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UD Announces Interim President, New President Search Committee Appointed

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Nancy Targett (Photo: University of Delaware) Nancy Targett (Photo: University of Delaware)
NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Trustees of the University of Delaware have appointed a search committee to identify a successor to outgoing president Patrick Harker.

Officials also said Friday that Nancy Targett, dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, will serve as interim president after Harker resigns July 1 to become president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

Current UD President Patrick T. Harker announced March 2 that he will step down June 30 to become president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.  

"I am grateful to Dean Targett for agreeing to take on this important leadership role," Board Chairman Gil Sparks said. "She has the experience, vision and commitment to lead UD as the search committee completes its important work. Over the next three and a half months, she will be working closely with President Harker to ensure a smooth transition in the administration." 

"Having dedicated more than 30 years of my professional life to the University of Delaware, I am honored to serve as interim president," Targett said. "I look forward to working closely with the students, faculty and staff to build on the accomplishments of President Harker's tenure and to prepare the way for the next president."

Targett, who lives in Sussex County, has been a member of the UD faculty since 1984 and a dean since 2005, according to the university.

Gov. Jack Markell said Targett, who served on his transition team when he was first elected governor, is an excellent choice to lead UD during its transition.

"She is recognized and respected nationally as an expert in her field, but more importantly, she has developed a reputation in Delaware as a dedicated leader, with a deep understanding of the important link between the University and the state. I look forward to working with her in her new role," said Gov. Markell.

Speaking about the Presidential Search Committee, Sparks said, "Our diverse 15-member search committee, cochaired by trustees Terri Kelly and Don Puglisi, includes representatives from key University constituencies, including the board, faculty, staff, students, parents and alumni. Together they bring to this critical task a deep knowledge of the University, an understanding of the world of higher education and a keen insight into the essentials of presidential leadership."

"Though diverse in their association to the University, they share a unified focus in selecting a president who will build on the tremendous progress achieved during President Harker's tenure, which helped to strengthen Delaware's economy and grow our workforce. I am confident the committee will be successful in achieving this goal," said Gov. Markell.
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