Delaware State University will memorialize hold the dedication and unveiling of the Jerome H. Holland statue, set for 3 p.m. Oct. 26 at the entrance to the university’s pedestrian mall on campus, 1200 N. Dupont Highway, Dover.
Holland, president of then-Delaware State College from 1953 to 1960, inherited the leadership of the institution during a particularly troublesome period in which the closure of the college was a distinct possibility. Holland’s leadership ability effectively addressed the shortcomings of the college and also brought about a healthy partnership between the school and the state. It is the conclusion of many that without Holland, Delaware State College would not have survived the 1950s.
Holland would later serve from 1960 to 1970 as president of Hampton Institute, now university, as the U.S. ambassador of Sweden, as the first African-American to sit on the board of directors of the New York Stock Exchange, as the national chairman of the American Red Cross and as a board member of nine major U.S. companies. He died in 1985.
The statue is installed at the entrance of the university’s pedestrian mall, west of the main entrance and flagpoles.
University President Wilma Mishoe, whose father, Dr. Luna I. Mishoe, succeeded Holland as president in 1960 — will give remarks during the dedication. Two of Holland’s children, Joseph Holland and Lucy Holland-Harden, will also be in attendance.