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Dr. Lisa Dunning - Associate Vice President Academic Affairs | University College

During her 18-year career in higher education, Dr. Lisa Dunning has consistently demonstrated her passion and talent for facilitating students’ academic and professional development to embody the University’s mission.  She is an energetic educator with an exceptional ability to cultivate and maintain strong rapport with students and their families, staff and faculty, alumni, and community organizations and businesses.  Throughout her tenure at DSU, Dr. Dunning has taught a myriad of courses including International Management through the Disney International Exchange Program, Organizational Development & Change, Student Professional Development, and University Seminar.  Dr. Dunning holds a Doctor of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration, and Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification, and has taken a multitude of professional development trainings.

Dr. Cassandra Green - Assistant Vice-President University College

Dr. Cassandra Green enjoys teaching students how to “make the most of their mind” and discover their own metacognitive strategies that can enhance college reading, learning, and study. Dr. Green earned a BA in Psychology and a MA in Counseling, both from Indiana University of PA (IUP) and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Wilmington University (WU).

Tiffany Alexander - Academic Program Coordinator and Academic Advisor

Tiffany Alexander has a passion for retaining and graduating college students, which is illustrated in her work experience and educational background. As the Academic Program Coordinator for the University College, Ms. Alexander empowers students to obtain their educational and personal goals through academic advising and teaching, as well as organizes engaging educational workshops that are designed to enlighten and inspire students to succeed. Ms. Alexander graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies and a master’s degree in Higher Education and Counseling. 

Advisement Areas:  Pre-Education and Pre-Nursing

Contact Info:
Email:  talexander [at] desu.edu
Phone:  302-857-7646

Anthony A. Asti – Project Assistant

Anthony Asti possesses several years of higher education experience which began through serving multiple roles at the Delaware Technical Community College Terry Campus. Today, he assists with the daily operations of University College, and is currently focused on program development, specifically in the areas of student recruitment, retention, and professional development. Tony has a passion for developing new and exciting ways to enrich the student experience and making a positive impact on the future outcomes of their education. Born and raised in Dover, Delaware, Tony graduated from the University of Delaware with an Associate’s degree in University Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. He went on to attend Millersville University of Pennsylvania where he served as a graduate assistant, and graduated with a Master of Science degree in School Psychology.

Dianne Bogle - First-Year Retention Specialist and Academic Advisor

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Advisement Areas:  Accounting, Economics, Finance & Banking, Hospitality & Tourism, and Sports Management

Contact Info:
Email:  dbogle [at] desu.edu
Phone:  302-857-7252

Dr. Chester Boyd- Administrator for Academic Early Alert System (EAS) and Academic Advisor

Chester Boyd has dedicated 15 years of service to higher education and has worked in various capacities. Mr. Boyd is the administrator of the Academic Early Alert  System,  as well as an academic advisor for University College and an advisor for student organizations, such as Students Against a Godless Society (SAGS) and Campus Life youth.  Dr. Boyd completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Delaware State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Social Work.  In 2012, Dr. Boyd completed his course study a Doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration.

Advisement Areas:  Biology, Chemistry, Engineering/Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Sciences

Contact Info:
Email:  cboyd [at] desu.edu
Phone:  302-857-7226

Dr. Amystique Y. H. Church - Director of Operations, Testing Services and Programs

Amystique Y. H. Church oversees the daily operations of the Testing Center, including program planning for Testing Services and Programs (TSP), community relations/partnerships, test center vendors and contact person for state/national exams. Dr.  Church serves on the governing council of the National College Testing Association (NCTA) and the Delaware Liaison for Delmarva Testing Association (DTA).  Dr. Church is passionate about student success and helping students fulfill their purpose. She is also a student organization advisor for the Pinnacle Honor Society for Nontraditional students at DSU. Dr. Church has a B.A. in Public Relations and Mass Communications, M.A. in Adult Education and Basic Literacy, M.A. in Higher Education Leadership, Th.D./Ph.D. in Christian Curriculum Development and Instruction and Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration.

Anna Cortese – Director, Integrated Academic Support Services and Academic Advisor

Anna Cortese has demonstrated a passion for providing students with academic support in order for them to achieve their goal of college graduation. Throughout nearly 20 years in higher education, Ms. Cortese has coordinated many programs and has taught developmental math courses.  Ms. Cortese’s  primary role at Delaware State University is to support students with their academic needs by coordinating the Quantitative Reasoning Center (QRC), Tutorial Center, and Supplemental Instruction (SI) program – placing SI leaders in courses that are deemed “historically difficult” and providing tutors for various subjects including math.  Ms. Cortese has created the philosophy that SI and tutorial sessions are more than a “quick fix – give me the answer approach”.  The approach to sessions is a holistic one – to reinforce concepts learned in class, to develop note-taking/study skills and test-taking strategies, and to work with other students so that study groups are created.  Ms. Cortese also believes in helping SI leaders and tutors grow professionally by providing the tools through professional development workshops and training.  Ms. Cortese holds a Bachelor of Science from Seton Hall University and a Master of Science from Montclair State University– both in Mathematics Education.

Advisement Areas: Movement Sciences

Contact Info:
Email: acortese [at] desu.edu
Phone:  302-857-6387

Dawn Follin – Technical Coordinator and Academic Advisor

Dawn Follin is passionate about all aspects of technology and how we can use it to engage and motivate students.  Ms. Follin assists all University College staff and instructors in the utilization and application of instructional and office technologies.  Ms. Follin also assists University College students with the use of the Blackboard Learning Management System.  Ms. Follin has over 13 years of experience in various instructional technologies, instructional design, and gamification.  She currently holds a BS degree in Computer Information Systems from Strayer University and a MEd degree in Educational Technology from Wilmington University. She is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and holds two Microsoft Office Specialist Certifications.

Advisement Areas:  Social Work

Contact Info:
Email:  dfollin [at] desu.edu
Phone:  302-857-6385

Ann Knettler-Smith – Student Accessibility Services Coordinator

As a member of the Association for Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), Ann currently serves on the Standing Committee for Professional Development and represents the association as a member of the Board of Directors for the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS).  She has been in the Disability Services field for over 10 years and is an experienced presenter and educator.  Her passions include student empowerment, education, online accessibility, fostering inclusion and collaboration, the college to career transition for students with disabilities, and promoting a campus culture that embraces disability as another aspect of diversity.  Ann received a Masters of Arts in Counseling in Higher Education with an emphasis in Mental Health from the University of Delaware.  

Contact Info:

Email:  aksmith [at] desu.edu
Phone:  302-857-6898

Gloria Knowles - Academic Advisor

Gloria Knowles is a first-year academic advisor to Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Mass Communications students.  She enjoys being committed to guiding and supporting her advisees as they eagerly progress through stages of detaching from their past, adapting to their present, and embracing their future. 

Ms. Knowles is an alumna of Delaware State University with an earned dual degree in Business Administration and Marketing.  She furthered her education at Wilmington University where she earned her Master’s degree in Business Administration.

Advisement Areas:  Criminology, Mass Communications, and Sociology

Contact Info:
Email: gknowles [at] desu.edu
Phone:  302-857-6334

Shanita Leanier – Assistant Director, Integrated Academic Support Services and Writing Studio Coordinator

Shanita Leanier is a proud alumna of Delaware State University’s Class of 2005. She earned her B.A. in English Education and her M.A. in English from Hardin-Simmons University. Ms. Leanier spent several years teaching English Language Arts to high school students before beginning her career in higher education.  At Delaware State University, Ms. Leanier currently recruits, hires and trains quality Writing Consultants to act as peer tutors for DSU students; creates academic programs that contain writing focus; markets and advertises the Writing Studio’s programs to the DSU community; analyzes quality assurance data for the Writing Studio, as well as teaches developmental courses to first-year students.

Advisement Areas:  College of Agriculture & Related Sciences

Contact Info:
Email:  sleanier [at] desu.edu
Phone:  302-857-7539

Sonya McCray - College Success Specialist

Sonya McCray is an education enthusiast who inspires students to reach their maximum potential in academics and life. As a College Success Specialist, Mrs. McCray redirects students on academic probation toward greater productivity through collective instruction and one-on-one guidance.  She is also an Adjunct English Instructor and an entrepreneur with a B.A. in English from James Madison University and a M.Ed. from Wilmington University. 

Contact Info:

Email:  smccray [at] desu.edu
Phone:  302-857-6643

Jill McKinney - College Success Specialist

Jill McKinney is a graduate of the University of South Carolina where she earned a B.A. in Sociology. She continues to be a loyal Gamecock fan and is an active volunteer with The George Rogers Foundation of the Carolinas, the primary function of which is to raise scholarship funds for first-generation college students that reside in North and South Carolina. Later, Ms. McKinney attended Delaware State University to complete required courses for Mathematics Teacher Certification and subsequently earned a Master of Education in Educational Technology from Wilmington University.  A newly retired Delaware Department of Education Liaison, Ms. McKinney has also been an adjunct at DSU for over 8 years.  Presently, as a DSU College Success Specialist, Ms. McKinney  teaches  the course  “Learning Strategies for Academic Success” and is eager to mentor and advise students as needed to encourage each one to achieve his or her goals.

Contact Info:

Email:  jmckinney [at] desu.edu
Phone:  302-857-7010

Dr. Cindy Seto-Friel – Academic Advisor

Cindy Seto-Friel has worked in higher education for over 10 years.  Her primary role at DSU is to help students on academic probation return to good academic standing.  She also teaches courses and advises students at DSU.  Dr. Friel earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master’s in Regional and Community Planning from Kansas State University and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Wilmington University.

Advisement Areas:  Aviation, Human Resources, Management Information Systems, and Marketing

Contact Info:
Email:  cfriel [at] desu.edu
Phone:  302-857-7840

Bruce Taylor - Testing Specialist for Testing Services and Programs

Bruce Taylor is a proud Hornet who has earned both a B.A. in Music and M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction. Bruce serves as the proctor in the DSU testing lab and mobile testing sites and believes in providing quality customer service to internal and external customers.