January 2013

DSU Board Appoints Two New Trustees

               Mark A. Turner Delaware State University’s Board of Trustees has appointed two new members to its body.   Dr. Claibourne Smith, board chair, swore in Mark Turner, WSFS Bank CEO, and John J. Allen, Jr., Delmarva Power vice president, as the board’s newest trustees during its regular Jan. 10 public meeting. Both Mr. Turner and Mr. Allen have been appointed by the Board to serve six-year terms that will end on Aug. 31, 2019.   Mark A. Turner has been president, CEO and director of WSFS Financial Corporation and WSFS Bank since 2007. Prior to that, Mr. Turner served as the chief operating officer and chief financial officer of WSFS. His career has also included posts at CoreStates Bank, Meridian Bancorp, as well as the international professional services firm of KPMG, LLP.   Mr. Turner has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and management from LaSalle University, a MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in executive leadership from the University of Nebraska.   An active leader in business, civic and community circles, Mr. Turner has served as board chairman of the Delaware Bankers Association, board vice chairman of the Delaware Business Roundtable, and as an executive committee member of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, just to name a few. He also has been a senior fundraiser for the Wilmington Grand Opera House, and is involved in fundraising for the University of Pennsylvania and the Boys and Girls Club.               John J. Allen, Jr.   John J. Allen, Jr., is Delmarva Power’s vice president responsible for Kent and Sussex counties in Delaware as well as the counties of the Eastern Shore of Maryland since 2005.   An employee of Delmarva Power for 32 years, Mr. Allen’s background includes Customer Care Leadership, Organizational Training and Development, Training Instructional Design and Development, Human Performance Technology and Performance Improvement and holds industry certificates for Strategic Leadership.   Mr. Allen attended Lincoln University and Southwest Bible College & Seminary and holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Theology.   Mr. Allen is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society for Business, Management and Administration and is also a 2006 graduate of Leadership Maryland.   In civic and community service areas, Mr. Allen serves on the executive board of the Greater Salisbury (Md.) Committee, Salisbury Wicomico Economic Development, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore and the Maryland/D.C. Utilities Association. He also serves as a board member of Nanticoke Health Services, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Board of Visitors, the University System of Maryland Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lower Eastern Shore, as well as a member of the United Way of Delaware Kent & Sussex Advisory Council.

DSU President Harry L. Williams Emcees Gov. Markell's Inauguration


Dr. Harry L. Williams and Gov. Jack A. Markell shake hands at the beginning of the Jan. 15 Inauguration Ceremony that ushered second term for Delaware's Chief Executive.

DSU President Harry L. Williams took the morning of Jan. 15 off from DSU to serve as the master of ceremony for the Inauguration Ceremony that ushered in the second terms of Gov. Jack A. Markell and Lt. Gov. Matthew P. Denn. For images from the inauguration, click on the below slide show:

DSU to hold Jan. 21 MLK Program; Rev. John Moore as Keynote Speaker

           Rev. John Moore, Sr. Delaware State University and the Inner City Cultural League, Inc., will hold the 28th annual Martin Luther King, Jr., National Holiday Program at 12 noon Monday, Jan. 21 in the Education and Humanities Theatre on the DSU campus.   The keynote speaker will be the Rev. John Moore, Sr., vice president of the United Way of Delaware and the youth pastor at Calvary Baptist Church. The Rev. Moore is well-known throughout the state of Delaware and beyond for his uncanny portrayal of Dr. King through his presentation of the martyred civil rights leader’s famous speeches.   The Rev. Moore was recently awarded the 2012 Delaware State Educator Association’s Human and Civil Rights Award.   The program will also feature musical selections by the Sankofa String Orchestra and the Mt. Zion AME Church (of Dover) Children’s Choir, as well as spoken word and hip hop artist Amillion the Poet.