The Legislative Fellows Program, co-sponsored by the Delaware General Assembly and the Institute for Public Administration (IPA) at the University of Delaware, celebrated its 25th anniversary on Friday, March 2, 2007, with a reception and dinner for former and current Legislative Fellows, elected officials, and legislative and university staff.
The evening’s program featured remarks by Lieutenant Governor John C. Carney, Jr., himself a former Legislative Fellow, University of Delaware Provost Daniel Rich, and Pam Price, who has served as a supervisor to students assigned to the House Majority Caucus for more than 20 years.
Delaware Lt. Gov. (and 1984 Fellow) John Carney spoke of his Legislative Fellows experience as “transformational.” Pam Price, who has worked closely with the program on behalf of the Delaware General Assembly for nearly all of the program’s 25 years, shared some of her vivid memories.“We are commemorating 25 years of partnership between the Delaware General Assembly and IPA,” said Dr. Jerome Lewis, director of IPA and founder of the Legislative Fellows Program. “Not only have our students learned practical policy applications from the program, but the state of Delaware and the region have benefited from their quality, nonpartisan research.”
Forty-five alumni who served as Fellows between 1982 and 2006 traveled from across the country—from as far away as Seattle, Washington—to attend the celebration. The event provided alumni, elected officials, and staff members an opportunity to reacquaint themselves and reminisce.
Lewis, who received a standing ovation from attendees for founding and shepherding the program through the years, said, “This celebration recognizes the hard work and service of our current and former students. Our alumni reap the benefits of their first-hand legislative experiences throughout their careers.”