President’s Message

Welcome to the 2019-2020 academic year!       

The mission of the Delaware ACE Women’s Network (DAWN) is to promote the advancement of women in higher education. Our National American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Network’s mission is to develop programs that identify, develop, encourage, advance, link, and support (IDEALS) women in higher education careers within the state.

Clearly, Delaware has taken these charges seriously. We now have three female college presidents! In 2017, Dr. LaVerne Harmon became President of Wilmington University and the First African American Female to hold such a position in the state. In 2018, Dr. Wilma Mishoe became the First Female President of Delaware State University, and in 2019, Dr. Colleen Keith Perry became the First Female President of Goldey-Beacom College.

As active participants of both the local and the National ACE Women’s Network, our college presidents support programs and opportunities that promote IDEALS within our institutions. As we head into 2020, we hope to do the same by coordinating campus events, acknowledging women at every level, and providing additional professional development opportunities.

This message cannot end without offering a sincere thank you to Past President, Jessica Fehnel. Jessica embodies the core values of DAWN while leading with compassion and grace. Under Jessica’s leadership, she began a new signature kick-off event “Dusk at Dawn” that allows new and returning members a chance to network and hear about upcoming events and ways to get involved. In addition, to foster fiscal responsibility, Jessica moved our Spring Leadership Summit to our local campuses. Again, thank you Jessica for all that you have done and continue to do for DAWN!

This year we are excited to welcome Dr. Lawita G. Cheatham-Hemphill, Project Director, FITW/Access to Success Project (A2S) Delaware State University as DAWN Vice President.

As you can see, there is a lot to be excited about in Delaware!

We look forward to you returning or becoming a member of DAWN!


Regina A. Sharpe, Ed.D

DAWN President