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William DeLauder

William DeLauder was appointed as Executive Director to the Commission on the Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowship Program on December 6, 2004. The 17-member bipartisan commission, appointed by the President and the leadership of the Congress, has the charge to establish a program to greatly increase the number of US college students who study abroad, especially in developing countries.
On July 1, 2003, Dr. DeLauder retired after serving sixteen years as President of Delaware State University. During his tenure on the Dover campus, Dr. DeLauder centered his efforts on quality academic programs and enhancement of the institution’s growth and development.
Before his appointment at Delaware State University, Dr. DeLauder was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. Prior to his appointment as Dean in 1981, he served as professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry at N.C. A&T. Dr. DeLauder served as an officer (highest rank was Captain) in the U.S. Army for about four and one-half years.
Dr. DeLauder is a member of the Board for International Food and Agriculture Development (BIFAD), the Executive Committee of the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, the Board of the American Farmland Trust the Senior Council of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, the Executive Committee of the Grand Opera House, the Board of Directors of United Way of Delaware, and numerous other civic and social organizations.
Dr. DeLauder previously served on the North Carolina Board of Science and Technology; the MARC Review Committee and the National Advisory Council of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of NIH; the Board on Agriculture of the National Research Council, the Board of Directors of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC); the Board of Directors of the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA); member, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (served two years as chair), the USDA/1890 Task Force (served as chair for several years), and has been a member of numerous other committees or commissions of higher education associations.
In March 1994, Dr. DeLauder was the recipient of the Thurgood Marshall Award for outstanding contributions to the higher education of African Americans. The editors of Jet and Ebony Magazines presented this award at a nationally televised Black Achievement Award Program. In 1995, the Delaware Chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews honored him. In 1999, he was awarded the Educational Leadership Award of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund. Governor Ruth Ann Minner (State of Delaware) presented Dr. DeLauder with the Order of the First State Award on November 22, 2002. He was awarded the Wesley Medal by Wesley College in Dover in May 2005. He has honorary doctorate degrees from Kent State University and the University of Delaware, and numerous other awards and honors.
Dr. DeLauder earned the BS degree in chemistry from Morgan State College (now University) and the Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry from Wayne State University. He did post-doctorate research in physical biochemistry at Centre de
Biophysique Moleculaire du C.N.R.S. in Orleans-La Source, France.
He is married to Vermell Faulk DeLauder and has two children and three granddaughters.