Dr. Wydner, Superintendent Lake Forrest School District
I attended Delaware State University from July 2008 through May 2012 and have been employed in education for 28 years. I have been with the Lake Forest School District since July 2005. I have been the Superintendent for the Lake Forest School District since August 17, 2015. Prior to becoming the Superintendent, I was the Principal of Lake Forest North Elementary School for eight years and the Chief Academic Officer for two years. I was previously employed with the Wicomico County School District in Salisbury, Maryland from August 1994 - June 2005 as a teacher, assistant principal and principal. In addition, I taught at Cumberland Regional High School in Seabrook, New Jersey for three years. I received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Rutgers University, a Master in Education Degree from Salisbury State University and a Doctor of Education Degree from Delaware State University. While completing my doctorate, I had the opportunity to network with numerous students in in various occupations and regions. In addition, I had the opportunity to work with several professors that are still a part of the Hornet family. These networks have afforded me the opportunity to be a presenter for current doctoral classes, serve as a site supervisor for a doctoral student completing an internship and become an adjunct professor. I enjoy seeing students excel academically and in extracurricular activities. I encourage staff and students to never settle for less than the best!
Dr. Clifton Gilchrist
As an educator and a graduate student, I realized the importance of how an educational Leadership program could benefit my career and my current employment status. After carefully evaluating many doctoral educational leadership programs, I decided on Delaware State University because of the program’s schedule, its format and the cost for the entire educational program. My overall impression of the professors is positive and friendly. Professors are always available, and accommodating to individual candidate’s educational needs as graduate students. DSU’s campus is appealing with new buildings and other innovative programs to more students both undergraduates and graduates.
Throughout my graduate tenure, the experience has been progressive and truly has provided an extensive leadership perspective of understanding the worldview regarding distributed leadership practices and school reform initiatives that will improve student performance in middle-level education.
Delaware State University’s educational leadership program is the primary reason for helping me emerge as a successful educator. As a graduate student in the educational leadership program, I have increased my knowledge-based that could be applied in school settings throughout this country. I am confident that I can apply my leadership skills and knowledge in several employment settings and succeed as an educational leader.
Since I have completed the required credit hours in Delaware State University’s Educational Leadership Program, I have received numerous benefits that include an increase in salary, multiple job offers and more responsibilities which led to other employment opportunities.
Dr. David Carter
My experience in the Delaware State University graduate program was exhilarating. The graduate program provided exposure to knowledgeable professors and peers and it broadened my pedagogical toolbox and perspective on educational leadership. The program enabled me to reach several of my goals, as I have successfully earned my Masters and Doctorate in Educational Leadership and I am currently on mu eighth year as a High School Administrator and my third year as an adjunct professor.
Dr. Corbett Jessilene
“Legacy is not leaving something for people, it’s leaving something in people,” Peter Strople.
My experience at Delaware State University allowed me to walk in the footsteps of greatness to complete an amazing journey of Education, Friendship and Mentorship.
Dr. Eric Pugh
Being a member of the Delaware State University Doctorate of Education program gave me skills to create with and to act on the world… through assignments like research projects and collaborating with cohort members was learning how to marshal evidence and frame an argument. These skills played out again and again on different topics and in different settings, leading to the ability to write a research paper and a dissertation. All of the sacrifice helped me develop a sense of myself as knowledgeable and capable of using what I know. The education that Delaware State University gave me the competence and confidence to independently seek out information and make decisions, to advocate for myself, to probe political issues, to resist simple answers to messy social problems, to assume that I could figure things out and act on what I learned. In a sense, this was the best training I could have gotten for vocation and citizenship. Currently, I am a School Counselor in the Red Clay School District, who is aspiring to become an administrator in the near future.
Being a graduate of Delaware State University’s Educational Leadership program has afforded me opportunities I wouldn’t have had otherwise…such as being a part of developing a college-wide sexual assault climate survey to address a national call to action to better the lives for college students nationwide. I thoroughly appreciate the guidance I received to research such an important and timely topic necessary to strengthen the values of our state and nation.