DOVER — Just less than a year into his tenure, the dean of Delaware State University’s College of Education, Health and Public Policy submitted his resignation on Wednesday, a school spokesman said on Thursday afternoon.
Citing privacy laws, DSU declined to comment on any reasons why Dr. Frederick K. Asinor left the position. He began overseeing the nearly 1,300-student, 46-faculty and staff academic department on Aug. 13, 2012.
“Dr. Asinor has resigned,” DSU spokesman Carlos Holmes said. “It took place Wednesday. There’s really not much more I can say.
“Anything else I could say would be violating the privacy of the employee.”
Dr. Asinor submitted his resignation through the school’s human resources department, officials said. Any further details of his departure were unavailable through the school.
“Delaware State University cannot comment on such a personnel matter at this point in time,” Mr. Holmes said.
Attempts to reach Dr. Asinor Thursday were unsuccessful. DSU said President Dr. Harry L. Williams and Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Alton Thompson were unavailable for comment.
The resignation comes on the heels of a Delaware State News inquiry about Dr. Asinor’s past.
In a DSU press release announcing Dr. Asinor’s arrival last summer, a list of educational stops and professional stops were listed in his biography.
While the release said Dr. Asinor engaged in post-doctorate work at the University of Alabama, the school said Thursday it did not have a school of Public Health and suggested checking with the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
On a LinkedIn account with Dr. Asinor’s name and a picture on it, an educational background note listed a Certificate of Public Health Leadership from UAB in 1997. Contacted Thursday, the UAB registrar’s office could not confirm that.
UAB said only one person with the last name of Asinor was in the system — and the first name, age and educational background did not match Dr. Frederick Asinor.
“I’m not pulling him up in our system,” said Cecelia Boyd from UAB. “We can locate anyone who came through UAB.”
While DSU noted that Dr. Asinor taught at the Maryland Institute of Art, a Baltimore school known as Maryland Institute College of Art could not say yes or no to that.
“The information we have seen for Frederick K. Asinor mentions his teaching at ‘Maryland Institute of Art,’ ” said director of public relations Jessica Weglein in an e-mail. “MICA’s full name is ‘Maryland Institute College of Art.’
“Based on the information available, we cannot confirm or deny his employment status.”
Citing privacy laws, DSU would not comment on the accuracy of the press release that listed Dr. Asinor’s past accomplishments.
Also on a LinkedIn account, in an honors and awards section, a Fellowship at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene/Infectious Disease Society of America-Pfizer was listed under Dr. Asinor’s name.
When contacted Thursday, a American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene spokesman said, “There’s no record of him in our system, so to the best of my knowledge that means he was never a member,” said Preeti Singh via e-mail.
Mr. Singh also noted, “It’s written a little weirdly with the Infectious disease Society of America included at the end there, which leads me to believe he is may be a member and/ or fellow of IDSA. But he is not a fellow of ASTMH.”
The LinkedIn account attributed to Dr. Asinor also listed his 1996 participation in an HIV/AIDS Training Program at the Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
A spokesperson for Sloan Kettering said confirmation was not available without Dr. Asinor’s consent.
“After some … discussion with our Human Resources Department — I have learned that we are not allowed to disclose this information without the person’s written consent,” Rebecca Williams wrote in an e-mail.
“If Dr. Asinor agrees to this, he would need to call us and we could send him a consent form. After we have permissions, we’d be happy to verify what we have access to.”
A Facebook account attributed to Dr. Asinor noted he was a member of the Emory University School of Public Health, and earned a master’s degree in Health Policy in 1994.
Emory University said a Freddie Asinor attended Emory from 1995-97 and received an MPH in 1997, according to Jill Hennecy of University Communications.
DSU moving forward
DSU spokesman Mr. Holmes said an interim dean would be appointed, and the school would conduct a search for a permanent replacement.
“Like any institution of higher education, DSU has changes in academic leadership from time to time,” Mr. Holmes said.
“In light of this current change, the college will continue to press on with its academic business as is expected at DSU. An interim dean will be appointed soon and a search process will be initiated to hire a permanent dean.
“There are outstanding faculty members in the college who will continue to carry out their teaching responsibilities.”
The college includes DSU’s Education, Nursing, Public and Allied Health and Social Work departments.
Note - This story has been updated from the original print version.
Correction, clarification - A further search by the Morehouse School of Medicine Friday found that ex-Delaware State University dean of College of Education, Health and Public Policy Dr. Frederick Asinor worked at the school from 1993-1995. A Morehouse spokeswoman said Thursday there was no record of Dr. Asinor’s employment, and incorrect information stating that was published in the Delaware State News on Friday.