College of Business
Aviation Program, Department of Business Administration

Captain Steve Speed, Director

EMail & Phone Number

Office Hours & Location

3-5pm, Monday, BOA 211G
10-11am, Tuesday, Airport
2-5pm, Wednesday, BOA 211G

Educational Qualifications

B.S., M.B.A.

Short Bio

CAPT Speed was born in Wilmington, Delaware, raised in Dover, Delaware, and graduated from Dover High School in 1981. He graduated with a B.S. degree from the United States Naval Academy in 1985 and an M.B.A. from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1993.

Upon graduation from the Naval Academy, CAPT Speed served on active duty in the Navy for just less than 9 years and then an additional 16+ years in the Navy Reserve. He was a P-3 pilot in Patrol Squadrons 8, 68 and 64, and Test & Evaluation Squadron 1, and a Management Analyst in the CNO’s Office. His other squadron jobs included Instructor Pilot, Standardization Pilot, and Operational Test Director; and he served as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of Patrol Squadron 64. He has flown from locations as far north as Thule Greenland, as far south as Ecuador, as far east as Italy, and as far west as Thailand. He retired from the Navy as a Captain on June 1, 2010, after 25 years of service and more than 4000 flight hours. His decorations include the Navy Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various campaign and unit awards.

CAPT Speed represented Dover’s 1st District on City Council from 2001 to 2004. During his tenure on City Council, he served on the Utility Committee and the Parks & Recreation Committee; and he chaired the Legislative, Finance & Administration Committee. In 2004, he won election as Mayor of the City of Dover. While Mayor, he served as the Vice President of the Delaware League of Local Governments, as a member of the State of Delaware Homeland Security Task Force, and as founding Co-chair of the DELEA Founders Insurance Trust.

In 2007, CAPT Speed left the Mayor’s office to become the Aviation Program Director at Delaware State University, where he oversees four full-time employees, 9 adjunct faculty members, 12 adjunct flight instructors, and one other part-time employee. He is responsible for all aspects of the Federal Aviation Administration approved Part 141 flight school, which operates the newest DSU academic facility, located at Delaware Airpark, just west of Cheswold, Delaware. He is an FAA rated Airline Transport Pilot for single and multi-engine aircraft, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor for single and multi-engine aircraft with Instrument privileges, and an FAA certified Advanced Ground Instructor.

He has served and continues to serve on dozens of non-profit boards, committees and organizations that positively impact the lives of the people of Dover and across the State of Delaware.


University Seminar I - Aviation

University Seminar II - Aviation

Flight Safety

Human Factors in Aviation

Multi-Engine Rating

Individual flight instruction

Industry Experience

Included in bio.