Levy Court marks DSU’s 125th anniversary

Levy Court honored Delaware State University for its 125th anniversary. From left, Commissioners Eric Buckson, Glen Howell, George Sweeney, Trustee Dr. Wilma Mishoe, DSU President Dr. Harry Williams, Levy Court President P. Brooks Banta, Commissioners Allan Angel, Terry Pepper and County Administrator Mike Petit de Mange. (Submitted photo )

Levy Court honored Delaware State University for its 125th anniversary. From left, Commissioners Eric Buckson, Glen Howell, George Sweeney, Trustee Dr. Wilma Mishoe, DSU President Dr. Harry Williams, Levy Court President P. Brooks Banta, Commissioners Allan Angel, Terry Pepper and County Administrator Mike Petit de Mange. (Submitted photo )

DOVER — Honoring Delaware State University’s 125th anniversary was the first item on the agenda at the Kent County Levy Court meeting Tuesday night. It was noted during the tribute that the local institution offers 53 bachelor degrees, 25 master degrees and five doctoral degrees.

“While working for the city, I saw a lot of the early changes at the university, like the library and some of the off-campus student housing, and it has been wonderful to watch that growth continue,” said County Administrator Michael Petit de Mange. “Delaware State University has both a great future and a rich past.”

On-hand to receive the commemorative plaque were members of Delaware State University’s alumni association, members of the board of trustees, a few faculty member and university President Dr. Harry L. Williams.

“This is special because we’re home, whenever we’re recognized by organizations at home, it’s a big deal,” said Dr. Williams. “We are humbled by the recognition, and we can commit to you and promise that we will continue to work every single day to lift Delaware State University up.”

Dr. Williams, now in his sixth year as president, also noted that over the past 125 years, the university has only had 10 presidents.

“I feel that this shows some stability within the leadership over our history,” he said.

In other business:

• The week of Oct. 9-15 was designated National Family and Community Education week.

• Two new employee introductions were issued by director of planning, Sarah Keifer. Carolyn Downs was hired as a secretary in the Inspections and Enforcement department on Aug. 15.

Previously she worked as an administrative assistant and office manager.

Steve Hastings was also hired on Aug. 15 as a building inspector. Before being hired by the county he worked as a construction project manager and he has 30 years of experience in the construction industry with both residential and commercial buildings.

Reach staff writer Ian Gronau at igronau@newszap.com

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