Sydney Lewis School of Business Shines Spotlight on Admired Educator Dr. Lucille Brown and VUU Hall of Famer Willie Lanier at Annual Leadership Luncheon

October 03, 2023

Richmond, VA – [October 3, 2023] – The Sydney Lewis School of Business at Virginia Union University is set to host the prestigious Ruth Coles Harris Leadership Luncheon on October 7, 2023, at 11:30 AM. This year's leadership luncheon promises to be an unforgettable occasion, recognizing admired and revered educator Dr. Lucille Brown and accomplished NFL retiree and VUU Hall of Famer Willie Lanier for enduring impact on their communities. The event underscores the values cherished by Dr. Ruth Coles Harris – leadership, innovation, and community engagement.  

The luncheon is a powerful tribute to Dr. Harris's pioneering contributions to academia and the accounting profession. As an esteemed accounting professor at VUU and the inaugural director of the Sydney Lewis School of Business, Dr. Harris left an indelible mark on her students and faculty. Upon her retirement in 1997, Dr. Harris was bestowed with the title of Distinguished Professor Emerita in recognition of her unwavering dedication and transformative leadership. Her enduring impact on the university is evident through the establishment of the Ruth Coles Harris Leadership Institute, a living testament to her commitment to nurturing capable and visionary leaders in business.  

Dr. Lester Reid, Executive Director of The Ruth Coles Harris Leadership Institute, remarked, "Dr. Ruth Coles Harris showed us that barriers can be overcome, dreams realized, and one individual can profoundly impact many lives. Today, we honor her legacy and pledge to carry forward her leadership, education, and community engagement vision."  

The Sydney Lewis School of Business is privileged to continue Dr. Harris's legacy. It eagerly anticipates celebrating the achievements of remarkable leaders in the business community at the Ruth Coles Harris Leadership Luncheon.