Letter to the Hampton University Community

Dear Hampton University Community:

As we approach the Thanksgiving season, so much is changing across the learning environment, and I want to sincerely thank all who helped Hampton University meet this challenge. Many colleges and universities, large and small, public and private, are beset by money woes, forced closings, staff layoffs, and growing financial needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although we are not out of the woods yet, Hampton has been fortunate. So many of you have played an important role in Hampton’s goal to weather the COVID- 19 pandemic, and I can never thank you enough.

My thanks are also extended to those individuals, organizations, and corporations that have supported us over the past year with outside funding in the form of grants and gifts. We have received $41,761,951 million from private sources, including MacKenzie Scott, Southern Company, Dominion Energy, Thermo-Fisher, Peloton, Ernst & Young, Lily Endowment Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mellon Foundation, NBC Universal, Truist Bank, Amazon Robotics, and over $3.5 million from our wonderful alumni. Since January, we have also received $49,850,736 million in funding from various federal agencies. These contributions have aided us significantly during these difficult financial times.

What makes these donations and fundraising results even more noteworthy is the fact that they occurred during the national and world-wide COVID-19 pandemic. For their generosity, I am profoundly grateful to the donors. I also wholeheartedly thank and appreciate the faculty, staff, and administrators for their hard work, dedication, and intellectual prowess in securing funds for their research and grant-writing interests.

Outlined below is information pertaining to how the University is utilizing the funds we received to meet Hampton’s needs and support our mission.

Academic Buildings

DuPont HalUpgrading 8 biology labs to include flooring, ceilings, cabinetry, scientific equipment
Freeman HalExterior brick tuck-pointing and repairs
Research Center IICOVID-19 Testing Center
Turner HallUpgrading 8 chemistry and biochemistry labs to include flooring, ceilings, cabinetry, window replacements, 14 computers, equipment, water purification system
Buckman HallSchool of Business Finance Lab/Rotunda Stock Ticker, window replacements
Phenix HallPorch columns renovations
Instructional ClassroomsInfrastructure, Promethean boards, equipment, and software

Academic Programs

Communicative Sciences & DisordersRenovation in audiology lab, equipment and computers in Speech, Language Pathology labs and diagnostic labs
Marine & Environmental Lab SciencesLab benches, sink and equipment
MathematicsComputers, 2 wall mounts and monitors
Physical Therapy7 computers, 2 Promethean boards, patient simulators, 5 iPads and software
Physics7 laptops, 1 Promethean board, new experimental setups, upgrade of wireless instrumentation
NursingSimulation lab
JournalismOverhaul of computer labs
Computer ScienceOverhaul of computer labs

Residence Halls

All Residence HallsBottle Filter Stations, printers, toilet lids, bulletin boards
DuBois HallHVAC replacement and renovations in the bathrooms on the1st through 5th floors
Winona HallBathroom renovations, rooftop solar panels
Moton HallWindow replacements, roof replacement
McGrew TowersHVAC replacement
Virginia Cleveland HallFloor repairs, renovations to bathrooms and residence rooms (K, L, and N)
Kennedy HallRepairs to room 203
CEC HallBathroom renovations
Stone BuildingStructural repairs, bathroom renovations

Other Facilities

Softball StadiumInstallation of artificial turf
Armstrong StadiumTraining and weight room
Katharine HouseRooftop solar panels


Student Scholarships250 – $1,000 Scholarships
Student Scholarships250 – $1,000 Legacy Student Scholarships
Student Scholarships$5 Million for Quasi-Endowment Scholarships
Emergency Fund$1 Million for students


Proton Therapy InstituteQuasi-Endowment
Faculty and Staff BonusesQuasi-Endowment
Emergency Fund$1 Million for faculty and staff
Salary Increases2% for faculty and staff beginning January 2021


Student Success CenterAcademic advisors
Grants ManagementFull-time grant writers
Technology UpgradesInfrastructure, equipment, and software

Thus far, the total spend on the above items is $35,937,613. Receiving these funds has been a blessing because they have allowed us to support student scholarships, upgrade academic laboratories and other facilities, initiate projects and programs as well as complete campus upgrades in technology and the physical plant. I am confident that the work supported by these donations will further enhance Hampton’s reputation as THE Standard of Excellence.

With all good wishes,

/s/ William R. Harvey