By June 30, 2021 Delaware State University will have fully acquired Wesley College. DSU currently consists of 104 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs; and will now add Wesley College to it’s list of centers for learning that includes the Early College High School and the Early Childhood Laboratory School.
“Today is a new day for higher education in Delaware,” said U.S. Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester. Further, she commented that “Wesley College has carved out a critical and unique role in our State’s education landscape over nearly 150 years, combining instruction of hands-on skills with the teaching of interdisciplinary values.”
Ms. Rochester expressed that “with today’s acquisition, Delaware State University and Dr. Tony Allen continue their mission of creating and expanding programs that will prepare students for the future of our economy.”
Not only is this an important moment in history for Delaware State University, but it is significant for HBCUs across the nation. “This is an unprecedented landmark in the long history of HBCUs. No HBCU has ever acquired a non-HBCU institution before, but I am not surprised that Delaware State University is leading the way.” says Dr. Harry Williams, CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and former President of Delaware State University.
Over the recent years, Wesley College has faced financial pitfalls that were emphasized when the current pandemic and approaching school year overlapped. Being acquired by the University will not only aid in the minimization of Wesley College’s financial issues, but will expand the opportunities presented to Delaware residents being that Wesley’s campus is placed in downtown Dover, observed Presidents Allen and Clark.
Delaware State University and Wesley College combining will present a more diverse academic environment for the students.