Dr. Maria Gallo, a Fulbright Scholar and a Fellow of both the American Society of Agronomy and the Crop Science Society of America, became the 13th president of Delaware Valley University on July 1, 2016.

Prior to coming to DelVal, Dr. Gallo served as dean and director for research and cooperative extension at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR).

As dean of CTAHR, Dr. Gallo served as its chief executive officer and worked with the Advisory Council, faculty, staff and stakeholders to set the strategic vision for the College, communicated that vision to all internal and external constituencies and secured the needed resources to accomplish those strategic goals. As the administrative head of the College, Dr. Gallo led all faculty members, administrative officers and other employees statewide; as the chief academic, research and extension officer at CTAHR, Dr. Gallo provided the vision and leadership for the College’s six interdisciplinary academic departments, four county offices, and numerous research and extension facilities on 1,554 acres across Hawai`i.

At CTAHR, Dr. Gallo led the development and implementation of the College’s comprehensive strategic plan, resulting in an endowed scholarship, an increase in students graduating in STEM disciplines, and significant increases in student and faculty diversity.

Prior to joining the University of Hawai`i at Manoa, Dr. Gallo served as professor and chair of the agronomy department at the University of Florida where she had a productive teaching and research program. She is a plant molecular biologist who specializes in crop improvement and has been an author on more than 78 refereed journal articles. A native New Yorker, she earned her B.S. in agronomy from Cornell University, and both her M.S. in crop science and Ph.D. in genetics from North Carolina State University.