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dennis-assanisNovember 18, 2015

Dear Members of the University of Delaware community:

On behalf of the members of the Presidential Search Committee, we wish to thank all those who shared their thoughts and reflections with us over the last few months.

The insights of faculty, staff and students and of the broader community helped us develop a comprehensive overview of the qualifications and experience needed to lead the University of Delaware forward.

This information from our key audiences also provided us with clear direction as we reviewed the qualifications of the candidates and interviewed the finalists.

All of us on the committee were impressed by the academic credentials, administrative experience and research accomplishments of Dennis Assanis, and we recommended him unanimously to the Board of Trustees.

We look forward to working with him when he becomes president on July 1.


Terri Kelly and Don Puglisi
Trustees and co-chairs
Presidential Search Committee

Presidential Transition

Dennis Assanis will take office on July 1, 2016. The transition to the next president will be handled by the Office of the Vice President and University Secretary. Anyone with questions should contact the office at vp-sec@udel.edu or call 302-831-7061.

Meet UD’s next president

View our photo gallery of Dennis Assanis and his family visiting with Blue Hen faculty, staff and students after being announced UD’s next president and hear from him in a welcome video.