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Hampton University President Steers Monumental Campus-wide Upgrades

A Major Milestone in Hampton’s 10-Year Strategic Plan of Elevating Academic Excellence

Hampton University President Darrell K. Williams is setting a new standard for academic environments with an ambitious campus upgrade. This transformative initiative, encompassing renovations and state-of-the-art enhancements across 13 buildings, marks a pivotal moment in the institution’s storied history.

“Investing in our campus is investing in our future,” said President Williams. “These upgrades are not just about bricks and mortar; they’re about cementing our legacy as an institution committed to providing a first-class education. Our mission is clear: to offer the #1 student experience in America. This ambitious project brings us closer to that goal and also represents a significant milestone in our ten-year strategic plan, highlighting our commitment to elevate academic excellence, streamline operations, and significantly improve our infrastructure.”

President Williams, an esteemed alumnus and member of the class of 1983, remarked that the administration is continuing to ensure that Hampton students have access to an environment that is not only conducive to learning but also inspiring.

“We believe that our campus is more than just a place of learning; it’s a living testament to our commitment to excellence, heritage, and the future of our students,” President Williams continued. “Recognizing the evolving needs of our community and the importance of a stimulating environment for education, we embarked on significant campus upgrades and improvements.”

Major Campus Renovations

Among the campus upgrades are Clarke Hall, Armstrong Hall, the Little Theater, Dett Auditorium, and Moton Hall, which has been innovatively converted from traditional dormitory spaces to suite-style living accommodations complete with a fitness center, gaming room and cafe.

Additionally, Harkness, Holmes, White and Twitchell Halls now boast innovative fitness rooms, while, the Student Dining Hall, Holly Tree Dining Hall, and the Presidents’  House, the oldest structure on campus and new residence of the First Family, along with Armstrong Stadium, have all seen significant improvements. These upgrades not only refresh these spaces but also redefine the living and learning environments for students, faculty, and staff.

“The renovations have transformed the campus,” said Barbara Inman, Ed.D., vice president, Student Success and Enrollment Management. “It’s amazing to see how these changes have not only enhanced the aesthetic appeal but also improved the functionality of our spaces. It truly feels like a new era for Hampton University.”

Environmental Impact

At the heart of these enhancements is an overarching commitment to sustainability and efficiency, spearheaded by a comprehensive energy infrastructure project. Under the guidance of Randall C. Hardy, director, Physical Plant, the university is transitioning from steam to a district water system for heating and cooling. This pivotal shift, aimed at reducing the campus’ carbon footprint and promoting energy efficiency, began in January of 2022, and is scheduled to be completed by June 30th. This initiative underscores Hampton University’s dedication to fostering a cleaner, greener campus.

 “These upgrades represent the university’s commitment to excellence, innovation, and sustainability, setting a new benchmark for higher learning institutions across the nation,” said Hardy.

Traditional steam plant heating systems, which have been in use for over a century, rely heavily on fossil fuels, Hardy explained. These systems burn coal, oil, or natural gas to generate steam, which is then distributed throughout the campus to provide heat. While effective, this process is energy-intensive and releases significant amounts of carbon dioxide and other pollutants into the atmosphere.

By contrast, a district water system for heating and cooling uses water as a medium to transfer thermal energy. This system can be integrated with renewable energy sources such as solar or geothermal power, drastically reducing reliance on fossil fuels. For Hampton University, this means a substantial decrease in carbon emissions by at least 60 percent, according to the United Nations Environment Programme, aligning with global efforts to combat climate change.

This increased efficiency translates into significant cost savings for the university. Reduced energy consumption lowers utility bills, freeing up financial resources that can be redirected towards academic programs, scholarships, and other campus improvements.

Walking around campus it is evident that Hampton University is embarking upon a new era.

“These efforts were not just about aesthetics or infrastructure; they were a crucial investment in our students’ success and well-being,” said Inman. “A modern, well-maintained campus directly impacts student morale, recruitment, and retention, offering an environment that is conducive to learning, research, and personal growth.”

Wireless Upgrade

In addition to building upgrades, Hampton University has achieved a significant milestone by upgrading its wireless infrastructure from 10G to 100G, placing the institution among an elite group of just ten Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) that have reached this level of technological advancement. This upgrade marks a significant step forward in enhancing the university’s capabilities to support cutting-edge research, academic excellence, and a more connected campus experience.

The transition to 100G wireless infrastructure comes at a crucial time as universities across the nation are increasingly relying on high-speed internet to facilitate remote learning, digital collaboration, and access to vast online resources.

“Upgrading to 100G is a game-changer for Hampton University,” said Dr. Adebisi Oladipupo, vice president for Information Technology. “It ensures that our students and faculty have access to the fastest and most reliable internet speeds, which is essential for academic research, online learning, and staying connected in today’s digital age. This upgrade not only enhances our current capabilities but also positions us for future growth and innovation.”

The new 100G infrastructure will support a wide range of applications and services, from high-definition video conferencing to data-intensive research projects. It will enable seamless connectivity for students and faculty, whether they are on campus or engaging in remote learning. This upgrade is part of Hampton University’s broader strategy to invest in state-of-the-art technology that enhances the overall educational experience and prepares students for success in a rapidly evolving digital landscape.

President Williams explained that the upgrades and improvements are a testament to Hampton University’s unwavering belief in the potential of every Hamptonian, “and our commitment to providing them with the best possible environment to discover, learn, and thrive.” “By investing in state-of-the-art facilities and advanced technological resources, we are setting a new standard for excellence in education,” said President Williams. “This is more than an investment in our campus; it’s an investment in our future leaders who deserve the best we can provide. We look forward to seeing the positive impact these improvements will have on our community and are excited about the future of Hampton University.”

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Hampton University Marks a Milestone with 665 Degrees Conferred at the 154th Commencement Ceremony

Record-breaking 36 Doctoral Candidates Honored During Weekend Celebration

Hampton, Va. (May 12, 2024) – Hampton University proudly conferred degrees to over 665 graduates at its 154th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 12th, a historic event that included the university’s youngest graduate to date, and the largest group of doctoral degrees. This year’s ceremony not only celebrated academic achievements but also the resilience and adaptability of the Class of 2024, who navigated the transition from virtual to in-person learning environments.

In his address to the graduates, Hampton University President Darrell K. Williams highlighted the successes of this graduating class whose members have won regional and national awards, spoke and sang at the White House, presented research papers at national conferences and earned full-ride scholarships to pursue advanced degrees, received jobs at Fortune 500 companies. President Williams emphasized the importance of becoming servant leaders who will build and restore communities across the nation and the world.

A Symbol of Hampton Brilliance

“We celebrate not just your academic achievements, but also your profound impact on our community and the world at large,” said President Williams. “You are a symbol of our institutional success, our Hamptonian brilliance, and a manifestation of our ‘Standard of Excellence.’

The Commencement Keynote Speaker, Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley, social justice advocate and pastor of the 10,000-member megachurch Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia, delivered an impassioned speech that inspired the graduates to take active roles in shaping the future.

“Today marks the beginning of your obligation to shape the post-COVID world that is evolving and devolving at the same time,” Wesley stated. In his awe-inspiring speech, Wesley, an Urban One Network radio host recently named as one of the top 100 most influential African Americans in the nation by The Root, quoted a recent Kendrick Lamar tune and cited lines from John Singleton’s 1991 blockbuster, “Boyz n the Hood.” He told the graduates, before a packed Convocation Center, to care about what is going on in the world around them and to use their degrees for more than their own prosperity.  

“Your degree is not only a blessing for you but it should also be a blessing to someone else,” said Wesley. “When you decide to walk in your intelligence, when you decide to let every boardroom know that you are a proud Hampton grad, when you rise above mediocrity and declare that ok [isn’t] ok, when you walk in excellence and determine that ‘good enough’ [isn’t] good enough you will change this world by showing them the God-given intelligence that is within you to shape and change this world.”

Wesley further motivated the graduates by reminding them of their unique journeys and responsibilities, and that their loved ones have prayed, sacrificed and gave up so much for the graduates to reach this momentous occasion.

Ancestors’ Dreams

“You are the dreams of your ancestors,” said Wesley. “Show them who you are. Class of 2024, go change the world.”

During the ceremony, President Williams awarded the 2024 Alumnus-at-Large Award to Former Dean of Student Life, Jewel Long, who served Hampton University for 54 years in various capacities. Additionally, Attorney Jaaye Person-Lynn, class of 2004, was honored with the Twenty-Year Alumnus Award, highlighting the ongoing legacy of Hampton’s alumni in making significant contributions to society.

Hampton University Sophomore Kevin Casey, the first male student poet in the university’s history, recited a moving poem entitled, “Boys by the Sea,” one student’s reflection on the journey from boyhood to manhood.

This year’s graduates have demonstrated exceptional resilience, having adapted to online classes and virtual platforms before transitioning back to face-to-face education. For many, this commencement ceremony was their first public graduation, marking a significant and joyous occasion in their academic journey.

Hampton University continues to uphold its Standard of Excellence, fostering an environment where students not only pursue academic excellence but also contribute meaningfully to their communities and the world.

ABOUT HAMPTON UNIVERSITY

Hampton University, a dynamic historically Black institution with a legacy of excellence in education, research, and community service, provides a nurturing and empowering environment for students to thrive academically and personally. Founded in 1868, Hampton emphasizes a scientific and professional curriculum with a strong liberal arts undergirding, offering a broad range of technical, liberal arts and graduate degree programs. With a commitment to inclusion and innovation, Hampton continues to be a beacon of educational leadership in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Named “Best Private College” in Virginia, HU is a tightly-knit community of learners and educators representing 49 states and 35 territories and nations. With a commitment to fostering intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and global citizenship, Hampton University prepares students to thrive in an ever-changing world. Visit www.hamptonu.edu.

For media inquiries, please contact Sarita Scott, in the Office of University Relations, at 757.727.5253.

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Hampton University to Host Reflective Discussion on 70th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education Landmark Decision

Elected officials, Educators and other Thought Leaders Gather to Consider the Impact of U.S.  Supreme Court Decision Declaring “Separate but Equal” in Public Schools Unconstitutional

Hampton, Va. (May 9, 2024) – Hampton University President Darrell K. Williams partners with Attorney General Jason Miyares, Congressman Bobby Scott, and former Gov. Bob McDonnell to host an education forum in honor of the 70th Anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education landmark Supreme Court case that ended racial segregation in public schools in America, on Thursday, May 16th, from 4:15 PM to 6:00 PM at the Hampton University Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The Brown v. Board of Education ruling declared state laws establishing separate public schools for Black and white students to be unconstitutional, overturning the 1896 doctrine of racial segregation that was established in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Plessy v. Ferguson. The education forum will honor the Virginians who were pivotal in the Brown case and those who continue to lead efforts for educational equality.

 “It is a profound privilege for Hampton University to host this discussion on such a critical moment in our nation’s history,” said Hampton University President Darrell K. Williams. “Brown v. Board of Education is not just a legal landmark; it is a testament to a continuing journey towards educational equity and justice.   

“The moral authority of Brown dovetails with our core principles, our ongoing commitment to be a beacon of light and serve as a gateway of access to education for all. Institutions of higher education inherit the benefits and responsibility of this enduring and powerful legacy.   We are reminded daily of our responsibility to uphold these values, for our university and our nation.”

Because most of the plaintiffs were Virginians, the education forum will recognize the progress and challenges in educational equality and achievement since 1954 and discuss pathways for future improvement in Hampton Roads and all of Virginia.

“The 70th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education is an opportunity to remember the courage of Virginia’s own—75% of the plaintiffs were Virginians,” said Attorney General Jason Miyares. “Their relentless pursuit of justice, guided by legal giants like Oliver Hill and ignited by the bold spirit of Barbara Johns and the Moton students, didn’t just challenge segregation; they moved mountains. Their determination resulted in the lawsuit against Prince Edward County merging with Brown v. Board of Education, forever changing the course of Civil Rights history.

“Together, we will honor their legacy at Hampton University and discuss the state of education in Virginia today.”

Former Governor of Virginia and current member of Virginians for Reconciliation, Bob McDonnell, will also be present to share insights.

“It is my already hope that people will learn about the landmark 1954 United States Supreme Court case that struck down the horrible “separate but equal” ruling of a previous case, and usher in a new era of growing quality and equality in public schools,” said McDonnell. “I believe people will learn the important lessons of history, understand the progress and challenges of the last 70 years in making the ruling a reality, and address the all important question of what next for all of us to educate all of our children better to keep the country, strong and united.”

Attendees are encouraged to RSVP to reserve their seating at kyle@virginiansforreconciliation.com.

ABOUT HAMPTON UNIVERSITY

Hampton University, a dynamic historically Black institution with a legacy of excellence in education, research, and community service, provides a nurturing and empowering environment for students to thrive academically and personally. Founded in 1868, Hampton emphasizes a scientific and professional curriculum with a strong liberal arts undergirding, offering a broad range of technical, liberal arts and graduate degree programs. With a commitment to inclusion and innovation, Hampton continues to be a beacon of educational leadership in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Named “Best Private College” in Virginia, HU is a tightly-knit community of learners and educators representing 49 states and 35 territories and nations. With a commitment to fostering intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and global citizenship, Hampton University prepares students to thrive in an ever-changing world. Visit www.hamptonu.edu. For media inquiries, please contact Sarita Scott, in the Office of University Relations, at 757.727.5253.

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Hampton University Announces Expansion of Digital Footprint with Launch of New Online Degree Programs

One-Year MBA and Advanced Religious Studies Degrees Fuel a “Digital Renaissance,” Providing Accessible and Flexible Education to Learners Worldwide

Hampton, Va. (May 8, 2024) –   Hampton University is proud to announce a significant expansion of HamptonU Online, its acclaimed online education platform, by introducing a diverse array of new degree programs, including a streamlined one-year Master of Business Administration (MBA) and comprehensive degree offerings through the newly launched School of Religion.

These initiatives align with the goals of Hampton University’s 10-year strategic plan to elevate academic excellence by continuously expanding its academic inventory and providing accessible, affordable high-quality education that meets the needs of today’s workforce.

Hampton University has been navigating the digital world for 14 years, building on its legacy of excellence and by responding to the growing demand for online learning, and the evolving landscape of higher education. This digital renaissance has redefined academic success, making the discovery and discourse that happens within its prestigious halls accessible to students worldwide, regardless of their location.

“We are excited to expand our curriculum and the introduction of these programs marks a significant milestone for Hampton University,” said HU President Darrell K. Williams. “These additions are more than new degrees, they are new avenues for our students to explore, achieve, and contribute meaningfully to our global community.

“This transformative initiative is a testament to our dedication to providing a comprehensive educational experience that meets the evolving needs of our students and the demands of the modern workforce.”

HamptonU Online has recently been recognized as one of Virginia’s top affordable online colleges by Affordable Colleges Online. This accolade highlights the university’s dedication to affordability and accessibility in higher education.

New Degree Programs

The newly launched one-year MBA program is designed for professionals seeking to accelerate their careers without compromising their current job responsibilities. Alongside this, the School of Religion at Hampton University now offers degrees at multiple levels, including Associate in Theology, Bachelor in Religious Studies, Master’s degrees in Theological Studies and Worship Studies, and doctoral programs in Public Theology and Community Engagement, and Pastoral Leadership and Congregational Development. Students can expect a rigorous curriculum centered on theological approaches that compel leaders to modernize the interpretation of scripture, all while embracing long-standing hermeneutical principles.

“These programs are meticulously crafted to inspire and empower our students to lead with faith and wisdom in their communities, said University Chaplain and Founding Dean of the School of Religion, Rev. Dr. Debra L. Haggins. “Our curriculum bridges traditional hermeneutical principles with modern societal challenges, preparing leaders for meaningful engagement in today’s complex world.”

Prospective students can now apply for the new degree programs, which are delivered entirely online to provide maximum flexibility, by visiting hamptonu.edu/huonline. Financial aid is available for eligible students.

“Our expanded online offerings continue to set Hampton University apart in the realm of digital education,” said Aresta Johnson, Ph.D., Dean of University College. “We provide a supportive, engaging online learning environment that allows our students to succeed on their own terms, anytime and anywhere.”

“With these new programs, Hampton University is not just responding to market demands but also preparing visionary leaders who can adapt to and shape the future,” said President Williams. “This expansion represents a significant step forward in our mission to provide an education for life.”

For more information about the new online MBA and the expanded religious studies degree programs, please visit hamptonu.edu/huonline.

ABOUT HAMPTON UNIVERSITY

Hampton University, a dynamic historically Black institution with a legacy of excellence in education, research, and community service, provides a nurturing and empowering environment for students to thrive academically and personally. Founded in 1868, Hampton emphasizes a scientific and professional curriculum with a strong liberal arts undergirding, offering a broad range of technical, liberal arts and graduate degree programs. With a commitment to inclusion, innovation and community engagement, Hampton continues to be a beacon of educational leadership in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Named “Best Private College” in Virginia, HU is a tightly-knit community of learners and educators representing 49 states and 35 territories and nations. With a commitment to fostering intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and global citizenship, Hampton University prepares students to thrive in an ever-changing world. Visit www.hamptonu.edu.

For media inquiries or more information, please contact Sarita Scott in the Office of University Relations at 757-727-5253.

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Hampton University President Darrell K. Williams Appoints STEM Scholar and Fundraiser Betty H. Stewart, Ph.D. as New Executive Vice President & Provost

HU Sharpens Focus on Elevating Academic Excellence, Welcomes Celebrated Biochemist and Higher Education Powerhouse Dr. Betty H. Stewart

Hampton, Va. (May 2, 2024) –   Hampton University President Darrell K. Williams proudly announced today the appointment of Betty H. Stewart, Ph.D., as the new Executive Vice President and Provost, effective July 1, 2024.

With a distinguished career spanning 30 years in academia, Stewart brings a wealth of experience and a steadfast commitment to academic excellence to her new post, having served as provost at the University of North Texas at Dallas (UNT Dallas) where she spearheaded innovative initiatives in STEM and fostered a culture of collaboration and scholarly achievement.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Stewart and anticipate her building upon a reputation as a dynamic, cross-functional leader with a keen intellectual curiosity and the ability to drive our value proposition forward,” said President Williams. “I am confident she will make a substantial impact on our faculty and external stakeholders.”

Stewart, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Mississippi State and a Ph.D. in Protein Biochemistry, Biological Sciences from Carnegie-Mellon University, touts an exceptionally strong research profile. She is highly regarded for securing a $100 million allocation for a 150,000-sq. ft. building for minorities in STEM at UNT Dallas, creating offices of Sponsored Research and Undergraduate Research, a game-changing move that helped increase the institution’s research profile. 

A three-time tenured professor of chemistry at Austin College, Midwestern State University, and UNT Dallas, and a two-time provost/vice president for academic affairs, Stewart served as Fellow at the University of Texas Medical School, led the accreditation for ABET for Engineering Program, and helped obtain a $7 million partnership grant from JP Morgan Chase to support workforce development in north Texas. While at Midwestern State University, Stewart’s contributions to the sciences and STEM field were so significant that there is a lab named after her.

Leading through change, Stewart worked to bring much needed structure to the campus following a period of frequent turnover in administrative leadership positions, including five of six academic deans representing the College of Law, Graduate School, the Schools of Education, Business and Liberal Arts and Sciences. She established and promoted university traditions such as the first-year Ceremony of Lights, the Book Plating Ceremony for newly tenured faculty, and led all Commencement and Hooding ceremonies.

“In Dr. Stewart, Hampton has found a visionary leader who will continue to advance the university’s mission of academic excellence, student success, and community engagement,” said President Williams. “Dr. Stewart’s passion for higher education, commitment to student success, and dedication to nurturing the next generation of scholars align perfectly with our values and aspirations.”

INCLUSIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS AND EMPOWERING STUDENTS TO THRIVE FORM CORNERSTONE OF EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY

Stewart says she was inspired by experiences during an eight-week undergraduate research project at Carnegie Mellon University to pursue a doctoral degree in the sciences and a career in academia. She says empowering students to embrace discovery and problem-solving, and bridging the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application is at the heart of her educational philosophy. This commitment to fostering inclusive learning environments helps empower students to thrive.

“My passion lies in providing opportunities for student success, serving as a role model and mentor to guide them through their academic journey. I want to equip students with the tools to make informed decisions, fostering healthier lifestyles and well-being through education,” Stewart said.

“I hope to cultivate a culture of care and support within our university community, advocating for the success and happiness of students, faculty, and staff alike,” Stewart explained. “Whether it’s supporting faculty in their scholarly pursuits or assisting staff in their professional growth, my goal is to collaborate with our team to propel the university forward.”

The six-month executive search process, led by Diversified Search Group, was characterized by meticulous attention to detail and thoughtful consideration. “This process enabled us to connect with top leaders in this field, ensuring that we secure the best talent to advance our mission and elevate our institution to unprecedented levels,” remarked President Williams. The transition between academic provosts represents a pivotal moment in Hampton’s rich history, signifying a commitment to evolution and innovation in higher education.

“As we prepare to embark on this new chapter under Dr. Stewart’s esteemed leadership, we anticipate a future brimming with exciting opportunities and continued growth,” said President Williams. “With her visionary approach and dedication to academic excellence, Dr. Stewart will undoubtedly help steer Hampton University towards even greater heights, enriching the experiences of our students, faculty, and staff alike.

“Together, we eagerly anticipate the journey ahead, poised to make enduring contributions to our institution and the broader academic community.”

ABOUT HAMPTON UNIVERSITY

Hampton University, a dynamic historically Black institution with a legacy of excellence in education, research, and community service, provides a nurturing and empowering environment for students to thrive academically and personally. Founded in 1868, Hampton emphasizes a scientific and professional curriculum with a strong liberal arts undergirding, offering a broad range of technical, liberal arts and graduate degree programs. With a commitment to inclusion, innovation and community engagement, Hampton continues to be a beacon of educational leadership in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Named “Best Private College” in Virginia, HU is a tightly-knit community of learners and educators representing 49 states and 35 territories and nations. With a commitment to fostering intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and global citizenship, Hampton University prepares students to thrive in an ever-changing world. Visit www.hamptonu.edu.

For media inquiries or more information, please contact Richelle Payne, vice president for strategic communications and marketing, Hampton University Office of University Relations, 757-727-5253.

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Hampton University Announces Retirement of Executive Vice President and Provost JoAnn Haysbert, Ed.D.

HU Community Celebrates the Enduring Legacy of a Trailblazer in Higher Education

Hampton, Va. (April 30, 2024) –                Today, Hampton University President Darrell K. Williams announced the retirement of Dr. JoAnn Haysbert, executive vice president and provost, effective June 30, 2024, concluding a remarkable and illustrious 53-year career in education and 38 years of dedicated service to the institution.

Haysbert’s tenure has been marked by exemplary leadership, unwavering dedication, and transformative contributions to the academic community. For more than three decades, she has played a pivotal role in shaping the institution’s academic landscape, leaving an indelible legacy of excellence and innovation.

Recently named to the list of “Top 25 Women Making a Difference in the World of Academia” by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine, among other notable accolades, Haysbert is a prolific grant writer and fundraiser, securing both public and private funds and spearheading numerous initiatives. She has served in several key positions, including acting president, provost, assistant provost, professor and coordinator of graduate programs in education, dean of freshman studies, assistant vice president for academic affairs, director of summer sessions, and director of the assessment and learning support center.

“Dr. Haysbert’s distinguished career at Hampton University is a testament to her profound dedication and exemplary leadership,” said President Williams. “Having served our institution for 38 years in various capacities, her retirement marks the end of an era. Dr. Haysbert’s contributions have been invaluable, and her legacy will undoubtedly influence generations to come. We are deeply grateful for her enduring commitment and visionary guidance.”

A graduate of Johnson C. Smith University and Auburn University, Haysbert was selected to participate in the prestigious Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Institute for Educational Management. Her career spans positions at Virginia State University, Auburn University, and Alexander City State Junior College, and her impact on academia is profound and far-reaching. She served as 15th and first female president of Langston University, from 2005-2011, making her the first African American female president of any institution of higher education in the state of Oklahoma.

Reflecting on her time at the helm of the institution’s academic enterprise, Haysbert expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve the university community and extended heartfelt appreciation to faculty, staff, and students for their unwavering support and dedication.

“Leading, mentoring, and championing the work of our esteemed faculty has been the honor of a lifetime, and I am immensely proud of all that we have achieved together,” she said. “I am confident HU will continue to thrive and uphold its commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and service, and to innovate in the disciplines and industries where our student will be prepared to take on upon graduation.

“After 38 rewarding years at Hampton University, retiring is bittersweet,” said Haysbert. “It has been a privilege to serve an institution so committed to excellence and to work alongside colleagues and students who inspire me daily. As I step into this new chapter, I carry with me cherished memories and pride in what we have achieved together. I look forward to seeing the continued success of Hampton University and its remarkable community.”

Haysbert said she attributes the tremendous level of success and longevity of her career to her “unwavering belief and trust in God.”

Plans for a series of events to honor her contributions and legacy are underway.

ABOUT HAMPTON UNIVERSITY

Hampton University, a dynamic historically Black institution with a legacy of excellence in education, research, and community service, provides a nurturing and empowering environment for students to thrive academically and personally. Founded in 1868, Hampton emphasizes a scientific and professional curriculum with a strong liberal arts undergirding, offering a broad range of technical, liberal arts and graduate degree programs. With a commitment to inclusion and innovation, Hampton continues to be a beacon of educational leadership in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Named “Best Private College” in Virginia, HU is a tightly-knit community of learners and educators representing 49 states and 35 territories and nations. With a commitment to fostering intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and global citizenship, Hampton University prepares students to thrive in an ever-changing world. Visit www.hamptonu.edu.

For media inquiries, please contact Richelle Payne, vice president for strategic communications and marketing, in the Office of University Relations, at 757.727.5253.

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Sandra Evers-Manly Wows Hampton University Students with Inspirational Speech; Tops it Off with $100,000 Gift to Scripps Howard School of Journalism & Communications

(HAMPTON, VA) – In the spirit of her civil rights family and renowned cousin, Medgar Evers, Sandra Evers-Manly on April 24, wowed Hampton University students with an inspired speech promoting the benefits of hard work, self-worth, and other successful living tips. She then topped it off by pledging a $100,000 donation to the HU Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

“We were so honored to have Ms. Evers-Manly visit our campus as a guest of my JAC 454 Civil Rights Era and the media class,” said SHSJC Dean Julia Wilson. “Not only is she a highly successful Black woman who climbed the challenging corporate ladder of a major U.S. aeronautics defense contractor, she is a remarkable motivational speaker with a caring and generous spirit. Her intelligence and commitment to education, self-empowerment, and social justice truly honors the powerful legacy of her famous cousin, the late Medgar Evers, one of America’s great civil rights pioneers.”

“Ms. Evers-Manly’s speech and life-story anecdotes moved our school to cheers, applause and joyful tears,” Wilson continued.

Following her speech, Evers-Manly fielded journalism students’ questions about her career and life’s journey. She also advised her young audience to: “Always give back; what you put in, is what you get out. Giving is how you can change the world and continue your legacy.”

“And then, true to her words, she really floored us,” Wilson said. “She handed me a check for $10,000, as a down payment on her $100,000 pledge. We deeply appreciate her generous gift and will put it to excellent use in our school to benefit our students.”

After the event, Evers-Manly and Dean Wilson visited HU President Darrell K. Williams and Board of Trustee Member E.D. “Buddy” David, who thanked Evers-Manly for her surprise contribution to the SHSJC school.

Evers-Manly’s famous ancestor and cousin Medgar Evers, was a major force in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. A close friend and colleague of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Evers emerged as the NAACP’s first field secretary. Unlike Dr. King who pushed for racial equality and opportunity across the U.S., Evers focused on his civil rights work in his home state of Mississippi. He led boycotts of white-owned businesses there, that refused to serve Black customers. He also fought tirelessly to end segregation and led voter registration drives of Mississippi’s Black population. Tragically, shortly after midnight on June12, 1963, Evers, only 37 years of age, was fatally wounded in the driveway of his home by an assassin, identified many years later as a member of an all-white racist group.

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About Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

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Hampton University Announces Partnership with the Public Service Education Institute to Launch a $500,000 Endowed Fund for Student Internships

Hampton, Va. (April 30, 2024) –    Hampton University is excited to announce a transformative collaboration with the Public Service Education Institute (PSEI) to establish a $500,000 endowed fund aimed at supporting internships for students within federal, state, and local government agencies.

The creation of this fund, approved by the PSEI Board of Directors and facilitated through the Hampton University Foundation, underscores a shared commitment to fostering excellence and providing practical experiences in public service sectors.

“This initiative will significantly enhance our ability to prepare students for meaningful careers in public service by easing the financial burdens often associated with unpaid internships,” said Hampton University President Darrell K. Williams. “We are proud to partner with Graduate School USA’s PSEI to invest in the future of our students and public service.”

Bessie Willis, director of the Hampton University Career Center, expressed enthusiasm about the opportunities this endowment will bring to Hampton University students.

“Thanks to this generous fund, our students can engage in internships without the financial strain of housing and travel expenses,” said Willis. “Our partnership with PSEI is a win for Hampton University students and a model for how institutions can collaborate to support the next generation of public service leaders.”

The fund will provide eligible Hampton University students with up to $5,000 to help cover expenses related to their internship experiences, including housing and travel. This financial assistance is designed to remove barriers that may prevent students from taking advantage of internship opportunities and to facilitate a smooth transition from academic studies to impactful employment.

ABOUT HAMPTON UNIVERSITY

Hampton University, a dynamic historically Black institution with a legacy of excellence in education, research, and community service, provides a nurturing and empowering environment for students to thrive academically and personally. Founded in 1868, Hampton emphasizes a scientific and professional curriculum with a strong liberal arts undergirding, offering a broad range of technical, liberal arts and graduate degree programs. With a commitment to inclusion and innovation, Hampton continues to be a beacon of educational leadership in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Named “Best Private College” in Virginia, HU is a tightly-knit community of learners and educators representing 49 states and 35 territories and nations. With a commitment to fostering intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and global citizenship, Hampton University prepares students to thrive in an ever-changing world. Visit www.hamptonu.edu.

For media inquiries, please contact Richelle Payne, vice president for strategic communications and marketing, in the Office of University Relations, at 757.727.5253.

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Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications Awards $121,000 in Scholarships to 20 Students during Student Town Hall Meeting

(HAMPTON, VA) – Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications presented $121,000 in scholarship awards to 20 deserving students on April 24, during a Student Town Hall meeting in the Robert P. Scripps auditorium. The scholarships are funded by donations from three of the school’s prominent partners:the White House Correspondents’ Association, Spotify and the Scripps Howard Fund.

The commitment and financial support of these media groups reflect their dedication to the next generation of diverse journalists and public relations professionals,” said SHSJC Dean Julia A. Wilson. “These scholarships enable our students to focus on their academic work and fine-tune their creative skills, as they prepare for jobs and careers in the highly competitive global marketplace.”

Tyra Ware, a fourth-year journalism major and co-executive producer of the school’s WHOV-TV, received the White House Correspondents’ Association scholarship and a ticket enabling her to attend that group’s prestigious annual dinner on April 27 in Washington, D.C. where President Joe Biden participated in the program.

Spotify scholarships went to first-year students Nyla Adams and HoneyRose Smith, both journalism majors; second-year students Caitlyn Fitzpatrick and Trinity Polk, journalism majors and Sophia Guerra, strategic communication major; third-year students Bella May, journalism major, and Ayan Harris, strategic communication major; and fourth-year students Samiyah Hall, Isaac Harris and Riana Ward, all strategic communication majors.

Scripps Howard Endowed Fund scholarship recipients include: first-year students HoneyRose Smith and Jasmine Thomas, journalism majors, and Alessandra Garron, strategic communication major; second-year students Cheyenne Brown, Jordyn Isaacs and Brooklyn Lewis, journalism majors, and Reagan Carter and Sophia Guerra, strategic communication majors; third-year student Morgan Harris, journalism major; and fourth-year students Sydney McCall, journalism major, Samiyah Hall and Kassidy McGill, strategic communication majors.

Approximately 100 students attended the final meeting of the school’s student body and faculty for the 2023 – 2024 academic year. As part of the program, the students with the highest GPAs were recognized and inducted into the Kappa Tau Alpha honor society for journalism and communications.

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About Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

The Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications is committed to preparing its students with a high-quality and well-rounded education for global careers in journalism and strategic communications. SHSJC emphasizes accuracy, balance, fairness, integrity and high ethical standards of excellence through journalism and strategic communications. The Scripps Howard brand is internationally renowned as an educational foundation that promotes, supports and enables aspiring journalists.

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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.

ABOUT HAMPTON UNIVERSITY

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.

For media inquiries, please contact Sarita Scott in the Office of University Relations, at 757.727.5253.

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Hampton University Announced President’s Cup Winner and Recognized 52 Students at 49th Annual Honors Day

Alumnus Clayton Bond Tells Hampton University Students to Reach Beyond the Stars

Hampton, VA – April 10, 2024 –Hampton University proudly announced Lailah Daniel as the winner of the 2024 President’s Cup and recognized 52 additional students at the 49th Honors Day Ceremony.

Daniel is a senior scholar-athlete who has shown unparalleled dedication both in her academics and on the soccer field. As captain of the university soccer team and a major in Health Sciences & Policy Administration, Daniel has exemplified what it means to be a leader and a committed scholar. Her achievements extend beyond the campus as she is set to continue her studies at Johns Hopkins University.

“Lailah Daniel has shown exceptional leadership, commitment, and academic prowess during her time here at Hampton,” said Hampton University President Darrell K. Williams. “She represents the best of our university and is a deserving recipient of this year’s President’s Cup.”

The honors day ceremony also celebrated the academic achievements of a total of 52 distinguished honors students, with departmental awards from each of the eight schools on campus.

Hampton University was graced by the presence and wisdom of its internationally renowned alumnus, Clayton Bond, J.D ‘98. As the senior advisor for Diplomatic Fellowships at the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center, Howard University, Bond shared an empowering message with the honors college students: the sky is not the limit.

Reflecting on his own journey from being an honors student at Hampton University to achieving remarkable academic heights, Bond’s story is one of relentless ambition and dedication. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Oxford, where he was a proud Fulbright scholar, and has furthered his education at Harvard University’s School of Government. Bond’s legal expertise is fortified by his Juris Doctorate from the Northwestern California University School of Law.

Beyond his academic and professional pursuits, Bond is deeply committed to philanthropy and service. He shared personal insights from his experiences, emphasizing the importance of risk-taking, serving others, and living life to its fullest potential.

“Dream no small dreams,” Bond stated, underscoring the exceptional caliber of Hampton honors students and their promising futures.

Hampton University continues to foster an environment where students thrive through rigorous academic challenges and robust extracurricular engagement. The Honors Day Celebration not only recognizes the accomplishments of its students but also reaffirms the university’s commitment to excellence.

ABOUT HAMPTON UNIVERSITY

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.

For media inquiries, please contact Sarita Scott in the Office of University Relations, at 757.727.5253.

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Amazon Awards 52 Hampton University School of Business Students with Scholarships

Hampton, VA – April 2, 2024 –In a significant initiative to foster educational opportunities and prepare students for the digital age, Amazon has awarded 52 scholarships totaling $100,000 to students of the Hampton University School of Business. This collaboration signifies Amazon’s commitment to nurturing young talent and promoting digital literacy among the next generation of business leaders.

The partnership between Amazon and the Hampton University Department of Marketing aims to equip students with the necessary skills to thrive in the rapidly evolving digital landscape. As part of this endeavor, students continue to participate in Amazon’s digital certification course, providing them with invaluable insights and practical knowledge.

“We are grateful to Amazon and look forward to the opportunities this collaboration brings to our students,” said Hampton University President Darrell K. Williams. “These scholarships will encourage our students to excel in the digital economy and make meaningful contributions to the business world.”

Ziette Hayes, Ph.D., dean of the Hampton University School of Business, emphasized the significance of this collaboration.

 “The support from Amazon underscores our commitment to providing our students with access to cutting-edge resources and opportunities,” said Hayes. “These scholarships will undoubtedly open doors for our students and pave the way for their success in the digital realm.”

Leading the initiative from the Department of Marketing, Vahwere Kavota, Ph.D., department chair, expressed his gratitude towards Amazon for recognizing the potential of Hampton University students.

 “We are honored to partner with Amazon in preparing our students for the future of business,” said Kavota. “This collaboration exemplifies our shared vision of fostering innovation and excellence in education.”

The scholarships awarded by Amazon represent a milestone in the ongoing efforts to bridge the gap between academia and industry, empowering students to thrive in a competitive global marketplace.

ABOUT HAMPTON UNIVERSITY

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.

For media inquiries, please contact Sarita Scott in the Office of University Relations, at 757.727.5253.

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