Allen L. Sessoms



B.S. Mathematics, Union College 1968; M.S. Physics University of Washington 1969

Doctor of Science Degree in Physics at Yale University in 1972.

President of Delaware State University

He moved on to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico where he held the post of minister-counselor of Political Affairs from 1989-91, and then was elevated to deputy chief minister of missions (deputy ambassador) from 1991-93. In the latter post, he managed the largest U.S. diplomatic mission in the world and coordinated the implementation of all U.S. policies pertaining to Mexico. In addition to his native English, Dr. Sessoms also speaks Spanish, French, and German.

Dr. Sessoms served 12 years for the U.S. State Department. He served as a senior technical advisor for the department's Bureau of Oceans & International Environmental and Scientific Affairs in Washington D.C. from 1980-82; and from 1982-87 he was the director of the bureau's Office of Technology & Safeguards. From 1987-89, he served as a counselor for Scientific and Technological Affairs in the U.S. Embassy, Paris, France.

From 1993-95 he served as an executive vice president and from 1994-95 as vice president of Academic Affairs at the University of Massachusetts, a five-campus, 60,000-student university system.

He also served as president of Queens College, which is part of the City University of New York, from 1995-2000. Under his leadership, the academic standards were raised for both students and faculty, annual alumni giving tripled, and $160 million in building renovations and construction took place. Also during his presidency, the college established major international programs with Latin American, Europe, China, and Japan. There was considerab;e cntention and debate at Queens College over the lack of funding for an AIDS center.

serving at Harvard University as a fellow and lecturer of Public Policy at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in the institution's John F. Kennedy School of Government from 2000-2003. At Belfer, Dr. Sessoms taught on Mexico and led research on international relations, national security, science and technology, and energy research and development.

the ninth president of Delaware State University



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