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 $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, 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 Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

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