Leidos Chairman & CEO Sends Special Message to Hampton University President

On Thursday, July 7, Leidos released a special video message featuring Roger Krone, Leidos Chairman and CEO and other employees, including Hampton University alumni, to congratulate LTG Darrell K. Williams on his appointment as the 13th President of Hampton University.

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Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications Student Named to ESPN’s Andscape Sixth Class of Rhoden Fellows

HAMPTON, Va. (June 9, 2022) — Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications junior Zoey Hodge has been named a Rhoden Fellow. Hodge will participate with the sixth class of the Rhoden Fellowship, named for award-winning sports columnist William C. “Bill” Rhoden. A partnership with Andscape [] (formerly ESPN’s The Undefeated), this is as an opportunity to increase diversity and inclusion in sports journalism. Each year, undergraduates from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) apply to participate in the internship. Hodge is the eighth member of the Rhoden Fellowship from Scripps Howard. 

“Bill is a friend of Hampton University and a personal friend of mine,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey. “We are extremely proud of Ms. Zoey Hodge on her selection as a Rhoden Fellow. Ms. Hodge continues Hampton’s legacy of having a Rhoden Fellow since the fellowship was created. Ms. Hodge is the type of successful, hard-working, and dedicated student that Hampton University develops.”

The Rhoden Fellows Initiative is a training program for the next generation of sports journalists from HBCUs, headed by Andscape editor-at-large and former The New York Times award-winning columnist William C. Rhoden. The fellowship – established as part of Andscape’s mission to develop new voices and serve as an incubator for future multicultural journalists – is open to outstanding undergraduate students at HBCUs.

“I’m honored to welcome the sixth class of Rhoden Fellows into the Andscape family,” said Rhoden. “You are a part of a great tradition of aspiring HBCU journalists who have come through our program. You will be working with an extraordinary team of professionals who will expand your horizons in ways you cannot imagine. Thanks to everyone within the Disney universe whose support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities continues to make this unique fellowship possible.”

Part of the fellowship’s learning curriculum includes writing for various onsite events, producing weekly podcasts, pitching creative storytelling ideas and contributing content to be published on the Andscape digital hub.

The 2022-23 class, selected by Rhoden and a panel of senior editors at Andscape, also includes students from Alabama State University, Florida A&M University, Howard University, North Carolina A&T State University and Xavier University. 

About Andscape

Andscape is a Black media platform dedicated to creating, highlighting, and uplifting the diverse stories of Black identity. Magnified by the power and reach of ESPN and The Walt Disney Company, the Andscape umbrella includes an editorial division, book publishing arm, film and television division, and music publishing group – each united by the shared mission of illuminating the culture and experience of blackness. Founded in 2022, Andscape is a re-imagination, expansion, and diversification of The Undefeated’s former platform.

Zoey Hodge


Zoey Hodge is a junior journalism major from Charlotte, North Carolina. She works on the social media team for the Hampton University Men’s Basketball team. “I am looking forward to collaborating with the other Fellows and learning more about the journalism field as it relates to sports and the HBCU community,” said Zoey.

Hampton Football Receives Highest NCAA APR Rating Among HBCU and Big South Football Programs, Other Programs Also Score High

HAMPTON, VA (June 16, 2022) – The NCAA released the Academic Progress Rate report for the 2020-21 academic year. The Hampton University Football program received the highest score among all HBCU football programs and Big South Football Programs. 
Hampton Football’s score of 966 is the highest score the football program has received since the NCAA started the APR reports in 2003.
“This is the kind of news that every football coach wants to receive heading into Summer workouts,” said head coach Robert Prunty. “Academic excellence is the championship mindset we push our players to strive for in the classroom, and it’s the expectation of excellence Dr.Harvey has instilled into our campus culture.”

“I strongly believe that one of the chief roles of any college or university is the promotion of learning,” said Dr. William R. Harvey, Hampton University President. “At Hampton University, we strive for excellence in everything that we do. Football having the highest APR score for  in our athletic conference and of all HBCU programs is an example of achieving this goal. “
The NCAA implemented the APR report in 2003 as part of a collaborative effort to encourage expectations of academic excellence and hold NCAA institutions and athletic departments accountable for the academic progress of their student-athletes. 
The APR is calculated as follows:

  • Each student-athlete receiving athletically related financial aid earns one point for staying in school and one point for being academically eligible.
  • A team’s total points are divided by points possible and then multiplied by 1,000 to equal the team’s Academic Progress Rate.
  • In addition to a team’s current-year APR, its rolling four-year APR is also used to determine accountability.

Teams must earn a four-year average APR of 930 to compete in championships. 
“I’m proud of my guys,” said Prunty. “Football teams are comprised of about a hundred young men that my staff and I are constantly on cases about staying on top of their performance in the classroom.”
Today’s news was surely a sign for Prunty and his Pirates football coaching staff that they’re headed in the right direction and cultivating a culture that positions Hampton student-athletes for success after football. 

Women’s Basketball, Men’s Cross Country, Men’s Tennis, Women’s Soccer, and Softball lead the charge in team APR scores for Hampton University Athletics based on the NCAA Academic Progress Rate report for the 2020-21 academic year.
Hampton University Women’s Basketball team earned the highest score for the Pirates with an APR of 991. 

“We lost three players this year, and then it’s been an adjustment simply returning from COVID-19 for most athletic programs, “said women’s basketball head coach David Six. “I’m proud of my student-athletes’ hard work and dedication. They come to Hampton for two things basketball and a degree; I want every young lady I recruit to come here to leave with both. Assistant Coach Lauren Johnson has been a huge asset to my coaching staff and the driving force behind our academic success.”
Both Men’s Cross Country and Men’s Tennis followed up with APR scores of 989. Women’s Soccer received a 983 and Softball received a 972.

For more information about Hampton University athletics, please contact the Office of Sports Information at 757-727-5757 or visit the official Pirates website at