Police said she had recently separated from her husband, Luke Chapman, a former Newark city councilman.
Chapman unsuccessfully ran as a Republican against Democratic State Senator Dave Sokola in 2016. "Most people who met Meredith were instantly dazzled by her".
The University of DE also released a statement: "Everyone who knew and worked with Meredith is heartbroken. Her family is devastated, heartbroken and requests privacy and respect as they grieve". My thoughts and prayers go out to Luke, to Meredith's family and friends, and to everyone who was fortunate enough to know her.
Chapman, a 2007 graduate of the University of DE, worked for the school in media relations and marketing and ran unsuccessfully for a state Senate seat in DE in 2016. She described herself as married to Mark Gerardot.
But in the months before Gerardot became the topic of breathless national news coverage, there were hints that she was beginning to unravel.
"Our hearts are broken by the devastating loss of our new colleague", University spokesman Jonathan Gust said in a statement Tuesday.
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Friends paid tribute to the aspiring Republican politician, with Emily Taylor from the DE branch of the party saying: 'I am shocked and devastated by the news. She had previously served as the Director of Digital Communications for the University of Delaware. In the hours since receiving the news, it has been impossible for me to imagine our DE without someone so transcendent and committed to service. Chapman worked with Mark Gerardot, a marketing professional when she was employed at the University of Delaware. Meredith Chapman was a wonderfully vibrant young woman. "The thoughts and prayers of the entire university community are with her family, friends and colleagues during this extremely hard time". She also did consulting work related to higher education. "Just a week on the job and I'm already feeling the love from #NovaNation", she wrote above a picture of herself smiling in front of the St. Thomas of Villanova church. "#GoingNova #HigherEdMarketing#NewAdventures", she posted at 5:42 p.m. Monday.
The couple lived and worked in IN, including together at Gerardot & Co., a branding & package design agency co-founded by Mark, until 2011.
Chapman and Mark Gerardot worked together at UD since the fall when the Gerardots relocated to Delaware. At the University of DE, she worked as a senior marketing director and taught classes to students at the undergraduate, MBA and continuing education levels, according to her website.
The Gerardots had been married since 1993, according to Indiana State Library records, the News Journal reported.
While at Up&Up, Mark, who is from a large family in northern in, worked with major university clients like the University of North Carolina, Clemson and Auburn.