Bernice Whaley

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Director of Advancement

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BS, Business Administration, University of Delaware
MSOL, Wilmington University
DBA, Wilmington University

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Bernice Whaley joined St. Andrew's in 2017, and served the school as Director of Development until July 2020, when she became Director of Advancement.

In May 2015, Bernice Whaley was nominated by Delaware Governor Jack Markell to serve as the Director of the Delaware Economic Development Office, where she served as a Secretary in Governor Markell’s cabinet and was responsible for the business and economic strategies for the State of Delaware. Prior to her cabinet role, Bernice served as Deputy Director, overseeing the day to day activities and functions of a multi-faceted economic development agency.

Beginning her career at Happy Harry’s Drugs Stores, Bernice was instrumental in expanding Happy Harry’s first warehouse into two Distribution Centers. In early 2000, Bernice was appointed Vice President of Distribution and Inventory Management for the organization. In 2006, Bernice skillfully directed the closing of the two distribution centers, as a result of the Walgreens of acquisition of Happy Harry’s. Upon the sale of Happy Harry’s, Bernice joined Karabus Management where she worked on several consulting engagements for international organizations based in the US, Canada and Mexico.

Bernice is a graduate of University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Marketing Management. Having received her Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Wilmington University, Bernice was bestowed the Master of Science Award for Academic & Business Excellence. Bernice earned her Doctorate in Business Administration from Wilmington University.

Having served as past Chair of the Board of Junior Achievement of Delaware, Bernice currently serves on the board’s leadership council. Bernice has served as board member of the Delaware Workforce Development Board, Diamond State Port Corporation, Delaware Stadium Corporation, Delaware Technology Park and First State Innovation. Bernice was appointed to Delaware State University’s Blue Ribbon Commission, which was charged with defining the University’s new vision under President Williams, and served on the Advisory Council of the Dean of the College of Mathematical, Natural Sciences and Technology. Bernice also served on various advisory committees for the New Castle County Vocational Technical Schools and Delaware Technical Community College.