Funeral service for former DSU president DeLauder set for June 8

DOVER — A funeral service will be held on June 8 in Frederick, Maryland, for Dr. William B. DeLauder, the eighth president of the Delaware State University. He was 81.

Dr. DeLauder, who’s tenure ran from 1987-2003, resided in Jamestown, North Carolina, with his wife Vermell, when he died om May 21.

In 1987, Dr. DeLauder succeeded Dr. Luna I. Mishoe (1960-1987) as president of then-Delaware State College, beginning a 16-year career.

Current DSU president Wilma Mishoe celebrated his work on Friday.

“He was a gentle and thoughtful man who was brilliant in his approached to moving the University forward,” Dr. Mishoe said in a statement. “He was also a scientist, and as such, he paid attention to the small details, and that served his administration and the University well. He was also an excellent photographer, a pursuit he truly enjoyed in his spare time.”

During his presidency, the student enrollment grew from 2,389 students to a then-record 3,367, said DSU.

Under Dr. DeLauder’s term, seven new master’s degree programs – Biology, Chemistry, Historic Preservation, Mathematics, Natural Resources, Physics, and Plant Science – were added to the three graduate programs.

In what was the school calls his signature achievement, the DeLauder Administration succeeded in making the case for the school’s elevation in status, and in 1993 the institution was renamed by the state General Assembly from Delaware State College to Delaware State University.

His administration also oversaw $100 million in new construction and improvements on the campus. That included the completion of Phase II of the William C. Jason Library, as well as the construction of the Warren-Franklin Residential Hall, the Mishoe Science Center-South (1995), the College of Business Building (originally named the MBNA Building, now named the Bank of America Building), the U.S. Washington Cooperative Extension Building and Herbarium, the University Courtyard Apartments and a four-story Administration Building (2003). In addition, two streets that extended well into the campus from the Main Gate were eliminated and replaced with a pedestrian mall in the mid-1990s.

On June 8, there will be a viewing from 10 a.m. to noon followed immediately by a funeral service. Both will be held at Jackson Chapel United Methodist Church, 5609 Ballenger Creek Pike in Frederick, Maryland.

According to DSU, the family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the William B. DeLauder Scholarship Fund at DSU. Donations can be made by contacting the DSU Foundation in the University’s Office of Institutional Advancement by calling (302) 857-6055.

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