BiographyDavid P. Roselle became the 25th president of the University of Delaware on May 1, 1990, following unanimous election by the Board of Trustees.
A native of Vandergrift, Pa., Roselle is a 1961 graduate of West Chester (Pa.) University. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics in 1965 from Duke University.
He has been a member of the faculty at the University of Maryland, Louisiana State University and Virginia Polytechnic & State University. At Virginia Tech, he served as professor of mathematics from 1974, was appointed Dean of the Graduate School in 1979, Dean of Research and Graduate Studies in 1981 and Provost in 1983--a position he held until assuming the presidency at the University of Kentucky in July 1987.
Roselle's professional activities include membership in the Mathematical Association of America, which he served as secretary from 1975-84. He also served as Associate Editor of the American Mathematical Monthly.
Additionally, he is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and the American Mathematical Society. He also referees several journals, including Mathematical Reviews.
He is past president of the Southeastern University Research Association Council of Presidents and of the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications. Roselle also serves as a trustee of Winterthur Museum, the Christiana Care Corp., the Public Policy Institute of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, and he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Wilmington Grand Opera House and the Wilmington Trust Company.
In 1976, West Chester University awarded him its Distinguished Alumnus Award and in 1994 an honorary Doctor of Law degree. In 1978, Virginia Tech awarded him a certificate for teaching excellence, and, in 1984, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics presented him its Certificate of Appreciation.
In 1989, the Association for Management of Information Technology in Higher Education presented him the CAUSE Recognition Award for Institutional Leadership. In 1990, the University of Kentucky National Alumni Association gave him its Distinguished Service Award, citing him for his wisdom in guiding the institution through difficult times. In 1999, Soka University in Tokyo awarded him an honorary doctorate.
Roselle and his wife, Louise, have a son, a daughter and three grandsons.