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Delaware's 1st Black Woman University President Selected

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LaVerne Harmon (Photo: Wilmington University) LaVerne Harmon (Photo: Wilmington University)

NEW CASTLE, Del. (WBOC/AP)- Wilmington University Executive Vice President Dr. LaVerne Harmon has been named the school's next president and will become the first black woman to lead a university in Delaware.
    
The university's board of trustees unanimously approved Harmon's selection on Sept. 22. She is slated to take the reins in July.

“Dr. Harmon has always shown great determination in all she has done and accomplished,” said the Honorable Joseph J. Farnan, Jr., chairman of the board of trusttees. “Her service and capabilities have steadily prepared her to be the next president of this university. The board’s unanimous approval of her reflects complete confidence in the wealth of experience and extraordinary skills she brings to the office of the president, the board and the university community. We look forward to her successful tenure.” 
    
Harmon has worked at the school since 1989. She earned her undergraduate degree at the university before getting her doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania.
    
She became Wilmington University's executive vice president in 2014.
    
Harmon says she is proud to have been selected and hopes she can blaze a trail for others to follow.

“I’m grateful for the board’s confidence and trust in me to lead the university into the next chapter of its history,” Harmon further said in a statement. “It will be my privilege to work collaboratively with our talented staff and faculty to provide educational opportunities and ensure personal growth for students.” 

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