Dr. Michael Casson
MEET THE DEMCO PRESIDENT
Known as an “out of the box”, entrepreneurial thinker, Michael H. Casson Jr. has utilized his expertise and insight to engage, inform and support the citizens of Delaware and our global community. Specifically, Dr. Casson’s activities include Dean of the College of Business at Delaware State University (DSU); Founding Director and Principal Investigator (PI) of the Delaware State University Center for Economic Development and International Trade (UCEDIT), a U.S. Economic Development Administration University Center charged with leveraging University resources for economic development initiatives throughout the State of Delaware;
Associate Professor of Economics at Delaware State University; Principal of Oyate Solutions, LLC, a corporation focused on helping clients develop sustainable economic growth strategies and business solutions that accelerate GDP growth, trade, investments, and employment; PI of U.S. Virgin Islands GIS Asset Mapping project funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration; President and Co-Founder of the Delaware Multicultural and Civic Organization (DEMCO), a non-profit corporation focused on spurring economic, community and educational development in Delaware’s local communities; Co-PI and lead economist for USAID's West Africa Analytical Support Services and Evaluations for Sustainable Systems (ASSESS) program in Agriculture, Environment, Energy and Trade- supporting economic development for twenty-one Western African countries; Founding Director of the Economic Development and Leadership Institute at DSU; Economist for the State of Delaware Department of Finance conducting cash-flow and input-output modeling; Owner of Nationwide Flagging Corporation and; author of a financial literacy and business development children's book series titled, “Enwan the Entrepreneur.”
Dr. Casson earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Florida A&M University, a Master of Arts in Economics (specializing in Mathematical Economics and Econometrics) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Ph.D. in Agriculture and Resource Economics (specializing in Econometrics, Linear Programming, Public Finance and Industrial Organization) from the University of Connecticut.