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DE222 Honoree: LaVerne Harmon

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Title: President

LaVerne Harmon | DBT PHOTO BY JACOB OWENS

Workplace: Wilmington University

Alma Maters: Wilmington University, University of Pennsylvania

Boards: Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, Boys & Girls Club of Delaware, American Council on Education: Office of Women in Higher Education Delaware Network

In 2017, LaVerne Harmon became president of Wilmington University after decades of service to the school, holding major roles in the university’s internal operations like director of human resources, director of student affairs and alumni relations and vice president of student affairs. She was the first woman of color to lead a university in Delaware history. During her tenure she established the University’s Leadership Institute, established its offices of Student Affairs and Disability Services, and advanced the University’s athletics from NAIA to NCAA Division II. In 2022, she also launched the School of Law, the university’s biggest program addition in its history.

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