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DE222 Honoree: Dennis Assanis

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Title: President

Dennis Assanis

Workplace: University of Delaware

Alma Maters: Newcastle University (UK), Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Boards: President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, National Commission on Innovation and Competitiveness Frontier

Q&A: What’s your favorite thing about Delaware? “Delaware’s culture of innovation and entrepreneurship – often fueled by the big ideas and groundbreaking research that emerge from the University of Delaware – is one of the state’s most valuable assets.”

Dennis Assanis was selected as the 28th president of the state’s flagship university in 2016, coming from Stony Brook University in New York. Since then, Assanis has led a campaign of enrollment growth, especially among minority students, and capital investment, including building new residence halls, labs and athletic centers while upgrading the school’s football stadium. Development of the STAR Campus has also steadily increased with the addition of the Chemours Discovery Lab, UD’s College of Health Sciences STAR Tower and the FinTech Center among other projects. He’s already received a contract extension through 2026.

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