Patrick T. Harker

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Patrick T. Harker
26th President of the University of Delaware
In office
July 1, 2007 – present
Preceded by David Roselle
Personal details
Born (1958-11-19) November 19, 1958 (age 56)
Spouse(s) Emily Saaty
Alma mater B.S.E. and M.S.E., University of Pennsylvania, 1981
M.A. and Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1983
Profession Professor

Patrick Timothy Harker (born November 19, 1958)[1] is the President of the University of Delaware.[2] He was the dean of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania from 2001 to 2007. He began his presidency of the University of Delaware in 2007. Harker is well known around the Delaware area for his charitable efforts.

Early life and career[edit]

Harker grew up in Gloucester City, New Jersey.[3] He graduated from St. Mary's School in Gloucester in 1973,[3] and was a scholar athlete at Gloucester Catholic High School.[4]

Before receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983,[5] Harker worked as a consulting engineer in Philadelphia and New York City.[6] He was a faculty member of the University of California, Santa Barbara from 1983–1984.[5]

Harker was named a Presidential Young Investigator by the National Science Foundation in 1986 and as a White House Fellow by President Bush in 1991.[5] In the latter position, he spent 1991-1992 as a Special Assistant to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.[5]

University of Pennsylvania[edit]

Harker joined the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1984.[7] From 1994 to 1996, Harker served as a professor and Chair of the Systems Engineering Department in Penn's School of Engineering and Applied Science.[8]

Harker served as chairman and professor of operations and information management for the Wharton School prior to his appointment as interim and deputy dean in July 1999.[8] He was appointed the dean in February 2000.[5] He was a reliance professor of management and private enterprise and a senior fellow at the Wharton Financial Institutions Center.[8] He also served as director of the school's Fishman-Davidson Center for the Study of the Service Sector.[8] In 1991, he received an endowed professorship, making him the youngest person ever given one at the age of 32.[6]

University of Delaware[edit]

Harker was elected as the 26th President of the University of Delaware on December 1, 2006.[7] He took office on July 1, 2007.[7] Harker's compensation for the 2008–2009 fiscal year was $810,603.[9] His pay for 2009–2010 was $726,307,[10] and his pay for 2010–2011 was $728,329.[11]

Harker has served on the board of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management since 2005.[12]

During his career, Harker has published five books and over 80 articles. From January 1996 until December 1999, he served as editor-in-chief of Operations Research.[12]


  1. ^ Marquis Who's Who on the Web
  2. ^ "Forbes: Patrick T. Harker". forbes. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  3. ^ a b Peter Sánchez (March 27, 2009). "A school rooted in faith and tradition" (PDF). Catholic Star Herald. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  4. ^ Ostrum, Gus (May 16, 2011). "Former Rams Can Still Charge" (PDF). Courier-Post. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Patrick T. Harker Named Dean of the Wharton School". University of Pennsylvania. February 8, 2000. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  6. ^ a b Waltzer, Jim (May 2009). "Engineering UD's Future". Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  7. ^ a b c Burling, Stacey (December 2, 2006). "Penn's Harker will lead U. of Delaware". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Professor Patrick T. Harker". University of Delaware. June 15, 2007. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  9. ^ "Compensation of Public-University Presidents". The Chronicle of Higher Education. January 22, 2010. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  10. ^ Nussbaum, Paul (April 4, 2011). "Penn State leader among highest-paid public-college presidents". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  11. ^ "UD President Harker ranks 11th in pay, new report finds". May 22, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  12. ^ a b "Dr. Patrick T. Harker". University of Delaware. Retrieved 2012-06-14.