Harriet Smith Windsor

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Dr. Harriet Smith Windsor was sworn in as Delaware Secretary of State on January 3, 2001, having been appointed by Governor of Delaware Ruth Ann Minner. Dr. Windsor received from Governor Thomas R. Carper the Order of the First State, the highest honor a governor can bestow on a citizen, in December of 2000 for meritorious service on behalf of the citizens of Delaware.

Dr. Windsor was the 1999 Delaware Mother of the Year. From 1993 until January 2001, she was a member of Governor Thomas R. Carper's Cabinet, as Director of State Personnel. Recognized as a trailblazer for her leadership roles in government, education, and church, she was named to the Delaware Women's Hall of Fame in 1997.

With a doctorate and a master's degree from the University of Delaware and a bachelor's degree from Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA, she is a former Dean of Instruction and Department of English Chairperson at Delaware Technical and Community College, Owens Campus, and a former English teacher at Seaford Senior High School. A writer and speaker, she serves on numerous local, state and national boards.

In 1989, Dr. Windsor was recognized as Millsboro's Woman of the Year. According to her, this is a cherished award because she was totally surprised by being sponsored by Sussex Central Junior High School students. Upon accepting the award, she told the students: "You never know who is watching and what they are seeing!" This has become Dr. Windsor's message during many speaking opportunities throughout the state, as a result of the personal experience.

She has been a life-long member of Millsboro's Grace United Methodist Church, where she previously served as choir director, organist, church school teacher and superintendent, administrative board chairperson, chairperson of the Pastor Parish Relations Committee, and is currently lay leader. Dr. Windsor is a Certified Lay Speaker of the Peninsula Conference, and serves on the District Committee on Ordained Ministry.

Dr. Windsor is a native Sussex Countian from Millsboro, where her son James A. Smith, Jr., and daughter, Julia O’Hanlon, now young adults, also grew up. She currently resides in Lewes.

She was passed over for the position of Secretary of State in 2009 and was replaced with Jeffrey W. Bullock.


Secretary of State Biography