In Memoriam: Costel D. Denson, 1934-2018

Costel Denson, a former faculty member and administrator at the University of Delaware, died late last month. He was 83 years old.

Dr. Denson was a native of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. He was the first African American student admitted to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering there in 1956.

Dr. Denson worked as a chemical engineer for General Electric in Schenectady, New York, and earned a master’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the University of Utah.

After serving as the manager of General Electric’s Polymer Research Division in Louisville, Kentucky, Dr. Denson joined the faculty at the University of Delaware in 1977. He was the first African American faculty member in the department of chemical engineering at the university. During his tenure at the university, he served as interim dean of engineering and vice provost for research. He retired from the university in 2005.

In 1956, Costel Denson, bottom right, was the first African American graduate of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.


Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Two Black Scholars Appointed to Faculty Positions

The new faculty are Esther Jones at Brown University and Dagmawi Woubshet at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision is Established at Bowie State University

"The new program will help to increase the number of counselor educators within the counseling field and the number of competent Black counselor educators," says Dr. Otis Williams, chair of the Bowie State University department of counseling and psychological studies.

Elizabeth City State University Partners With the University of Tennessee Health Science Center to Increase Representation of Black Graduate...

"We are excited by this partnership with UT Health Science Center and the opportunities this brings to our students who wish to pursue advanced degrees," said Kuldeep Rawat, dean of the Elizabeth City State University School of Science, Health and Technology.

Kimberly White-Smith Honored for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education

“Through her leadership and scholarship, Dr. White-Smith inspires a new generation of teachers to serve students and approach their work with equity, compassion, and respect,” said Gail F. Baker, provost and senior vice president at the University of San Diego. 

Featured Jobs