Center for Economic Education & Entrepreneurship

Delaware Council on Economic Education


The mission of the Delaware Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship is to promote better understanding of the role of economics, including entrepreneurship and financial education, in society to students throughout the state in the elementary and secondary grades.  This is done by providing instruction in economic principles and teaching strategies to prospective teachers at the undergraduate and graduate level.  In addition, ongoing reinforcement and enrichment courses for teachers previously trained are offered.

It is the Council's intent to maintain its current strength and continue to consider cooperative undertakings with other organizations to promote better understanding of the rapidly changing competitive environment.  The ever changing global economy will require the development of programs incorporating the dramatic changes in Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Asia.  The Council also intends to help develop programs to broaden the teacher participation base and to improve teaching strategies that will respond to the needs of all students.

2014 Board of Directors

Bo Backerman, Bridgeforce

Francis O. Biondi, Esq.

John R. Cochran

J. Brinton Detwiler, Barnstone Advisors, LLC

Frank T. Dougherty, SSS Clutch Company, Inc.

Jim Godfrey, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Maryland & Delaware

Donna H. Grier, DuPont

Terri Hasson, Regional Director Community Development

David Hargadon, TD Bank

Sally Hawkins

John Himes

Rep. Gregory F. Lavelle, Puglisi and Associates

Hugh D. Leahy, Jr.

David F. Lyons, Sr. DCEE Chairperson, Lyons Companies

Governor Jack Markell, State of Delaware

Nicholas M. Marsini, Jr., The PNC Financial Services Group

Ian R. McConnel, Department of Justice

Connie Montaña, Bank of America

James B. O'Neill, DCEE President & Secretary, University of Delaware

Munish Pahwa, Bank of America Card Services

Donald Puglisi, DCEE Treasurer, Puglisi and Associates

Jean Rosenbaum

James J. Seuffert

Judge Brendan L. Shannon, United States Bankruptcy Court

Gilbert H. Smith, Jr.

Helen Stewart, JPMorgan Chase

Robert Strong, Department of Labor

Clinton Tymes

Samuel L. Waltz, Jr., APR, Counselor to Leaders ™, Sam Waltz & Associates Counsel

Kevin A. Worsh, BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Richard M. Wright, WSFS Bank

Joseph L. Yacyshyn, M&T Bank

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.4 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Fund, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Lerner College faculty - like Anu Sivaraman, who is among Social Media Marketing Magazine’s “Top 100 Marketing Professors on Twitter” and’s “Top 50 Marketing Professors on Twitter” - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

All Lerner College departments offer experience-driven learning and emphasize evidence-based analytics methods to enrich the student experience. Here, finance students visit New York City’s financial districts for a first-hand look at markets trading and to meet with UD alumni.

Charles W. Horn, AS75, and wife Patricia, recently made a $3 million commitment to enhance and expand entrepreneurial studies.

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