VUU’s Ruth Coles Harris Leadership Institute Receives $70,000 Gift

January 30, 2020

Contact:  Pamela Cox 

Dir., Strategic Communications 

Virginia Union University 

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(Richmond, VA) – Virginia Union University’s (VUU)  Ruth Coles Harris Leadership Institute (RCHLI) in the Sydney Lewis School of Business (SLSB) has received a gift of $70,000 from McGuireWoods Law firm. The gift was cultivated by George Martin, who is a managing partner at the firm and a community service advocate. 

“The leadership institute has been and will continue to serve the students, the community and business professionals,” said Dr. Hakim Lucas, President and CEO of Virginia Union University. “This donation will continue to help us provide leadership training which will be valuable for success in business and entrepreneurship.”  

The Ruth Coles Harris Leadership Institute offers a leadership lecture series to students, workshops for professionals, certificate programs for professionals, and seminars to the community at-large. It is intended to deepen participants understanding of leadership, administration, business, entrepreneurship, and to strengthen leadership skills which embrace service to others. 

Attorney George Martin was a recipient of the Ruth Coles Harris Leadership Institute Award held on the campus of VUU in September 2019. He is a generous supporter of the RCHLI. He was honored for demonstrating professional excellence in keeping with the values of retired VUU professor Ruth Coles Harris, namesake of the leadership institute. 

 “It is always a privilege to celebrate people who are making a difference both professionally and in our community,” said Dr. Delta Bowers, Executive Director of RCHLI. “The Ruth Coles Harris Leadership Institute shines a light on these individuals who are wonderful examples for our students. 

About VUU: 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.