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VP Biden praises new University of Delaware president, shares how UD impacted him

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The University of Delaware celebrated the inauguration of its 28th president Wednesday at the Thompson Theatre of the Roselle Center for the Arts in Newark.

The UD Board of Trustees elected Dr. Dennis Assanis to the position of university president in November of last year. He took office June 6, 2016.

UD Alumnus Vice President Joe Biden praised Assanis.

“Welcome to my Alma Mater,” said Biden. “We’re expecting a whole lot from you, because we know you’re capable of a whole lot more. I don’t think our university could be in any better hands than yours.”

Biden also spoke about how the university impacted him when he was a student.

“This place did more than educate me. It helped me make sense of the chaos that surrounded the time that I graduated,” said Biden. “The year I graduated, 1965, and then 1968 from law school, were considerably more chaotic, considerably more contentious, considerably more divisive than anything that exists today. This institution prepared me to help lead the change that was taking place all across America.” Read more on WDEL.

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The University of Delaware offers premier academic programs focusing on the most compelling challenges of our time. Our courses are taught by distinguished faculty at UD’s campuses in Delaware and in study-abroad programs in over 35 countries.

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