Delaware Public Media

UD renames School of Public Policy and Admin. for Joe Biden

Dec 11, 2018

The University of Delaware’s School of Public Policy and Administration now bares a very familiar name.

UD has renamed the school for one of its most prominent alumni, former Vice President Joe Biden.

The university announced it’s changing the name to the Joseph R. Biden Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration at its Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday.

Biden says he’s honored and humbled by the school's decision.

"UD holds a special place in my heart," Biden said. "It instilled in me the belief that I could make a difference and inspired me to live a life committed to public service. My hope is the Biden School will inspire this and future generations of young leaders and that it will stand for not only excellence in academic study but also for a return to decency and civility in our nation's public debate."

It’s the second time in as many years the Biden name has earned a prominent place at the university.  Last year, UD and Biden launched The Biden Institute, a research and policy center focusing on solutions to a wide range of domestic issues including economic reform, civil rights, criminal justice, and women's rights.

The Biden Institute will remain within Biden School of Public Policy and Administration.

Biden graduated from the University of Delaware in 1965.