WILMINGTON, Del. – U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) released the following statement on the selection of Dr. Tony Allen, president of Delaware State University, to serve in a personal capacity as chief executive officer of a Presidential Inaugural Committee, which will organize activities surrounding the swearing-in ceremony of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

"I have known Tony for 25 years, and he is a terrific choice to help bring Delaware to D.C. and to bring the excitement of the Biden-Harris ticket to the American people through the inauguration," said Sen. Coons. "This will be a difficult inauguration to pull off as we confront the realities of the pandemic. Fortunately, as Tony's strong leadership at DSU has already shown, he can both innovate in tough times and deliver real results. He's a great choice to lead this important committee."