Council of Community Engagement & Public Service Centers

In the spring of 2015, Provost Grasso launched the UD Community Engagement Initiative  with the goal of enhancing the university’s identity and contributions as an engaged university. One of the key goals of the Initiative is to support and build upon the work of UD’s centers and institutes that have a central commitment to community engagement and public service.  In support of that goal, the Council of Community Engagement and Public Service Centers has been established. The Council is composed of the heads of a variety of university units that carry out the university’s educational, research and public service mission in a manner that directly engages the public.

The units that are represented on the Council are particularly attentive to identifying and understanding the needs, challenges and opportunities faced by different communities, local to global, and working with them to produce positive community and societal impacts.  In doing so, the centers also provide robust experiential learning opportunities for all involved, including faculty and staff, students, public agencies, nonprofit organizations, businesses and citizens.

The Council advises the CEI on opportunities and priorities to strengthen the community engagement and public service contributions of its member units.  The Council also recommends steps to enhance collaboration across centers and institutes.

The Council is co-chaired by Dr. Michelle Rodgers, Associate Dean and Director of Cooperative Extension in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Dr. George Irvine, Director, Corporate Programs & Partnerships in the Lerner College of Business and Economics.


Full Membership List, Fall 2018



Allie Sethman Energy Institute
Allison Karpyn Center for Research on Education & Social Policy (CRESP)
Andrea Boyle Tippett Communications & Public Affairs
Beth Mineo Center for Disability Studies
Bill Latham Center for Applied Business & Economic Research (CABER)
Caitlin Olsen Governmental Relations
Carlos Asarta Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship
Cathy McLaughlin Biden Institute
Chandra Reedy Center for Historic Architecture and Design (CHAD)
Christy Visher Center for Drug & Health Studies
Dan Leathers Delaware Environmental Observation System; Center for Environmental Monitoring and Analysis
Dan Rich Community Engagement Initiative
David Legates School of Marine Sci & Policy
David Wunsch State Geological Survey
Dionisios G Vlachos Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation (CCEI)
Ed Ratledge Center for Applied Demography and Survey Research (CADSR)
George Irvine Co-Chair, Corporate Programs and Partnerships, Lerner College of Business & Economics
Jackie Wilson Delaware Academy for School Leadership
Jacob Thompson Graduate Student
James Broomall Professional and Continuing Studies
James Kendra Disaster Research Center
Jason Hustedt Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood (DIEEC)
Jeanette Miller Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN)
Jennifer Merrill Delaware Sea Grant College Program
Jerome Lewis Institute for Public Administration
John Koh Delaware Biotechnology Institute
Justin Bruchey Residence Life and Housing
Kevin Brinson Center for Environmental Monitoring and Analysis
Kimberly Reinagel-Nietubicz Office of the Executive Vice President
Layne Humphrey Center for Research on Education & Social Policy (CRESP)
Liz Farley-Ripple Partnership for Public Education
Lynnette Overby Community Engagement Initiative
Martha Buell University Faculty Senate
Melissa Jurist K-12 Engineering
Michael Chajes Sustainability Task Force
Michelle Rodgers Co-Chair, Cooperative Extension
Nancy Karibjanian Center for Political Communication
Noel Duckworth Partnership for Healthy Communities
Richard Suminski Center for Innovative Health Research
Rita Landgraf Partnership for Healthy Communities
Sandra Millard UD Library
Sarah Katz UD Library
Shaun Sutherell Proefssional and Continuing Studies
Steve Martin Center for Drug and Health Studies
Steve Metraux Center for Community Research and Service
Steve Peuquet Former Co-chair
Susan Giancola Center for Research on Education & Social Policy (CRESP)
Susan Serra Community Engagement Initiative, Office of Service Learning
Susan Sherry Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship
Tom Powers Center Science, Ethics, & Public Policy
Tricia Wachtendorf Disaster Research Center
Valerie Lane Community Engagement Initiative