A New Dean

Dr. Doreen Turnbo Becomes the new Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences welcomed Dr. Doreen Turnbo as its new Dean on March 1, 2011. Dr. Turnbo, formerly the Director of Academic Advising, has been with the University for more than 15 years; this move brings her full circle as she returns to head the College where she began her career, as an adjunct professor teaching both science and advanced communication, many years ago.

Dr. Doreen Turnbo

Dr. Doreen Turnbo

“I realize that the College of Arts and Sciences has the tremendous responsibility of supporting all the undergraduate degree programs offered by Wilmington University,” said Dr. Turnbo, “but I am fortunate to be working with an amazing group of full-time and adjunct faculty who are committed to finding unique and creative ways to enhance student learning. I am excited about where we will go from here!”

The College is grateful to Dr. Johanna Adams, who served as Dean from 2007 to 2011, and wishes her much success in her new position as New Jersey Liaison. The growing Burlington, Cumberland, Salem, and the new McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst sites will benefit from her years of experience with Wilmington University.

After earning her bachelor's degree in Biology from Delaware State University, Dr. Turnbo taught high school science for several years. During that time she received a DuPont Fellow award, allowing her to work for three years at the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Water Resources office, writing educational curricula and providing instructional support to science teachers statewide. She earned her Master of Education in School Leadership and Instruction from Wilmington University as well as her Doctorate of Education in Innovation and Leadership. Her dissertation focused on applying a new model in academic advising designed to increase student support and retention.

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