Meyer names UD professor and former judge to transition team


New Castle County executive-electMatt Meyer has named a University of Delaware professor with close ties to the start-up/technology community and a Wilmington attorney and former judge to chair his transition team.

Meyer also launched his transition website,, as he named Charles H. Toliver, IV and Dr. Dan Freeman as his transition co-chairs.

“Judge Toliver and Dr. Freeman are going to help us hire the best candidates, charter effective Advisory Committees, and ensure that we are ready to lead the county starting on January 3rd,” said Meyer.


Toliver isa partner with the law firm of Morris James LLP. Heis a former two-term Judge of the Delaware Superior Court, having been appointed in 1990 as an Associate Judge by Governor Michael N. Castle, and reappointed in 2002 in that capacity by Gov. Thomas R. Carper.

Toliver formerly served as Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Wilmington from 1975 to 1978. He is also a former Chairman of the Wilmington Housing Authority and has served as a member of the Delaware Public Employment Relations Board, the Delaware Violent Crimes Compensation Board, the Wilmington Pension Arbitration Board, and St. Anthony’s Community Center.

Dr. Freeman is founding Director of the Horn Program in Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of Delaware.

Freeman has led the development of new courses, degree programs and venture support offerings to provide entrepreneurial education opportunities to all University of Delaware students.

He also created the Diamond Challenge for High School Entrepreneurs, which was recently ranked as one of the top 20 international business competitions, and is on track to engage more than 2,000 students from 20 states and 25 countries this year.

Freeman serves as a co-founder of Start It Up Delaware and initiating active collaborations between the University and more than a dozen entrepreneurial support organizations.

He also has more than a decade of nonprofit board experience, including roles as Board President and Chair of several different committees.

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