william b. farquhar

William B. Farquhar

Dean, College of Health Sciences

Office Location:
Tower at STAR, 7th Floor

William Farquhar, whose research focuses on blood pressure, particularly hypertension and its interaction with salty diets and exercise, came to UD as an assistant professor after serving as an instructor at Harvard Medical School and assistant scientist at the HRCA Research and Training Institute. At Delaware, he was promoted to associate professor in 2008 and full professor in 2014. His research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health for some 20 years, and he regularly publishes with more than 100 papers appearing in top journals. From 2011-17, he served as chairperson of the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology. During his tenure, the department saw a growth in enrollment, supporting one of the most popular majors on campus. He also worked with leadership to dramatically expand research and teaching space and implemented a strategic plan that prioritized metrics related to rankings. A fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology and fellow and vice president of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Farquhar also served on the Board of Directors of the Federation of the American Societies for Experimental Biology and co-chaired ACSM's World Congress on the Basic Science of Exercise and Vascular Health. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at East Stroudsburg University and his doctorate in exercise and sports science/exercise physiology at Pennsylvania State University.

Leadership Roles

  • Associate Dean of Research, College of Health Sciences, University of Delaware (2020-2022)
  • Department Chair, Kinesiology & Applied Physiology, University of Delaware (2011-2017)
  • Vice-President and Board Member, American College of Sports Medicine (2021-2023)
  • Board of Directors, Federation of the American Societies for Experimental Biology (2017-2021)
  • NIH Study Section Chair, Hypertension and Microcirculation study section (2019-2021)
  • Board of Trustees, American College of Sports Medicine (2016-2019) 
  • Committee Chair, Chairs’ Caucus Steering Committee, University of Delaware (2016-2017) 
  • Co-Chair, Basic Science World Congress on Exercise and Vascular Health, ACSM (2021-2022)
  • Committee Chair, College of Health Sciences Research Advisory Committee (2020-2021) 
  • Associate Director, COBRE in Cardiovascular Health, NIH (PI Dave Edwards), (2021-2022) 
  • Chair, Institutional Review Board, University of Delaware (2018-2022)

Research Interests

  • Cardiovascular Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology


  • Post-Doc Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, MA 2001, Integrative Physiology
  • Ph.D Penn State University, PA 1998, Exercise Physiology
  • M.S East Stroudsburg University, PA 1991, Cardiac Rehabilitation & Exercise Science
  • BS East Stroudsburg University, PA , 1989, Exercise Physiology