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Across our seven (7) schools, undergraduate and graduate students can choose from more than 45 majors and concentrations, from Criminology/Criminal Justice to Social Work, from Visual Arts (Music or Theatre) to Entrepreneur Management, from Cybersecurity to Secondary Education, and much more.

For 157 years, Virginia Union University has offered an outstanding education and developed leaders who shine in the workforce, in their communities, and throughout the world. Our “Quest for the Best” begins with our students. Your success is proof of the strength and greatness of our university.

"Our faculty and staff will give you their full support and attention because they pride themselves on the close and personal connections they form with students. Everyone in the VUU community strives to promote the highest levels of academic achievement.

As you explore our university, please let us know how we can help. Your success is our success, and we look forward to learning about your many future accomplishments.

I am happy you have chosen VUU to guide you towards success in the future. I encourage you to stay focused, study hard, and experience “The Power of a Limitless Future” that can only be offered at Virginia Union University."

Hakim J. Lucas, Ph.D
13th President & CEO of Virginia Union University,
Executive Director of the Center for the Study of HBCUs


About Dr. Hakim J. Lucas

He is a strong advocate for student-driven policies and the inclusiveness of students and faculty in developing and implementing the university’s strategic plan. He is also a strong believer in the importance and significance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and works to ensure their viable sustainability. With more than two decades of experience in higher education, Dr. Lucas’ success includes fundraising, strategic planning, and the engagement and retention of students in challenging educational experiences.

Dr. Lucas earned a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College, a master’s degree in teaching (History) from Tufts University, an Executive MBA from Stetson University, and a Master of Divinity (Church History) from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University. He earned his doctoral degree in education from Fordham University. He is a transcendent leader who has chosen education as his form of advocating for social justice. As such, he is active with several advisory councils and organizations including Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Prince Hall Free Masonry, and 100 Black Men. As a leader in the research of HBCUs, Dr. Lucas is the editor-in-chief of a series of publications on HBCUs for Information Age Publishing. He is also a senior research fellow with the Southern Education Foundation. In 2019, his latest book was published titled Not For Ourselves Alone: Legacies of Two Pioneers of Black Higher Education in the United States.

Board of Trustees

Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson '79
‍Chairman of the Board

Pastor, Grace Baptist Church

Dr. Roland E. Moore ’69 ,
Vice Chairman of the Board, Retired Dean
J. Sargeant Reynolds

Ms. Necole Parker ’93,
‍Secretary of the Board
Principal/CEO, ELOCEN Group, LLC

Ms. Jeannie P. Baliles
Founder and Chairman
Virginia Literacy Foundation

Lawrence P. Bancroft
President & CEO
Bivium Capital Partners

Kenya Blake
Managing Director/General Manager
Horizon Innovations

Dr. Darran Tyrone Brandon, Sr. ‘14
Virginia Baptist State Convention

Dr. Lucille M. Brown ’50
Retired Superintendent
Richmond Public Schools

Rev. Milton P. Bunting '09
Baptist General Convention of VA

Mr. Tyrone E. Dickerson
Tyrone E Dickerson CPA PLC

Carolyn Jacobs
Retired Guidance Coordinator
Richmond Public Schools

Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr.
President Emeritus
Livingstone College, North Carolina

Darius A. Johnson
Vice President/Treasurer
Dominion Energy

Mr. Kenneth M. Jones, II
Vice President/Chief Financial Officer
MacArthur Foundation

Dr. Hakim J. Lucas
President & CEO

Virginia Union University

N. Scott Phillips Esq '83
Legal and Business
Consultant Services, LLC

Dr. Pamela Kiecker Royall
Head of Research
EAB Enrollment
Services (formerly Royall & Company)

Rev. Dr. Lance D. Watson
Senior Pastor
St. Paul's Baptist Church
Richmond, VA

Dr. Howard-John Wesley
Alfred Street Baptist Church

Ms. An’Jou C. White ‘87
VUU National Alumni Association

Dr. Theron Williams '83,'86
Mt. Carmel Church

Honorary Trustees
The Honorable Walter E. Fauntroy 55, Mr. Sidney Poitier, Dr. Frank Royal '61 (Chairman Emeritus), Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. (Trustee Emeritus), & Mr. Steve D. Bullock '59 (Vice Chairman Emeritus)
  *Note: The year indicates year of graduation from the University.

Executive Leadership Circle