Paul S. Trible Jr., Lawrence Davis and the Honorable Louis R. Lerner to receive Presidential Citizenship Award
HAMPTON, Va. (Jan. 23, 2020) – Paul S. Trible Jr., Christopher Newport University President, will give the keynote address at the 127th Annual Hampton University Founder's Day ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 11:30 a.m. in Robert C. Ogden Hall.
“President Paul Trible is a great leader and like our Founder Brig. Gen. Samuel Chapman Armstrong, he believes in the value of high character and education,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey. “His keynote address will be a welcome addition to what is already a special day.”
During the ceremony, Dr. Harvey will present the Presidential Citizenship Award to President Trible, Lawrence Davis and the Honorable Louis R. Lerner. Davis is a retired U.S. Air Force serviceman. Davis, a prostate cancer survivor and graduate of the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute, presently serves as an ambassador of the Institute.
Lerner was a circuit court judge for the 8th Judicial Circuit in Virginia. He began serving on April 1, 2001 until he retired in January 2014. Before becoming a circuit court judge, Lerner served as a judge for the 8th Judicial District Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Lerner received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 1967 and his J.D. from the College of William and Mary School of Law in 1973.
Founder's Day activities will also include the commemorative wreath placing ceremony at the gravesite of the University's founder, Brig. Gen. Samuel Chapman Armstrong, in the Hampton University Cemetery at 9:30 a.m.
Senator Paul Trible was appointed Christopher Newport’s fifth president in 1996. Under his leadership, the University has become a top choice for high-ability students across America. Trible has overseen wholesale improvements to academic offerings and a complete transformation of the campus into a world-class liberal arts and sciences university.
Trible earned his bachelor of arts degree from Hampden-Sydney College and his law degree from Washington and Lee University. He served as a commonwealth’s attorney for Essex County from 1974 to 1976. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1977, serving three terms. In 1983 he was elected to the U.S. Senate where he served until 1989.
He was a member of the United States Delegation to the United Nations in 1988 and a teaching fellow at the Institute of Politics, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1989.
He is married to Rosemary Dunaway Trible and has two children, Mary Katherine Trible Peters and Paul S. Trible III.
The Founder's Day Ceremony will be live streamed at media.hamptonu.edu.