New Members on the Board of TrusteesJun 10th, 2010 | By admin | Category: Highlights
BY LEIGH ANN COLEMAN ’09
Alumnus William “Bill” Willis, Jr. ’66 and proud Wesley parent Kathleen Jennings became the newest members of the Wesley College Board of Trustees in March. “I am elated that Ms. Jennings and Mr. Willis have joined Wesley’s Trustees. They bring talents and experience that will complement our Board as we continue to grow as an institution. Each is articulate, energetic, actively involved in the life of Delaware, and shares a vision for Wesley College. Their perspectives and expertise will be helpful as we shape Wesley for the future,” said President Bill Johnston.
Willis is president of Willis Chevrolet, with dealerships in both Smyrna and Middletown, Delaware. After graduating from Wesley College and West Virginia Wesleyan College and then serving two years in the U.S. Army, Willis returned to work for the family business and make an impact in his community. He serves on the Board of Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware and is an active member of Asbury United Methodist Church. He has 40 years of service in the automobile industry and is a former president of the Delaware Automobile and Truck Dealers Association (DATDA). He also represents Delaware as a member of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA).
Jennings is an attorney and partner at Biddle & Reath, LLP in Wilmington, Delaware, practicing criminal defense and regulatory enforcement, among other fields of law. She was previously a partner at WolfBlock, LLP as well as Oberly, Jennings & Rhodunda P.A., both in Wilmington. From 1993 to 1995, she served as chief deputy attorney general. Prior to that position, Jennings was acting state prosecutor in the criminal division and deputy attorney general. An alumnus of the University of Delaware and Villanova University School of Law, Jennings is also a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Her daughter Rebecca is a current sophomore at Wesley.
“Personally, I have always valued education for its ability to enrich our intellectual awareness of the world and to open doors for success in America. The future of our youth, and for that matter this country, resides in the success of our educational system. There is no higher priority,” said Jennings.