Patrick T. Harker is president of the University of Delaware. He is also a professor of business administration in the university’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics and a professor of civil and environmental engineering in the university’s College of Engineering. Prior to that, he was the dean of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the Reliance Professor of Management and Private Enterprise. Before his appointment as dean in 2000, he was an interim dean and deputy dean, and he also acted as chair of the operations and information management department at Wharton.
Harker is on the board of directors of Pepco Holdings Inc., as well as the Huntsman Corp., and is a founding member of the board of advisors for Decision Lens, Inc. He is a member of the Regional Leadership Initiative Steering Committee at the Council on Competitiveness and a trustee of Howard University. He is also a charter fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Harker received a B.S.E. and an M.S.E. in civil engineering in 1981 and a master’s degree in economics and a Ph.D. in civil and urban engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.