September 2012

DSU Moves Up to 13th in the Annual HBCU Rankings

Delaware State University has moved up to 13th among 80 Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the country in the annual ranking released today by U.S. News & World Report. DSU President Harry L. Williams said he expects DSU to continue moving up in the rankings in the future as well.   DSU was tied last year with South Carolina State University for 15th place and this year surpassed that school (this year 14th) as well as moved passed Elizabeth City University, which dropped to a 20th  tie with Morgan State University.   Among Mid-Atlantic Region schools, DSU joins Howard University (2nd), Hampton University (4th) and Morgan State (20th) that made the top 20 HBCUs in the 2013 ranking.   DSU President Harry Lee Williams said the elevation of the University from 15th to 13th validates that the University is moving in the right direction, but also challenges the institution to work hard to continue moving up in the rankings in the upcoming years.   “The schools that are currently ahead of us are not doing anything that we aren’t capable of doing -- and in many areas DSU is already accomplishing,” Dr. Williams said. “The University will continue to strive diligently to build on the great success of our recent affirmation of DSU’s accreditation and continue to make best practices the standard in carrying out our institutional mission.”   The DSU president added, “As DSU consistently does that, our rise in this HBCU ranking will continue.”   When U.S. News & World Report first published its HBCU ranking in 2008, DSU ranked #22, and then rose to #17 in 2009 and 2010, before rising to 15th last year.     The HBCU rankings are based on the following categories to assess academic quality: assessment by administrators at peer institutions, retention of students, graduation rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.   Spelman College of Atlanta, Ga., is ranked as the No. 1 HBCU in the country by the magazine, a top distinction it has held since 2008. Spelman is followed by No. 2 Howard University and No. 3 Morehouse College.  

Poverty Tour 2.0 -- Photos Slideshow


(L-r) Dr. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley brought their Sept. 13 Poverty Tour 2.0 event to DSU's Memorial Hall Gymnasium before a crowd of about 1,700.

It was an historic evening at Delaware State University as the institution hosted a stop by noted TV and radio talk show Tavis Smiley and eminent intellectual and author Dr. Cornel West, who brought their Poverty Tour 2.0 to the campus on Sept. 13. Not to be accused of shying away from the general African American thought with respect to the upcoming presidential election, both renowned speakers challenged the incumbent President Barack Obama and his opponent Mitt Romney to stop ignoring the problem of poverty in their campaign discourse. For images from the Poverty Tour 2.0 at DSU, see the below photo slideshow. Photos by Carlos Holmes:

DSU President Appoints Dr. Teresa Hardee as VP of Finance

DSU President Harry L. Williams announced today that he has appointed Dr. Teresa Hardee as the University’s new vice president of finance.             Dr. Teresa Hardee   In her DSU post, Dr. Hardee will oversee and manage the day-to-day fiscal operations of the University, including budget, payroll, accounting, accounts payable/receivable, purchasing, contracting, fiscal planning, banking, investment reporting, procurement, cash management, housekeeping, maintenance, deferred maintenance and facilities.   Dr. Hardee will report directly to the DSU president and work closely with Amir Mohammadi, executive vice president and University treasurer. Mr. Mohammadi – who now works as part of the Office of the President – is responsible for the oversight of enterprise risk management, institutional research planning and analysis, academic and international program fiscal planning, human resources, information technology and other areas.   Dr. Hardee arrives at DSU after serving the last five years as the chief financial officer and vice president for Administrative and Financial Services at Florida A&M University.   Prior to that, Dr. Hardee served as the assistant vice chancellor for budgets and financial planning from 2003 to 2007 and as the director of internal audit from 2002 to 2003, both at North Carolina Central University. She also held a succession of posts for the state of North Carolina as an investment accounting manager for the Department of State Treasurer (North Carolina), as a state auditor and as an advanced state management analyst from 1996 to 2002.   Dr. Williams said Dr. Hardee is a “first-rate talent” and he is “delighted” to have her as part of the DSU leadership team.   “This is an exciting opportunity to have someone with Dr. Teresa Hardee’s experience working with our finance staff,” Dr. Williams said. “She has been a state auditor, university auditor and served as a CFO at Florida A&M, where she oversaw a budget of over $492 million. She has done it all.”   Mr. Mohammadi, who served as the chair of the search committee, said with the University embarking on the construction of a new optics research facility, moving toward the future establishment of a new Wilmington area satellite site and continuing its ongoing energy saving upgrades on campus, this was a critical appointment.   “As a seasoned finance professional, Dr. Hardee will hit the ground running on day one,” said Mr. Mohammadi. “There is nothing that we have going on at DSU that she hasn’t encountered in her depth of financial experience.”   Dr. Hardee's first day in the finance leadership post will be on Oct. 1.