Dear Hampton Family,
Christmas is a season to express gratitude. I would like to thank Hampton University faculty, staff, students, trustees and alumni for everything you have done to advance our mission to be a world-class institution. Members from every constituent group play an important role in this institution's success. As Langston Hughes says, "The dream belongs not just to the dreamer, but to all the hands that help to build."
Any objective analysis will conclude that 2017 has been an outstanding year for Hampton University. It is also a special year in our history as we celebrate Hampton's 1501h Anniversary and my 40th Anniversary as president. Clearly, Hampton is excelling academically, financially, athletically, student-wise and otherwise. The achievements listed below illustrate this point.
1. Hampton was ranked in the top five of Virginia's best colleges and universities for 2017, in the top three among Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and one of the best colleges for veterans.
2. Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI) was recognized by Coastal Virginia Magazine for receiving the Reader's Choice Award for the Best Cancer Center on the Peninsula and the Most Overall Votes in the Wellness Category Award.
3. Financially, we are more stable than any other time in our history. Our successful Dream No Small Dreams II fundraising campaign has already raised over $120 million towards our goal of $150 million.
4. Approximately $20 million of campaign funding is being utilized to renovate residence halls (including transforming Virginia Cleveland for females and James Hall for males into suites), laboratories, other academic facilities and improve our beautiful grounds with water on three sides.
5. Hampton University's student graduation and retention rates are currently above the national average. To further increase these rates, we recently built a new Student Success Center.
6. The University recently purchased the Bank of America building in Downtown Hampton.
7. Our endowment has increased to over $260 million.
8. Academically, we are breaking new ground in cyber security, atmospheric and planetary sciences, big data analytics, and other areas of research.
9. Professor and Co-Director of the Center for Atmospheric Science, Dr. Patrick McCormick, was inducted into the NASA Langley Hall of Honor.
10. Our students continue to excel on many fronts. Ms. Adaya Sturkey is the second Hampton University student to receive the coveted Schwarzman Scholarship.
11. Mr. Jordan Hawkins-Rippie was named a Fullbright fellow and is off for a foreign exchange in Malaysia.
12. Electrical Engineering major, Mr. Christopher Johnson, won 1st place in the undergraduate poster competition at the 2017 Fall Materials Research Society meeting in Boston.
13. The University has moved to the Big South Conference which will provide our student athletes with greater competition and wider exposure.
Without a doubt, Hampton is one of the best modest-sized universities in the nation. As you break bread and share gifts with friends and family this Christmas, remember to give thanks for all of the many blessings in your life. Thanking God for the blessings you have already received opens the door for more blessings to enter.
Again, I thank you for your many contributions to Hampton University. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May the peace and joy of the holiday season be with you throughout the year.
With all good wishes,
William R. Harey