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David G. Turner, Board Chair

David G. TurnerFirst appointed by Gov. Ruth Ann Minner in mid-February 2008
Sworn in on April 10, 2008

Executive Committee, ex officio
Academic & Student Success Committee, ex officio
Audit & ERM Committee, ex officio
Innovation & Sustainability Trustees, ex officio
Operations Committee, ex officio

David was asked to joined IBM at the end of 2010 to develop the vision and strategy including identification of key players for the industry, develop external relationships with relevant industry players, lead development of the global industry strategy for BAO solutions, support achievement of global revenue and sales targets for BAO in the Banking/FM industries, and to engage in selected anchor client engagements. David has worked with many regional and Global banks.

After retiring from Bank of America at the end of 2009, David founded Sovereign Partners Consulting, LLC to work with key major banking clients around the world in strategy and IT consulting with a focus on managing and using data to drive business value.

Through the end of 2009 at Bank of America he was the Information Management Transformation Executive responsible for the enterprise information strategy including data warehouses, data quality/data governance and customer analytics. At Bank of America, in August of 2007, David became responsible for Deposits and Mass Markets Customer Insights, Strategy and Product Innovation executive responsible for Analytics, Strategy, Offer Management and Product Development for the Deposits and Mass Consumer organization P&L and customer experience. After the acquisition of MBNA by Bank of America in January 2006 David served as Card Product Development/Product Management and Analytics executive and was responsible for National Sales, Product Development/Product Management, Customer Insights/Experience, New Market Development, and Analytics for both Credit Card portfolios.

David joined MBNA in July of 2003 as a Senior Executive Vice President and a member of the Senior Operating Committee. He was promoted to Group Executive and a member of the Executive Committee to create the Research and Development Department in the beginning of 2004.

Before joining MBNA, Turner was Executive Vice President and President of the Gateway Companies in San Diego, California for almost five years. In that capacity, he was responsible for the P&L, new products, marketing, sales and service of customers leading over 7,000 people. He led the 400 Gateway Country stores to 13% YOY comparisons.

Mr. Turner began his career and spent 14 years until 1999 with AT&T in various large scale sales, marketing and services roles.  When he left, his role was AT&T E-Business Vice President, responsible for AT&T’s E-Commerce efforts.

Turner graduated from Delaware State University where he majored in Computer Science/Mathematics. He earned his Master of Sciences in MIS from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is also an alumnus of the Dartmouth - Amos Tuck Executive MBA Education Program in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Turner was recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the “50 Most Powerful Black Executives in America” in 2002. He was recognized by the US Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine as one of the 50 most important Blacks in Technology for 2005 and for 2006. He was awarded the Delaware State College Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003.

He is a former Director of the US Chamber of Commerce. He was a former Trustee of Lightbridge, Inc. - a telecom decisioning company and Authorize.net (now Cybersource) - a payments gateway company. Turner is dedicated to giving back what he has learned to young people as an adjunct faculty member at several universities and as such he teaches Marketing at University of Delaware.

Mr. Turner was appointed to fill the vacancy and complete the term left by the resignation of Richelle Vible who resigned in early 2008.

Barry M. Granger, Board Vice Chair

Barry M. GrangerFirst appointed by the board in June 2010 and sworn in that same month. Current Expiration Date – Aug. 31, 2020

Executive Committee, Vice Chair
Audit & ERM Committee

Barry M. Granger is the vice president for DuPont Government Marketing & Government Affairs, a company he has worked for since 1987. Prior to his arrival at DuPont, he held various positions with the Dow Chemical Company.

Mr. Granger holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University. He is a former board member of Salesianum High School of Wilmington and for the Eastern Seals of Delaware & Maryland. The DuPont executive is a resident of Bethesda, Md.

The board appointment of Mr. Granger fills the vacant board seat that was created by 2005 legislation that expanded the DSU Board of Trustees to 15 members.

John J. Allen, Jr.

John J. Allen, Jr.First appointed by the board in 2012 to succeed Dr. Richard Barros who stepped down from the board in mid-2012 due to term limits. Sworn in January 10, 2013.

Academic & Student Success Committee, Vice Chair

Mr. Allen is Delmarva Power’s vice president responsible for Kent and Sussex counties in Delaware as well as the counties of the Eastern Shore of Maryland since 2005.

An employee of Delmarva Power for 32 years, Mr. Allen’s background includes Customer Care Leadership, Organizational Training and Development, Training Instructional Design and Development, Human Performance Technology and Performance Improvement and holds industry certificates for Strategic Leadership. 

Mr. Allen attended Lincoln University and Southwest Bible College & Seminary and holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Theology.                                   

Mr. Allen is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society for Business, Management and Administration and is also a 2006 graduate of Leadership Maryland.

In civic and community service areas, Mr. Allen serves on the executive board of the Greater Salisbury (Md.) Committee, Salisbury Wicomico Economic Development, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore and the Maryland/D.C. Utilities Association. He also serves as a board member of Nanticoke Health Services, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Board of Visitors, the University System of Maryland Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lower Eastern Shore, as well as a member of the United Way of Delaware Kent & Sussex Advisory Council.

The Honorable Michael N. Castle

The Honorable Michael N. CastleFirst appointed by Gov. Jack Markell in mid-2012 to succeed Dr. Calvin T. Wilson whose six-year term expired.

Executive Committee

Mr. Castle is a former two-term Delaware governor (1985-1992) and a nine-term U.S. Congressman (1993-2011) representing the First State. He has also served as lieutenant governor (1981-1985), state senator (1968-1976) and state representative (1966-1967). During his state Senate years, he was the minority leader from 1975-1976. In total, Mr. Castle served as an elected public servant for 40 years.

As a Congressman, Mr. Castle served as the chair of the House Subcommittee on Education Reform, in which he played a major role in shaping the No Child Left Behind legislation signed into law by President George Bush. He also forged enacted legislation designed to improve the quality and relevance of education research through new standards of scientific rigor.

An attorney and member of the Delaware Bar and the Washington D.C. Bar, Mr. Castle is currently a partner of DLA Piper, a government affairs practice that maintains offices in Wilmington, New York City and Washington, D.C.  During his legal practice years, he was an associate attorney and later a partner of the Wilmington law firm of Connelly, Bove and Lodge from 1964-1975. He also served from 1965 to 1966 as a Delaware deputy attorney general.

Mr. Castle has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center of Washington, D.C.

He was born and raised in Wilmington, Del., where he currently lives with his wife Jane.

José F. Echeverri, MBA

José F. Echeverri, MBAFirst appointed February 2005

Innovation & Sustainability Committee

Mr. Echeverri has worked as a financial advisor for more than two decades for some of the best financial firms in the country, including Dean Witter, Merrill Lynch, and Legg Mason. He is currently president and founder of his own investment management firm, Echeverri Financial Services, which he has operated in Middletown and Dover, DE for over eight years.  

His team manages over $20 million in assets for over 250 clients. He also is Chairman of the Delaware College Investment Plan where he administers to 24,000 clients with over $340 million in assets. Mr. Echeverri specializes in retirement planning for individuals as well as small business owners. He is licensed as a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) and also has licenses in life and health insurance.

A 23-year retiree of the U.S. Air Force and the Delaware Air National Guard, Mr. Echeverri served as Chief of Operations for the 142nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron (AES) during his last 10 years of military service. He served as project officer to several Central and South American countries, and deployed for eight months to the desert during Operation Desert Shield/Storm where he served as duty control officer for the Aeromedical Evacuation Control Center. He was selected to the rank of Major in August 1999, but retired as a Captain.           

He has an MBA from Delaware State University, as well as a B.A. in Biology from the State University of New York in Plattsburg, N.Y. A native of Cali, Colombia, Mr. Echeverri moved permanently to the United States as a child in 1965.         

Mr. Echeverri is a past Assistant District Governor for the Camden-Wyoming Rotary, past member of the State of Delaware Governor’s Council on Hispanic Affairs, past president of the Delaware Latino Political Action Committee and the Reserve Officers Association. He currently serves as the V.P. and Board member of the Delaware Financial Literacy Institute, and is on the State of Delaware Judiciary Nominating Committee.         

In 2008, Mr. Echeverri was the first known board member to earn a MBA Degree from DSU while serving as an active member of the board.

He is a resident of Dover, DE.

Dr. Debbie Harrington

Dr. Debbie HarringtonSworn in on September 22, 2016

Executive Committee
Academic & Student Success Committee

Dr. Harrington – a native of Portsmouth, Va., and currently a resident of Middletown, Del. – has been appointed to a six-year term by the board to succeed former board member James Stewart, whose term expired Aug. 31.  

In her Army career, Dr. Harrington was an expert logistician with 25 years of experience in international multi-modal transportation systems and infrastructure, procurement, contracts, facility management and supply distribution.

After her retirement from the U.S. Army in 2005, Dr. Harrington worked in the areas of nonprofit organizational management, community development and social justice.

She has served the State of Delaware in several capacities. She served on a task force established by the state General Assembly to study education for students with visual impairments. She also works with the Delaware Department of Visual Impairment on education and employment initiatives and serves on its Rehabilitation Advisory Council.

Most recently, Dr. Harrington has worked with the Delaware Department of Education to strategically plan for the education of students with low-incidence disabilities. She also is an appointed commissioner and chairs the commission that administers the State Use Law.

She has managed the Sanctuary at Kingdom Square, a mega Baptist Church in Landover, Md., and the Resurrection Center churches in Wilmington and Middletown. At those churches, she has conducted capital planning and extensive outreach opportunities in education and economic empowerment.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Norfolk State University in Virginia, a Master of Science in  National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University, Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C., and a Doctor of Education in Innovation and Organizational Leadership from Wilmington University.

Lois M. Hobbs

Lois M. HobbsFirst appointed by Gov. Jack Markell on June 11, 2010. Reappointed in January 2017 for a six-year term.

Academic & Student Success Committee

Lois M. Hobbs has worked the last four years as an independent educational consultant. Prior to that from 1996-2006 she served as the superintendent of the Indian River School District, which serves 7,600 students in Sussex County. During her career, she has also been a regional administrator for the Charles County Public Schools and a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent for the Prince George’s County Public Schools.

Ms. Hobbs has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts in Elementary School Administration. She has served on the Governor’s Task Force on School Libraries and on the Lt. Governor’s Models of Excellence in Education Steering Committee. The former district superintendent is a resident of Fenwick Island, DE.

Charles McDowell, Esq.

Charles McDowell, Esq.First appointed by the Board in August 2006. Current Expiration Date – Aug. 31, 2018

Executive Committee
Operations Committee, chair

Mr. McDowell is a former partner and currently is of-counsel with Potter Anderson & Corroon, LLP. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of East Side Charter School and Charter School of New Castle and is a director of the Early College High School at Delaware State University and Zip Code Wilmington, Inc.

Mr. McDowell earned a BA in History from Princeton University in 1967 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Law School of the University of Virginia in 1974. 

Kathy McGuiness, RPh

Appointed by Gov. Jack Markell and sworn in on January 19, 2017

CommitteesKathy McGuiness
Innovation & Sustainability Committee
Operations Committee

Kathy McGuiness is a native Delawarean, born in Kent County and raised in Sussex County. Kathy earned a B.S. in Biology and a B.S. in Pharmacy. After earning her Pharmacy Degree, she returned home to Rehoboth Beach. In 2002, Kathy owned and operated Rehoboth Pharmacy. In 2003, she launched a retail store in Rehoboth.

Early on, Kathy learned the importance of public service and working with others to find new and innovative ways to make the entire community better. Kathy has volunteered thousands of hours for nonprofit boards and committees. While still owning and operating her pharmacy, Kathy was founding president of the national award-winning nonprofit, Rehoboth Beach Main Street. In 2001, her efforts were recognized by Governor Carper as Delaware’s “Tourism Person of the Year.” Thanks to her and her colleagues’ work, Rehoboth Beach and the surrounding communities have grown to be a year-round tourist destination.

Kathy McGuiness has served as a Rehoboth Beach Commissioner for 15 years. During her tenure, she pushed for the state to help fund a multi-million dollar streetscape aesthetics and infrastructure upgrade, which propelled Rehoboth Beach to a year-round economy and created retail, restaurant and construction jobs, helping to sustain the regional economy.

She is currently a board member for:

  • Meals on Wheels LR
  • CAMP Rehoboth
  • Delaware Motion Picture and Television Development Commission


  • Recipient of the 1997 Delaware Pharmacist’s Bowl of Hygeia award for outstanding community service
  • Recipient of the 1999 DE Business and Professional Women’s “Businesswoman of the Year”
  • Recipient of the 2001 “Delaware’s Tourism Person of the Year” under then-Governor Carper

Dr. Wilma Mishoe

Dr. Wilma MishoeAppointed by Gov. Jack Markell on June 11, 2015 for a six-year term that will expire on June 11, 2021.

Academic & Student Success Committee, Vice Chair

Dr. Mishoe succeeds former board member Bennie Smith.  Her appointment is a continuation of an impressive career in higher education, which most recently included providing critical leadership to Wilberforce University (WU) in Ohio, one of the oldest historically black universities in the country.

Dr. Mishoe has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology (1971) and a Master of Education degree in Student Personnel Administration, Guidance and Counseling (1972) both from Howard University in Washington, D.C.  She earned a Doctor of Education degree in Adult/Vocational Education (1994) from Temple University in Philadelphia.

In 2010, Dr. Mishoe retired from a 30-year career at Delaware Technical Community College, where she held a number of administrative leadership positions, including dean of the Office of Instruction and dean of Student Services, federal programs coordinator, and affirmative action officer.  From 1975-1980, she was the dean of students and director of Financial Aid at the then Wilmington College.

Dr. Mishoe was drawn out of retirement to serve on a Presidential Transition Team in October 2013 at Wilberforce University, where she was a member of its Board of Trustees since 2003.  That board later appointed her as the institution’s acting president, an interim leadership post she held until a permanent president was hired in October 2014.  She continued as a special assistant during the transition.

This appointment returns Dr. Mishoe to the campus where she grew up as a teen. She is the daughter of Dr. Luna I. Mishoe, president of then- Delaware State College form 1960-1987, and his wife, First Lady Hattie B. Mishoe.

A longtime resident of Dover, Dr. Mishoe was a member of the Capital School District Board of Education from 1994-1999, and its board president form August 1997 to July 1999. She has served on numerous state and local boards including the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities, the Delaware Foster Care Board, the Dover Housing Authority Board of Directors and many others.

She is currently serving a seven-year term as an appointee of the Delaware Public Integrity Commission; she was elected its chairwoman for a two-year term that ended in 2014. 

In 2013, Dr. Mishoe was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Delaware Women.

John Ridgeway

John RidgewaySworn in on June 16, 2016

Operations Committee, Vice Chair

Mr. Ridgeway is currently the corporate manager of Toyota’s Eastern Territory Service Center, which is based in Owings Mills, Md. Prior to arriving at Toyota in 2006, Mr. Ridgeway spent two years as a senior vice president of Customer Service and Support for Bank of America. He also previously held director posts for Sears, Roebuck and Co. All told, the DSU alumnus brings 24 years of corporate experience to the DSU board.

During his undergraduate years at then-Delaware State College, Mr. Ridgeway earned a B.A. in Business Administration.

Roy Roper

Roy RoperSworn in on March 24, 2016

Executive Committee
Audit & ERM Committee, Chair
Innovation & Sustainability Committee

Roy Roper, president and CEO of the Blood Bank of Delmarva (BBD), was appointed by Gov. Jack Markell.

He has been a part of the BBD since 2009 when he was first hired as its vice president of Administrative Services. He was elevated to president and CEO in January 2011.

Mr. Roper is responsible for an annual budget of $26 million, 170 full and part-time employees, and 100 volunteers who support collection, processing, and distribution over 100,000 blood and related products to hospitals serving the Delmarva region.

Prior to joining BBD, Mr. Roper was president of Roper Consulting Group (RCG), where he worked with a wide variety of organizations in the life sciences industry focusing on strategy and operational planning, customer growth and retention, operational efficiency, change and restructuring.  His consulting experience spans many functional areas including Commercial Operations, Research & Development, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, and Human Resources.

Mr. Roper was also employed by AstraZeneca as the director of Organizational Effectiveness for its U.S. operations.  Prior to AstraZeneca, he served as vice president of Business Development for a Wilmington, Del.-based technology start-up, and as a member of the Senior Management team, helped raise $20 million in venture capital funding.

In addition to his experience in the life sciences area, Mr. Roper spent 16 years in the managed care industry holding a number of key management and leadership roles.  At United Healthcare’s Behavioral Health unit he oversaw an Account Management organization, with annual revenue of $250 million and 14 locations across the U.S.

He also established a new Mid-Atlantic large employer medical benefits sales and service operation where he was responsible for annual revenues of $66 million.  Prior to United Healthcare, Mr. Roper spent eight years with CIGNA, where he held a number of operational roles in its Employee Benefits Claims division.

Mr. Roper has been an active volunteer with the Delaware YMCA where he served as Chair of its Resource Center branch, and also as a member of the YMCA statewide Association Board.  He has served as a Board Trustee for the National Blood Foundation (NBF), an Executive Committee member for the Blood Centers of America (BCA), and is former Board chairman for the Foundation for America’s Blood Centers (FABC).  Mr. Roper is also a member of the Rotary Club of Wilmington. 

Mr. Roper holds a Master’s degree in Organization Effectiveness from American University, has taught graduate level change management courses at Wilmington University and served as an Advisory Board member for the University of Delaware’s Masters in Organization Effectiveness and Change program. He has also been a personal mentor and supporter of student development at both the University of Delaware and Delaware State University.

Leroy A. Tice, Esq.

Leroy A. Tice, Esq.Appointed by Gov. Jack Markell in January 2010 to complete the term of Dr. Lillian Lowery, who resigned. Sworn in that same month.

Audit & ERM Committee, Vice Chair

Leroy A. Tice, is an attorney with his Wilmington firm of Leroy A. Tice, Esquire, P.A., a general litigation firm that focuses on personal injury, criminal defense, worker’s compensation and civil rights matters. Mr. Tice is a member of both the Delaware State Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association.

He is a member of the Delaware Bar Association’s Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section, the Delaware Trial Lawyers, as well as the National Employment Lawyers Association. He also serves as an outside counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and as a special hearing officer for the Prestige Academy, a Wilmington charter school.

He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Delaware State University and later earned a Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law.

He is a native of Milford, DE, a 1987 graduate of Milford High School and also a 2002 alumnus of DSU.

Mr. Tice was appointed to finish the six-year term of Dr. Lillian A. Lowery, who resigned from the board in January 2010. In completing Dr. Lowery’s term, Mr. Tice’s current appointment lasts until Oct. 17, 2020.

Mark A. Turner

Mark A. TurnerFirst appointed by the board in 2012 to fill a vacant seat that had not been filled since the 2005 enacted legislation that expanded the DSU Board of Trustees to 15 members. Sworn in January 10,2013.

Executive Committee

Mr. Turner has been president, CEO and director of WSFS Financial Corporation and WSFS Bank since 2007. Prior to that, Mr. Turner served as the chief operating officer and chief financial officer of WSFS. His career has also included posts at CoreStates Bank, Meridian Bancorp, as well as the international professional services firm of KPMG, LLP.

Mr. Turner has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and management from LaSalle University, a MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in executive leadership from the University of Nebraska.

An active leader in business, civic and community circles, Mr. Turner has served as board chairman of the Delaware Bankers Association, board vice chairman of the Delaware Business Roundtable, and as an executive committee member of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, just to name a few. He also has been a senior fundraiser for the Wilmington Grand Opera House, and is involved in fundraising for the University of Pennsylvania and the Boys and Girls Club.

Dr. Devona E. Williams

Dr. Devona E. WilliamsSworn in on March 1, 2012

Innovation & Sustainability Committee, Vice Chair

Dr. Devona E. Williams has over 25 years of experience in the fields of public policy, planning and public affairs with corporate, government and non-profit sectors.

She is the founder of Goeins-Williams Associates (GWA), a successful performance management consulting business designed to help organizations achieve greater productivity in strategic work environments. The list of GWA clients includes AstraZeneca, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Christina Health Systems, the DuPont Corporation, the State of Delaware, and many others.

Dr. Williams’ professional experience spans the administration of public programs, the management of corporate public relations, policy issues, strategic planning, organizational and executive leadership. Her experience also includes executive appointments with the DuPont Corporation, as well as service as a U.S. Presidential Intern with the Office of Management and Budget, NASA and the EPA.

She holds a Ph.D. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware, with specialization in social policy, program planning and analysis. Dr. Williams is a former assistant professor and instructor for the University of Delaware’s School of Urban Affairs.

She is a frequent keynote speaker on business, diversity, leadership, motivation and success. She is author of the new release, The Intentional Consultant: How to grow and sustain a consulting practice, and is a contributing author of the inspirational book Remarkable Women.