at St. Thomas More Academy in Dover. She has served on both the Alumni Board and Board of Trustees of St. Andrew's School, and is currently a member of the Colonial Dames of America. A lifelong Delawarean, Ms. McDaniel resides in Lewes with her children, Emma and Alex.