Category: Parting Thoughts

William B. DeLauder, the president of Delaware State University between 1987 and 2003, died on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. He was 81. Dr. Tony Allen, the current provost of DSU, gave this eulogy for the beloved leader, honoring his achievements building the reputation of the school and making it a more robust institution and center…

Robert “Bob” Knoll was promoted to CEO of Speakman in December 2015, adding that title to the chief operating office role he’d had since April 2015 when he joined the New Castle-based leader in the manufacture of high-performance showerheads and plumbing fittings. Before his retirement late last year, Knoll was responsible for day-to-day corporate management,…

Paul Downes retired as President and CEO of Mountaire Farms in late 2018 after 40 years of service with the nation’s sixth-largest poultry company. Paul joined Mountaire in 1978 as a flock supervisor. He eventually would lead all of live operations, and in 2009 was named Chief Operating Officer. In 2010, Paul became President of…

By Peter Osborne DBT Editor David Sysko recently retired as executive director of the Laffey-McHugh Foundation after guiding the organization for 18 years and awarding $58 million to hundreds of nonprofits throughout Delaware. After retiring from the Private Clients Group at Kidder Peabody in New York, Sysko returned to Delaware. Longtime Delaware sports fans remember…