In May of 1993 President DeLauder's administration submitted to the Delaware Legislature a document to request a name change from "college" to "university." The request inspired Senate Bill 138 which was sponsored by Senator Herman M. Holloway Sr. The bill passed unanimously in the Senate and House, and by July 1, 1993 Governor Thomas R. Carper signed the bill into law.
In the twenty-five years since our name change, the university has continued to grow tremendously. By comparison, the fall 1993 enrollment was 3,301 and in 2017 the enrollment was 4.648. In 1993 the college had 178 faculty members, of whom 61% held doctorates. Today the university has 212 faculty members and 89% hold doctorates. In terms of infrastructure the campus grew from 21 buildings to 33 and today comprises 3 campuses. Lastly, in twenty-five years we grew from having no doctoral programs to five!
In short, remarkable achievements have been accomplished in such a brief time. As we embark on a new presidency under Dr. Wilma Mishoe, I look forward to seeing how much further this university will go.
To read the university's statement on our anniversary, check out this article: https://www.desu.edu/news/2018/07/25-years-ago-delaware-state-college-became-delaware-state-university