Hampton University Mourns the Loss of 10th President Dr. Roy Hudson

Hampton, Va. (April 23, 2024) –Hampton University President Darrell K. Williams released the following statement on the passing of our 10th president, Dr. Roy Hudson:

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our esteemed 10th President Dr. Roy Davage Hudson. Serving as the president of Hampton Institute, now known as Hampton University, from 1970 to 1976, President Hudson played a significant role in shaping the institution’s history and fostering its growth.

During his tenure, President Hudson exhibited a strong commitment to academic excellence and student success. He spearheaded initiatives that expanded educational opportunities and enhanced the quality of education at Hampton University. His visionary leadership laid the foundation for the institution’s continued progress and development.

President Hudson’s dedication to higher education extended beyond his time at Hampton University. As the 13th interim president of Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina, from 1995 to 1996, he contributed to the advancement of yet another esteemed institution.

We remember President Hudson as a trailblazer, an advocate for education, and a champion for our students. His legacy will forever be etched in the fabric of Hampton University, and his impact will be felt for generations to come.

First Lady Myra Williams and I express our deepest condolences to Former First Lady Constance Hudson and their family. We will honor his memory by continuing to uphold the values and ideals he held dear. On Wednesday, April 24th, our flag will fly at half mast in honor of his memory.


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. www.hamptonu.edu.

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