Virginia Union University President Discusses Future of HBCUs Post COVID-19

May 12, 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 President Dr. Hakim Lucas joined the Higher Education Leadership Foundation (H.E.L.F.) for a live webcast, The Global Pandemic and the HBCU, on Tuesday, May 12. Dr Lucas and Bennett College President Dr. Suzanne Elise Walsh were guest panelist for the topic, “A New Normal: Now is the time to reimagine the current higher education business model.” The live discussion was moderated by Wiley College President Dr. Herman Felton and H.E.L.F. Founder Dr. Melva Williams, who is vice-chancellor of Southern University New Orleans and Southern University Shreveport.  

“HBCUs are overcoming the upset left in the wake of the coronavirus,” said Lucas. “The narrative around historically black colleges and universities has been minimal and we wanted to share the resiliency of our HBCUs during this global pandemic.” 

A robust conversation was had by these innovative educational leaders which you may want to share with your online viewers. Click here to view the discussion. You can learn more about: 

  • How students are coping during the pandemic. 

  • How HBCUs remain financially viable pre- and post-pandemic. 

  • How HBCUs are preparing for the future state of education. 

  • How HBCUs move forward in a unified manner. 

I hope you will consider covering this important discussion or sharing with your viewers. If you have questions, please contact Pam Cox at phcox@vuu.edu or (804) 937-7936. 

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.