Patrick Harker

Stony Brook University

NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Stony Brook University provost and senior vice president for academic affairs Dennis Assanis has been named president of the University of Delaware.

University trustees unanimously approved the appointment Wednesday following the unanimous recommendation of a 15-member search committee.

Assanis succeeds Patrick Harker, who resigned earlier this year to become president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

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There’s some disagreement over the type of successor the University of Delaware should hire to replace former University president Patrick Harker.

Jeff Garland, university vice president and secretary with the Board of Trustees, said they were looking for someone to follow in his footsteps.

But there has been some push back from university professors who charged that Harker put too much emphasis on science and engineering programs at the expense of other departments.

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In a surprise move Patrick Harker is leaving his job as president of the University of Delaware.

He is moving on to a 10 year appoint with the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank which helps formulate monetary policy for the country.

Harker wrote that he is leaving with mixed-emotions and said it had been an honor serving the University system over the last eight years.

And Gilchrist Sparks III, chairman of the UD Board of Trustees, said that Harker had left the University in a stronger position.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - A union representing professors is criticizing the University of Delaware president after he wrote an opinion piece saying smart students are looking for alternatives online and that faculty should lose some autonomy in course design.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the union is calling University President Patrick Harker's statements an affront to the university's educational mission and values.

Don Rush

There will be another increase in tuition this fall for students at the University of Delaware.

But for in-state undergraduate students…the hike of 3.7 percent or around $430 will be the lowest in a decade.

Last year the increase amounted for 4.4 percent.

Out-of-state students will see an increase of $1,150.

UD President Patrick Harker said the university was trying to keep higher education affordable for in-state students.