William B. DeLauder of Jamestown, the eighth president of Delaware State University, died Tuesday, according to the university's news service. He was 81.

He was president from 1987 to 2003 and was at the helm in 1993 when Delaware State College became Delaware State University.

That name change signaled that "not only did the quality of the institution’s programs merit University status, but also a long-range plan was in place to continue its growth," the university reported.

"The remarkable transformation of the campus continued during the DeLauder era, with more than $100 million in new construction and improvements," the university reported.

In what would have great impact in subsequent university administrations, DeLauder established the Office of Sponsored Programs in 1992 to attract federal grants as well as to oversee the proper management of awarded funds. The office helped the institution obtain $9.5 million over its first 10 years in existence, and would later be vitally important in the significant expansion of research programs at the university.

He is survived by his wife, Vermell. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

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