Leadership & Mission


The University of Delaware exists to cultivate learning, develop knowledge and foster the free exchange of ideas. 


State-assisted yet privately governed, the University has a strong tradition of distinguished scholarship, research, teaching and service that is grounded in a commitment to increasing and disseminating scientific, humanistic and social knowledge for the benefit of the larger society.


Dennis Assanis


Dennis Assanis became the 28th president of the University of Delaware on June 6, 2016. Formerly provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Stony Brook University in New York, he was elected by a unanimous vote of UD’s Board of Trustees in November 2015.

Dr. Assanis is a distinguished educator with a wide range of academic leadership experience and a worldwide reputation as a scholar and expert in both fundamental and applied studies of internal combustion engines and energy systems. Before joining Stony Brook University, he had a distinguished career at the University of Michigan for 17 years.

With an exceptional research record, he has been at the leading edge in the field of internal combustion engines, fuels and energy for more than 25 years. He was inducted as a member of the National Academy of Engineers in 2008 for his scientific contributions to improving fuel economy and reducing emissions of internal combustion engines, and for promoting automotive engineering education. He holds five patents and has directed more than $100 million in research grants and contracts.

He holds an honors bachelor of science degree with distinction in marine engineering from Newcastle University in England and four degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology: a master of science degree in naval architecture and marine engineering and a master of science in mechanical engineering, a master of science in management from the Sloan School of Management and a doctorate in power and propulsion. 

Robin Morgan

Robin W. Morgan


As the University's chief academic officer, Robin W. Morgan is responsible for administration of all programs of instruction, research and service and for facilitating the success of the University’s faculty and students.


Alan Brangman

Executive Vice President & University Treasurer

Alan Brangman is responsible for administrative services, facilities, real estate, information technologies, finance, investments, campus and public safety. 


Glenn Carter, former global marketing communications leader for the 3M Company in St. Paul, Minnesota, serves as Vice President for Communications and Marketing. Reporting directly to the President, he is responsible for the vision, implementation and supervision of the University’s overarching communication operations, as well as its branding strategy and initiatives, visual identity and development of major institutional relationships. 

In addition to serving as global marketing communications leader in 3M’s Global Design department, he held positions at 3M in the Corporate Communications Department. He earlier held positions with the Abernathy MacGregor Group Inc., the Charles A. Dana Foundation and the Paley Center for Media. A cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University with a degree in English, he earned his master of science degree in integrated marketing communications, with a specialty in corporate public relations, from Northwestern University. 


Trevor A. Dawes reports to the Provost and works closely with administrator, faculty and students to provide leadership and resources that enhance research, learning and service at the University. He oversees University libraries, including the flagship Morris Library, as well as the University of Delaware Press and University Museums, which includes the Old College and Mechanical Hall art galleries and the Mineralogical Museum in Penny Hall. 


Formerly Associate University Librarian at Washington University in St. Louis, he previously held positions at the Princeton University Library and the Columbia University Libraries. Active in library and information services professional organizations, he earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology at Columbia University, a master’s degree in educational administration and educational leadership from Columbia University Teachers College and a master’s degree in library sciences from Rutgers University.


James Dicker, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, is responsible for promoting a culture of philanthropy throughout the University community and beyond and for enhancing connections of alumni to their alma mater.

Before joining UD, he served for three years as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Temple University, leading the alumni relations and development teams. Previously, he served for 12 years as Vice President of Development and College Relations at Lafayette College, where he was responsible for strategic planning and oversight of a $400 million comprehensive capital campaign.

Under his leadership, Lafayette’s development effort won 2012 and 2013 Circle of Excellence Awards for Education Fundraising from CASE, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. He earned his bachelor’s degree in government and law at Lafayette. 

As Interim Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education. Douglas Doren works closely with deans, department chairs and graduate program directors to provide leadership supporting the continued enhancement of graduate and professional education and postdoctoral studies.

Previously Deputy Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Doren has been a member of the University’s chemistry and biochemistry faculty since 1988. He became a full professor in 1999 and joined the dean’s office in 2007.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California at Berkeley, and his doctorate in chemical physics at Harvard University. He also did postdoctoral work at AT&T Bell Labs. His research uses methods of theoretical and computational chemistry to study problems in semiconductor surface chemistry, STM imaging of molecules at semiconductor interfaces, electronic properties of semiconductor materials for photochemistry and solar energy, catalysis for biomass transformation, and aqueous solvation in extreme conditions.  

As the University's chief legal officer, Laure Ergin is responsible for the management and supervision of all legal affairs for the University.

Reporting to the President, Ergin serves as principal legal advisor to the Board of Trustees, the President and senior staff on litigation, regulatory and contract matters.

Previously she served as Associate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at the University for five years. Before coming to UD, she was an attorney in the General Counsel's Office at Drexel University for 13 years, serving as Drexel's chief compliance officer for four of those years. She earned her undergraduate and law degrees from Saint Louis University.


Jeffrey W. Garland is Vice President and University Secretary, providing administrative support for the Board of Trustees and its chairman. He also oversees Commencement and Convocation ceremonies and the University's records management and archives operation.

Before he joined UD, Garland served as Senior Leader for Partnership and Business Development with Fisker Automotive. Previously he was Senior Vice President for Enterprise Affinity Marketing at Bank of America and Executive Vice President and Director of American Express Product Sales and Marketing at MBNA America Bank. He served as State Director and Assistant to the late U.S. Sen. William V. Roth Jr. and as Special Assistant to Delaware Gov. Michael N. Castle. Garland is a graduate of Duke University.


Carol Henderson is Vice Provost for Diversity, working to advance the University’s academic mission and goals in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights.

A member of the UD faculty since 1995, she is the author of a number of books and essays on the representations of race, gender and sexuality in print and visual culture. At UD, she has served on the Diversity and Equity Commission, the African Heritage Caucus, the Commission for the Status of Women, the College of Arts and Sciences' Recruitment and Retention Advisory Committee, which she chaired, the Ronald McNair Advisory Board, and the Arts and Humanities Summer Institute Advisory Committee.

Henderson has been honored on campus for her teaching and her commitment to diversity. A graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, she earned her master's degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and her doctoral degree from the University of California, Riverside.

Matt Kinservik is Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, charged with ensuring that the University recruits, nurtures and retains high quality faculty. He joined UD’s English faculty in 1997, specializing in 18th-century British literature. He has served in a number of administrative roles, including director of graduate studies and chair of the Department of English and, since 2011, associate dean for the humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences.

A member of the Path to Prominence Strategic Planning Committee, Kinservik currently co-chairs the new Strategic Planning Initiative’s Working Group on “Models for the New American Research University.” He has served on the executive committee of the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture and on the board of the University of Delaware Press. He holds a bachelor's degree in English and political science and a master's degree in English from the University of Wisconsin Madison, and a doctorate in English from Penn State University.

Peter Krawchyk Vice President for Facilities, Real Estate and Auxiliary Services and University Architect, is responsible for campus design, construction, maintenance and operations, custodial services, financial services and, working with senior leadership, the strategic development of the Science, Technology and Research (STAR) Campus. He also leads enterprises including the UD Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Dining Services, Hotel and Conference Services, Parking and Transportation, Real Estate and Printing.

Previously, Krawchyk has served as the University Architect and Director of Planning and Project Delivery since July 2015. Earlier he was the University Architect and Campus Planner from 2012-15 and Director of Facilities Planning and Construction from 2010-12. Before that, Krawchyk served as a Senior Associate at Ayers Saint Gross from 2008-10 and as Associate Director of Facilities Planning and Construction at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1998-2008. He earned his master of arts degree from Duke University and a master of architecture degree from North Carolina State University.


Christopher Lucier is Vice President for Enrollment Management, with responsibility for identifying, attracting, yielding, funding and ensuring the success of UD’s undergraduate students. He oversees the offices of Admissions, the Registrar, Student Financial Services and the University Tutoring Center.

Before joining UD in 2014, he was at the University of Vermont, serving as a member of the president’s senior leadership team, helping shape and manage overall university strategy. Reporting to the provost, he was responsible for developing enrollment management strategy and implementing and assessing operational programs to recruit, admit, retain graduate and undergraduate students.

Previously, he was at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Lucier began his career in enrollment management after serving in the U.S. Army for 21 years. He earned his bachelor of science degree in renewable natural resources from the University of Arizona and his master’s degree in public administration from Western Kentucky University. He is also a graduate of the Army's Command and General Staff College.

Lynn Okagaki is Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs, with responsibility for undergraduate academic affairs. She works with the Provost on the administration of academic policies and faculty appointment and promotion. She also works with the Provost to establish global collaborations and partnerships to extend the University's global role, leadership, geographic presence and visibility.

Okagaki joined UD as dean of the College of Education and Human Development in 2011, after serving as commissioner for Education Research in the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. Previously she held appointments at Purdue University, Yale University, Cornell University and the University of Houston.

She received her bachelor’s degree in applied behavioral sciences from the University of California at Davis and her doctorate in developmental psychology from Cornell University.

Gregory S. Oler serves as Vice President for Finance and Deputy Treasurer, providing leadership, planning and coordination for the University’s financial operations. He has direct oversight of treasury services, financial analysis and reporting, general accounting, tax planning and reporting, federal cost accounting, procurement and risk management.

Before joining UD, Oler was at the Johns Hopkins University for more than a decade, serving as Director of General Accounting for six years and as University Controller since 2009. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Loyola College.

Sharon Pitt serves as Vice President of Information Technologies, providing leadership on the University’s use of information technologies for teaching, learning, research, administrative and outreach activities, as well as assessment of new and emerging technologies.

With a bachelor's degree in economics and a master's degree in architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, she previously served as Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice President of Information Technology Services at Binghamton University in New York. Earlier she held positions at George Mason University, North Carolina State University, James Madison University and Virginia Tech. She is active in numerous professional committees and associations.


Christine (Chrissi) Rawak is Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Services. Before coming to UD, she spent more than a decade in athletics at the University of Michigan, where she oversaw external relations and strategic initiatives.

Previously she spent seven years in Michigan’s Office of University Development as the Assistant Vice President of Talent Management and Development Operations. From 1998-2004, she was Director of Personnel and Business Resources in the Office of Alumni Relations and Development at Northwestern University.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in sports management and communications from Michigan and a master’s degree in communication from Northwestern. 

Mary Messina Remmler, Vice President for Strategic Planning and Analysis, works with the senior leadership team in creating, communicating, implementing and sustaining strategic initiatives, including using data to support the development of innovative programs or services, identifying emerging trends and recommending new initiatives. She is responsible for developing plans for new cross-functional programs and University-wide institutes and services, increasing revenue, providing innovative thinking and working with senior leaders in plan implementation.

Before coming to UD, she served as Associate Vice President for Academic Budget and Financial Planning at Stony Brook University, where she earned an undergraduate degree in history and a master of science degree in management and policy.


José-Luis Riera serves as Vice President for Student Life, after serving as Interim Vice President since 2017. He joined UD in 2010 as Associate Dean of Students and was named Dean of Students in 2014.

His career in higher education includes a variety of experiences and progressive responsibilities in student affairs, including positions in student life at University of Maryland College Park, Drexel University and Colorado State University. A graduate of Muhlenberg College, he earned a master of science degree in student affairs from Colorado State University and his doctorate in college student personnel administration from the University of Maryland. 

Charles Riordan serves as Vice President for Research, Scholarship and Innovation, with responsibility for advancing the University's research enterprise, including oversight of six University-wide research institutes. Dr. Riordan is an inorganic-organometallic chemist whose research is supported by the National Science Foundation.

A member of the UD faculty since 1997, he served as Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry from 2002-07 and was Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education from 2010-12. Dr. Riordan served on the University's Path to Prominence strategic planning committee and received the University's outstanding doctoral graduate advising and mentoring award in 2008. A fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, he has served on the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry and Dalton Transactions. He earned his bachelor's degree at the College of Holy Cross and his Ph.D. at Texas A&M University.

Mission Statement

The University of Delaware exists to cultivate learning, develop knowledge and foster the free exchange of ideas. State-assisted yet privately governed, the University has a strong tradition of distinguished scholarship, research, teaching and service that is grounded in a commitment to increasing and disseminating scientific, humanistic and social knowledge for the benefit of the larger society. Tracing its origins to 1743 and chartered by the state in 1833, the University of Delaware today is a land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant university.

The University of Delaware is a major research university with extensive graduate programs that is also dedicated to outstanding undergraduate and professional education. University faculty are committed to the intellectual, cultural and ethical development of students as citizens, scholars and professionals. University graduates are prepared to contribute to a global society that requires leaders with creativity, integrity and a dedication to service.

The University of Delaware promotes an environment in which all people are inspired to learn and encourages intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, free inquiry and respect for the views and values of an increasingly diverse population.

Statement of Respect & Responsibility

The University of Delaware community values both personal and academic freedom.  Each member of the campus community has the responsibility to promote an atmosphere in which the free exchange of ideas and opinions can flourish.  All members have the right to benefit from this atmosphere.  We realize these values by learning from individual and collective differences, and by engaging with every human being, through:

  • RESPECT: We value individual differences, intersections of identities and life experiences.  Understanding inclusion means listening to various viewpoints, which strengthens our community and supports our intellectual growth.
  • CULTURE: We ensure a welcoming campus culture that advocates for each individual’s voice to be heard.
  • GROWTH: We seek self-awareness to strengthen connections and relationships with others.  We engage in open dialogue that builds trust and support.
  • INTEGRITY: We pride ourselves on honesty and transparency.  Leadership, accountability, and professionalism nurture a positive campus climate and community.
  • ENGAGEMENT: We collaborate with local, national and international communities to make significant contributions through research, teaching, learning and service.

In joining the UD community, we understand and acknowledge the importance of embracing this Statement of Respect and Responsibility.

Members of the Board of Trustees


Officers of the Board

John R. Cochran, Chair
Terri L. Kelly, Vice Chair
Terence M. Murphy, Vice Chair
Mary Jane Willis, Secretary/Treasurer


Ex Officio Members

John Carney, Governor of the State of Delaware
Michael K. Lynch,  Master of the State Grange
Dennis Assanis, President of the University
Whitney Townsend Sweeney, President of the State Board of Education 

Elected and Appointed Members

Carol A. Ammon 

Kathleen V. Hawkins

James C. Borel 

Debra Hess Norris

Irwin G. Burton III

John W. Paradee

Allison Burris Castellanos    

Claudia Peña Porretti

Georgina Class-Peters

Donald J. Puglisi

Joan F. Coker

Robert F. Rider Jr.

Claire DeMatteis

Edmond J. Sannini

William J. DiMondi

A. Gilchrist Sparks III

Donna M. Fontana

David W. Spartin

Chaitanya Gadde

Sean X. Wang

Michael S. Geltzeiler

Kenneth C. Whitney

Trustees Emeriti

Howard E. Cosgrove
Robert A. Fischer Jr.
Sally H. Higgins
Robert W. Gore