Dr. LaVerne Harmon became President of Wilmington University in July of 2017 after being unanimously approved by its Board of Trustees. She is the first African-American woman to be named the president of a college or university in Delaware. Dr. Harmon holds a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

She has led the university through the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring a seamless transition from in-person to remote instruction to safeguard academic integrity for over 20,000 students. While overseeing a predominantly remote workforce, Dr. Harmon convened a Response Planning Committee to develop a preparation strategy to maintain smooth operations throughout the unprecedented crisis.

Dr. Harmon began working at Wilmington University (then college) in 1989 and held numerous positions while earning undergraduate and graduate degrees from Wilmington University.

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