Virginia Union University Celebrates Founders Day & 155th Anniversary on February 7, 2020

January 30, 2020

Contact: Pamela Cox AVP Brand Marketing & Strategic Communications

Virginia Union University

Office: (804) 257-5856 Cell: (804) 937-7936


(Richmond, VA) - Virginia Union University will hold its Founders Day Convocation on Friday, February 7, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in the Allix B. James Chapel in Coburn Hall. This year’s celebration will be special as the university recognizes its 155th Anniversary. The keynote speaker will be Virginia Delegate Luke E. Torian, 52nd District. In January 2020, he became the first African American in Virginia’s history to serve as Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

“Virginia Union University has much to celebrate and we are thankful that, our alumnus, Del. Torian will be with us. He is a shining example of the type of leader, both locally and nationally, that have graduated from VUU,” said Dr. Hakim Lucas, President & CEO of Virginia Union University. “We are the only HBCU in the City of Richmond and a pillar of our community for 155 years. Much like our mission then, we continue to empower students while providing a nurturing intellectually challenging and spiritually enriching environment for learning.”

Delegate Torian is the Pastor of First Mount Zion Baptist Church in Dumfries, VA, serving a congregation of 4500 members. He is the founder of Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE), an organization dedicated to bringing people together to make positive change. His dedication to ministry, leadership and community service has been recognized through numerous awards including the James Floyd Jenkins Pillar of Faith Award from Howard University in 2002; the Virginia Education Association’s Solid as a Rock Award; and the 2018 Political Leadership Award from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.

Since 2009, he has represented the 52nd district in the Virginia House of Delegates with a constituency of approximately 80,000 citizens in Prince William County. Del. Torian is responsible for the passage of legislation that: improved education and criminal justice policies; promoted security in retirement; benefited the lives of veterans and their dependents; and enhanced the well-being of individuals in assisted living facilities.

Following the Founders Day Convocation, Dr. Lucas will lead a special unveiling recognize VUU’s 155th Anniversary and to commemorate the life, legacy and history of our historic university.

Media should contact Pam Cox at phcox@vuu.edu or (804) 937-7936 for more information or to cover this event.


About Virginia Union University

Virginia Union University is a premier liberal arts urban institution of higher education and center of excellence for the preparation of students and the development of leaders for tomorrow’s world. It was founded in 1865 to give newly emancipated slaves an opportunity for education and advancement. Virginia Union University offers a broad range of educational opportunities that advances liberal arts education, teaching, research, science, technology, continuing education, civic engagement, and international experiences. Visit https://www.vuu.edu for more information.