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DE222 Honoree: Tony Allen

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Tony Allen

Workplace: Delaware State University

Alma Maters: University of Delaware, Baruch College, City University of New York

Boards: President Biden’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges & Universities, Graham Holdings, Pepco Holdings, The Laffey McHugh Foundation, The Pete du Pont Freedom Foundation

Q&A: What was your first job? “Accidental death and dismemberment insurance sales representative.”

Tony Allen is the president of the nation’s most diverse contemporary HBCU, Delaware State University, where he has overseen dramatic enrollment growth, the acquisition of the former Wesley College, and the addition or expansion of numerous programs. Prior to joining Delaware State, Allen had a successful career in communications in the financial services sector, including executive roles at MBNA and Bank of America. He started his career as speechwriter for then-Sen. Joe Biden and in 2020 was named CEO for President Biden’s Inauguration. In 2021, he was appointed to the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities as chair.

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