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People on the Move: Mar. 8

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People on the Move is a rundown of recent hirings, promotions, appointments and other notable movements by professionals in the state. If you’re interested in submitting an entry, please contact news@delawarebusinesstimes.com.

Liberian President Joseph Nyumah Boakai appointed Jarso Maley Jallah, the associate vice president of student success at Delaware State University, as the Minister of Education after the country’s cabinet confirmation.


“I stand before you as the nominated Minister of Education, deeply aware of the significant challenges and profound responsibilities that come with this role,” Jarso said. “Our nation’s education sector faces multifaceted challenges which (President Boakai’s) ARREST agenda – an acronym representing Agriculture, Roads, Rule of Law, Education, Sanitation, and Tourism – aims to address.”

After spending most of her youth years in Liberia, she came to the United States as a teenager and finished her secondary education at Hope High School in Providence, R.I. She then earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Sociology and a Master of Art in Counseling, both from Rhode Island College.

After holding leadership positions at the Community College of Rhode Island and the University of Rhode Island, she came to Delaware State University in 2012 to serve as its director of academic advisement for the then-College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology.

In 2016, she left DSU to be appointed by then-Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as the deputy director general for Training and Manpower Development at the Liberian Institute for Public Administration.

A change in presidential administration in Liberia two years later brought an end to that appointment, prompting her to return to the DSU, where she became the executive director of advisement for the Office of Student Success in 2019. Two years later she was promoted to associate vice president of student success.

“As the Associate Vice President for Student Success at Delaware State University, Jallah transformed the unit through her collaborative and transformative leadership. Her implementation of programs and processes to support students has set a new standard of excellence,” Clytrice Watson, associate provost of academic affairs, said. “We are proud to have had her as a member of the DSU community and look forward to seeing her continued success in her new role as the Minister of Education for the Republic of Liberia.”

Small Business Administration Administrator Isabel Casillas Guzman announced the National Small Business Week (NSBW) 2024 Award Winners including Delaware’s Small Business Person of the Year and other business owners, leading partners, and advocates.

Delaware’s Small Business Person of the Year is Amy Lord Hughes, owner of Lord’s Landscaping in Millville, Delaware.


“Our 2024 National Small Business Week award winners exemplify excellence, innovation, and commitment, and the SBA is proud to showcase their incredible achievements and impact on their communities and our economy,” Administrator Guzman said. “Under the Biden-Harris Administration, more Americans than ever before are pursuing the American dream of business ownership and able to access more opportunities, with historic investments in communities across America in local infrastructure, broadband, manufacturing, innovation, and clean energy. National Small Business Week is the nation’s opportunity to lift up the amazing entrepreneurs, small business advocates, local partners, advisors, lenders, and investors who support America’s entrepreneurial spirt and the historic Biden-Harris Small Business Boom.”

“Lord’s Landscaping is a great example of a local small business that is powering Delaware’s economy,” SBA Delaware Director Michelle Harris said. “Woman-owned firms employ more than 10 million Americans and add more than $2 trillion to America’s GDP each year, and Amy Lord Hughes is helping to lead the way.”


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