Delaware State in talks to acquire Wesley College

DOVER — Wesley College continues to move in a “positive manner” for a potential partnership with another institution, said Wesley President Bob Clark Wednesday. While he declined to disclose the name as talks continue, a Delaware State University spokesman said that the university is exploring its options with the college. “When the time is right […]

Biden, Vanessa Williams to join DSU virtual graduation

DOVER — As commencements go virtual, Delaware State University said Tuesday that 25 cultural influencers, from musicians to former Vice President Joe Biden, will join the class of 2020 during graduation this year. Earlier this month the university announced that, due to COVID-19, students would have a virtual ceremony where they will be conferred their […]

Wesley offers Easter food baskets to Bayhealth employees

DOVER — To express thanks, in food service, is to do what they do best: give food, noted John Sullivan, director of food service at Wesley College. As a thank you to health care workers over the holiday, the Aramark food service staff at the downtown Dover-based college prepared Easter baskets for Bayhealth employees. “Especially […]

Universities ponder graduation makeup dates amid postponements

Delaware universities are still determining how to move forward with graduation details as coronavirus has shifted education to continue remotely for the rest of the semester. The University of Delaware announced Thursday that it would postpone its 2020 Commencement, originally scheduled for May 30. “We’ve had to take a series of responsible, yet drastic measures […]

Wesley takes another step toward merger

DOVER — The boards of trustees for Wesley College and a potential partner approved a merger pending legal review and the signing of a final agreement about three weeks ago. Documents received from the Office of Management and Budget through a Freedom of Information Act request indicate a merger between Wesley and the unspecified institution […]

Dover helps Wesley, votes to send old library deed restriction to the state

DOVER — Members of Dover City Council did their part in helping to fulfill an agreement between Wesley College and the State of Delaware that would send up to $3 million in public funds to the small liberal arts college in the heart of Dover. Dover City Council members voted unanimously 9-0 following a 30-minute […]

UD officials face questions about transparency, Wesley

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DOVER — The Joint Finance Committee grilled top University of Delaware administrators over transparency and diversity Thursday, with one senator questioning why the institution failed to acquire Wesley College last year. Officials from UD, Delaware State University and Delaware Technical Community College appeared before the legislature’s budget-writing panel for their annual hearing, allowing the three […]

Update on Wesley’s future could come soon

DOVER — An announcement about Wesley College’s future or at least a decision on its latest request for state funding could come within the next few weeks. The college, which is facing serious financial difficulties, in November submitted a request for $3.2 million from the state’s Higher Education Economic Development Investment Fund. The group, which […]

Commentary: Wesley College should receive needed funding

During the last few decades, I’ve heard repeated comments about the demise of Wesley College in Dover due to financial issues. Each crisis has been averted, thanks to renewed interest in the success of this small college nestled in the heart of Dover. Now, Wesley appears to be facing another crisis, that is truly threatening […]

Dover, Levy Court back resolutions for Wesley state funding

DOVER — Wesley College received support from Kent County Levy Court and Dover City Council this week in the form of resolutions asking the state to continue its financial support of the institution. “With greater than 50 percent of our student body being Delawareans, over 80 percent of our graduates remaining in Delaware following graduation, […]