HAMPTON, VA. April 4, 2019 — Hampton University will recognize the generosity of Hampton University alumnus and Board of Trustee member, Mr. James T. George (’58) with the dedication and naming ceremony of the James T. George School of Business, April 4, at 4:00 p.m. inside the Ethel C. Buckman Hall Rotunda.
“Trustee James T. George truly believes in reinvesting back into his alma mater and I am just pleased that I could recommend to the Board of Trustees that we name the School of Business in his honor,” said Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey. “Over the years, Trustee George has given Hampton University his time and skill while serving on our board. He has also given a significant financial gift back to his ‘Home by the Sea.’ This world-class institution is honored by his continued support.”
George earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Hampton University, where he was also commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. George went on to be one of the first African-Americans to receive an MBA from the University of Arizona. He also holds an Advanced Management Certificate from Pennsylvania State University. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA and the Army War College in Carlisle, PA.
“It’s wonderful to leave a legacy, but what is more important here is that the students get the highest quality education possible to enable them to lead in corporate America and someday lead their own businesses,” said George. “The Hampton School of Business instills business ethics in its graduates. That is one of the reasons that I am so pleased, no – thrilled, to have my name associated with this visionary and innovative school of business. But even in super competitive environments, there is still a need for business ethics. It begins with simply telling the truth. My hope is that more graduates of this great institution will think of themselves as employers and entrepreneurs, rather than employees only.”
George founded MSTI, a small business, in 1990 after serving for 27 years as an active duty Army officer. Retiring as a Colonel, he served in a variety of infantry and comptroller positions both overseas and in the United States, including two tours in Vietnam and tours in Korea and Europe. As Assistant Comptroller of the Army for Financial Planning at the Pentagon, he led the development of the initial concept for an information system to integrate the Army's programming and budgeting process. He concurrently served as a member of the board of directors of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) for three years while serving as comptroller of Fort Devens, MA and subsequently, while at the Pentagon. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Hampton University.
MSTI was established as a management consulting company. Its current focus is information technology solutions and management solutions. The company has grown from one person to its present strength of approximately 300 employees. Mr. George continues in the role as chairman, but has now relinquished day-to-day operations to the present CEO, Mr. Norris Middleton, who is also a Hampton alumnus.
George and his wife, Juliette, a retired Fairfax County secondary school teacher, have been married for over 50 years and have two children and two grandchildren. They currently reside in Fairfax Station, VA.