HU Announces Dr. Neelam Azad’s Appointment to Commonwealth Health Research Board

Hampton, Va. (February 20, 2024) Hampton University proudly announces the appointment of Dr. Neelam Azad, Vice President for Research, to the esteemed Commonwealth Health Research Board by Governor Glen Youngkin. This appointment reflects Dr. Azad’s outstanding contributions to research and underscores her commitment to advancing healthcare initiatives within the Commonwealth.

In her role as Vice President for Research, Dr. Azad has consistently demonstrated a passion for driving impactful research projects and fostering collaboration within the academic and healthcare communities. Her appointment to the Commonwealth Health Research Board further solidifies her dedication to advancing health-related research endeavors in the state.

“Dr. Neelam Azad’s wealth of experience and commitment to cutting-edge research make her an invaluable addition to the Commonwealth Health Research Board,” said HU President Darrell K. Williams. We are confident that her contributions will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of healthcare research in Virginia.”

The Commonwealth Health Research Board is tasked with overseeing and supporting research initiatives that enhance the health and well-being of Virginia’s residents. Dr. Azad’s diverse background and extensive research experience uniquely position her to contribute meaningfully to the Board’s mission.

“I am honored to be appointed to the Commonwealth Health Research Board,” said Azad. “I look forward to collaborating with fellow board members to advance research that addresses critical health challenges faced by our communities.”

HU congratulates Azad on this prestigious appointment and remains committed to supporting her efforts in advancing research excellence within the Commonwealth.


Founded in 1868, Hampton University has been the Standard of Excellence in higher education for over 150 years. Rich in history and tradition, Hampton University is recognized as one of the top historically black colleges and universities in the world, and recently named the top private university in Virginia. Hampton provides a broad range of technical, liberal arts and graduate degree programs. HU is a tightly-knit community of learners and educators representing 49 states and 35 territories and nations.

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