Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey Donates $100,000 to Establish Annual Norma B. Harvey Character Award for Faculty, Named for Wife of 54 Years

HAMPTON, Va. (April 8, 2021)  Hampton University President William R. Harvey has donated $100,000 to the institution he has led for 43 years to establish the Norma B. Harvey Character Award to be given annually, beginning May 2021.  The award will be given to a faculty member whose actions demonstrate good character and/or encourage character development in other University constituents. The faculty member selected for the award will receive a $1,000 bonus. The six-figure gift to his “Home by the Sea” will continue making educational dreams come true for generations to come.  The Harvey’s personal generosity to Hampton University now totals more than $8.6 million.
The recipient of this award will be chosen by the President based on recommendations from a committee comprised of the chief academic officer, the chief financial officer, two deans and two faculty members.  The deans and faculty members will serve a two-year term.
This offering truly displays Dr. and Mrs. Harvey’s heartfelt commitment to giving back to the university community they serve. There is no question that in their four decades of service, the Harveys have upheld THE Standard of Excellence that is Hampton University. The Harveys are more than President and First Lady of Hampton University; they are truly admired for being the heart and soul of this prestigious institution.
As a visionary, Dr. Harvey has embraced HU founder General Samuel Chapman Armstrong’s mission to have every aspect of Hampton University excel, and excel it has under Dr. Harvey’s leadership. The William R. Harvey years, 43 and counting, will grace the record books as an unparalleled accounting of mega-success, not just for the HU students, faculty, and staff whose lives give testimony to the results of his labor, but for the global community of stakeholders who will continually reap the benefits of his astute leadership for generations to come.
Dr. Harvey has introduced innovations, which have solidified Hampton University’s stellar position among the nation’s colleges and universities. Ninety-two new academic programs, an endowment that has increased 1003%, satellites on active missions in space, and the largest free-standing proton therapy cancer treatment center in the world speak to his desire to leave the world better than he found it.
The Brewton, Alabama native is a servant leader who faces each day determined to enrich the lives of others. His blessed path led him from a small town to the coveted classrooms of Harvard University. With his Ivy League degree in hand, Dr. Harvey could have taken any one of so many prestigious university offers. However, he, the true educator, chose to lead at an HBCU where he could make a real difference in the academic worlds of young people who yearned for better lives. Dr. Harvey, the businessman, put his acumen to work placing Hampton on the fast track for growth and development as a world-class university.
Dr. and Mrs. Harvey continue to support Hampton University’s institutional vision and mission by ensuring high-quality faculty and staff continue to thrive, build character, and help prepare promising students for successful futures. Hampton University truly thanks Dr. and Mrs. Harvey for their kindness, their faithful support, and their selfless generosity.
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