Araya Debessay is a professor of accounting in the Lerner College of Business and Economics, and has been a faculty member at UD since 1978. Debessay's service to the University on diversity matters is long-standing. He served as chair of the Commission to Promote Racial and Cultural Diversity from 1994-1998, was appointed as the co-chair of the Diversity Task Force in February 2008, was a member of the Diversity Action Council, and most recently served as chairman of the African Heritage Caucus.
“He did an absolutely outstanding job in providing thought leadership for our intensive deliberations,” wrote Vaughan in his nomination of Debessay. “It is clear that the Diversity Task Force's final report to President Harker was guided, in large measure, by the insight, professional commitment and personal investment so eloquently exhibited by Araya.”
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