DAWN Visionaries


–Margaret Thatcher

As women in higher education, we bring insight, innovation, and resourcefulness to everything we do. No matter our title or role, our achievements are significant and worthy of celebration.

Recognizing this, DAWN will identify women Visionaries from our institutions who are doing great things in their communities, families, and careers, and highlight their accomplishments as forward thinkers and luminaries.

2019-2020 Visionaries

JOHANNA BISHOP, Ed. D., CPT, Wilmington University, Director of Behavioral Science Programs

What inspires you?

BISHOP: I am inspired by my students and the people I meet every day. I am inspired by people who are able to give so much of themselves and yet never ask for any credit. This world is full of unsung heroes who go to work each day to do their jobs and through their smiles and their kindness and actions toward others just make this world a better place. I am inspired by the small acts of everyday people living ordinary (but somehow ‘extra-ordinary’) lives. READ MORE.

ERIN DALY, Delaware Law School Professor of Law and the Co-Founder of the Dignity Rights Project

Tell us about your most difficult challenge as a leader in higher education and/or as an advocate for dignity rights and how you overcame it.
DALY: I’ve been fortunate to have three careers at Delaware Law School – as a teacher, as an administrator and dean during a pivotal time for the school, and as a scholar and advocate for the right to human dignity. In all of these, the biggest challenge is to be clear about your purpose or purposes. READ MORE

DR. SAUNDRA F. DELAUDER, Vice Provost and Professor of Chemistry at Delaware State University

What makes a great leader?

Attributes that I believe make a great leader include the following: (1) Great leaders are knowledgeable of area(s) or units that he/she is charged with leading; (2) Great leaders are capable of articulating a vision that inspires and engages their stakeholders around a common set of goals/strategies; (3) Great leaders provide clear and consistent expectations to the unit or area that he/she is charged with leading; (4) Great leaders establish trust and are accountable to the team that he/she is charged with leading; (5) Great leaders provide his/her unit or team members with support and opportunities for professional growth. READ MORE.

DR. VICTORIA NEAGOE, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Business, Goldey-Beacom College

What inspires you?

The driving force of my professional life is my fascination with the perfection of mathematics. This captivation has always been evident in my research as well as my teaching. Continued advances in mathematics and applications to all areas of life still amaze me even today. I am content when my students leave the fear of math behind and start seeing its beauty and complexity. READ MORE.