UD’s new School of Public Policy named in honor of Biden


University of Delaware President Dennis Assanis announced the establishment of theJoseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration at the semiannual meeting of UD’s Board of Trustees.

Assanis welcomed the former vice president to address the Board, School of Public Policy and Administration faculty members and students and others at the meeting.

Biden earned his bachelor’s degree from UD in 1965 before embarking on a 36-year career as a U.S. senator and eight years as the 47th vice president of the United States. He said he was grateful to Assanis and the trustees and honored to have his name grace one of UD’s esteemed academic programs.

The Biden School is the second entity at UD to take on the former vice president’s name. In 2017, Biden launched the University of Delaware’s Biden Institute, a research and policy center focusing on solutions to issues ranging from economic reform and environmental sustainability to civil rights, criminal justice, women’s rights and more. The Biden Institute will continue to be part of the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration.

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