William Gehrlein

Professor Emeritus of Operations Management

Department: Business Administration
Campus Address: Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-2555


  • Ph.D. - Business Administration, The Pennsylvania State University, 1975.
  • M.S. - Physics, The Pennsylvania State University, 1972.
  • B.S. - Physics, Gannon College, Erie, Pennsylvania, 1968.
  • Curriculum vitae


  • "The Three-Permutations Problem," (with Peter C. Fishburn), Discrete Mathematics, Volume 79, 1990, 259-264.
  • Intransitive Preferences (Ed. William V. Gehrlein). Published by Baltzer Scientific Publishing for Annals of Operations Research, Volume 23, 1990.
  • Nontraditional Approaches to Statistical Classification and Regression (Eds: William V. Gehrlein and Bret J. Wagner). Published by Baltzer Scientific Publishers for Annals of Operations Research, Volume74, 1997.
  • Operations Management Cases, Published by McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2004, 160 pages.
  • Condorcet's Paradox, Published by Springer Publishing, 2006, 290 pages.
  • The Mathematics of Preference, Choice and Order: Essays in Honor of Peter C. Fishburn (Eds: Steven J. Brams, William V. Gehrlein and Fred S. Roberts). Published by Springer Publishing, 2009.
  • Voting Paradoxes and Group Coherence: The Condorcet Efficiency of Voting Rules (with Dominique Lepelley). Published by Springer Publishing, 2010, 400 pages.

Awards & Honors

  • Selected as a member of the Executive Council of the International Society for Social Choice and Welfare.
  • Member of the Journal Editorial Board of International Journal of Multiple Criteria Decision Making.
  • Served as a member of the Journal Editorial Board of Social Choice and Welfare, an international journal in the area of social choice, voting models and welfare economics.
  • Served as a member of the Board of Associate Editors for Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)Transactions.
  • Served on the Board of Directors of Northeast Decision Sciences Institute.
  • Elected to full membership in the Operations Research Society of America.
  • Selected as a member of the Executive Council of the International Society for Social Choice and Welfare.
  • Fellow of the University of Delaware Center for Advanced Study 1988-89.

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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