Born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, to Emil and Mary Jane DiLorenzo, he was the valedictorian of his high school class in Jeanette, Pennsylvania, and went on to the University of Pittsburgh, where he graduated cum laude with degrees in economics and psychology. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from West Virginia University.
Upon completion of his graduate degree, Dr. DiLorenzo joined the faculty at the University of Missouri, where he rose through the ranks to become chair of the Department of Psychology. In 1999, he was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Delaware, where he met his future wife, Suzanne Austin, who formerly held a number of adminstrative posts at UD, including associate provost for academic affairs and interim dean of the then-College of Education and Public Policy. In 2010, he was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Austin arrived later and served UAB as senior vice provost. Dr. DiLorenzo later was named provost and senior vice president at the University of North Dakota, a position from which he retired in June 2020. The couple moved to Charleston on July 1.
His family notes that Dr. DiLorenzo was respected in higher education for his servant leadership based on bedrock principles of shared governance with faculty, staff and students and that he was “a true advocate for and a steward of the institutions he served. He provided clear-eyed guidance for his universities in a multitude of issues, including affordability, access, state funding, diversity and inclusion, free expression of speech on campus and economic development at the local, state and national levels.”
Dr. DiLorenzo is survived by his wife, Suzanne; her daughter, Lilla Alchon (Alex Dickson), both of Washington, D.C.; his daughter, Kendall Wagner, (Alex Wagner), and grandchildren, Keegan and Harper, all of Newark, Delaware; and son, Nathan DiLorenzo (Angela Tomaso), and grandchild, Brooklyn, all of Des Plaines, Illinois. He also is survived by brothers John of Greensburg, Pennsylvania; Mark of Hermitage, Pennsylvania; and stepbrothers, Rick and Don Holtzman of Atlanta, Georgia, and Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, respectively.
In light of Dr. DiLorenzo’s love of cooking and traveling, his family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the College of Charleston Cougar Pantry, the UAB Blazer Kitchen and the UND Food for Thought Pantry.
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Article by UDaily staff Photos by Kathy F. Atkinson, Sarah M. Simon and courtesy of the University of North Dakota July 22, 2020