VUU Honors Trailblazers at 159th Founders Day Convocation: Learn more about the Honorees

March 11, 2024

As we mark this special occasion, it's essential to recognize that Virginia Union University's journey cannot be commemorated without spotlighting the honorees who have made significant contributions to the university. Their dedication and commitment to innovation have left a mark on our institution's legacy, paving the way toward a future filled with promise and potential. 

Dr. Samuel Brown, Dr. Samuel Brown is a respected history teacher at Virginia Union University. He has spent his career teaching about African American history and encouraging students to take pride in their heritage and do well in school. He has worked hard to support students and has made a significant impact on the university, helping to shape the leaders of tomorrow. 

Dr. Evora Jones was a leader in the world of psychology. She was a beacon of inspiration at Virginia Union University, where her groundbreaking research and unwavering dedication to student success have elevated academic standards and nurtured a culture of curiosity and empathy. Her impact extends far beyond the classroom as she continues to empower students to pursue their passions and effect positive change in their communities. 

Dr. Pearl Mankins was a visionary leader and advocate for educational equity, and has been a driving force behind the transformative initiatives at Virginia Union University, championing diversity and inclusion while fostering an environment that empowers students from all walks of life to excel. Her unwavering commitment to academic excellence and social justice has paved the way for a more inclusive and vibrant campus community. 

Dr. Paul Nichols, revered as a Christian educator, pastor, and the former dean of the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology, was pivotal in enriching theological education at Virginia Union University. His profound commitment to developing future leaders in ministry and his visionary leadership placed the university as a beacon of spiritual growth and theological exploration. Through his guidance, he mentored numerous students, inspiring them to deepen their faith and contribute significantly to the Christian community and society at large.

Dr. Lucille Brown was a trailblazer in literature and education, Brown has left an indelible mark on Virginia Union University through her profound scholarship and dedication to fostering a love for literature and critical thinking among students. Her passion for empowering young minds and cultivating a deep appreciation for the arts has enriched the academic fabric of the university, leaving a lasting legacy of intellectual curiosity and creative expression. 

The Honorable Judge William M. Ormsby, a distinguished legal scholar and advocate for justice, was a guiding force at Virginia Union University, where his commitment to mentoring aspiring legal professionals and fostering a deep understanding of the law has shaped the next generation of advocates and changemakers. His exemplary leadership and dedication to upholding the principles of justice and equality set standards for the university community. 

We are privileged to honor an exceptional group of individuals who have made a lasting impact on our institution. Their dedication, innovation, and commitment to service have influenced VUU's legacy of achievement and have set us on a path toward a future with promise and opportunity. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to these remarkable honorees and will continue to draw inspiration from their remarkable contributions.