HAMPTON, Va. (March 27, 2018) — Hampton University will commemorate its 150th Anniversary as well as celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Dr. William R. Harvey through fellowship Easter Sunday at the historic Ogden Hall, April 1, 2018, at 11 a.m.
Ambassador Dr. Michael Anthony Battle Sr. will provide the sermon and the Hampton University Choirs along with featured artist, Emmy Award winner, Dr. Earnest Pugh will provide musical selections to honor the historic milestone of this world-class institution. The Hampton University Student Government Association will end the service with a special tribute. This event is free and open to the public.
“Founding Day will be a day to remember as we fondly look back on the Home By The Sea that our hero, General Samuel Chapman Armstrong, founded 150 years ago Sunday,” said Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey. “To have Dr. Battle return to Ogden Hall and provide inspiration and motivation on this historic day makes this day special in so many ways.”
Battle served as the U. S. Ambassador to the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 2009-2013. Battle also served as the President of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta from 2003-2009. He was committed to academic excellence in training leaders, teachers, pastors and preachers with an exceptional dedication to serving the church and society. He strived to produce world citizens and has implemented a program that emphasizes the important links between U.S. churches and other non-profit organizations, corporations, foundations, and government entities. He also served as University Chaplain at Hampton University from 1976-1996.
About Hampton University
For 150 years Hampton University has been THE Standard of Excellence in higher education. Founded in 1868 by Brig. Gen. Samuel Chapman Armstrong, Hampton University has a long successful history of offering a strong academic program of educating the “head, heart and hand,” and emphasizing the development of character. This foundation has been built upon by Dr. William R. Harvey, who has served as Hampton’s president for 40 years, during which time the university has experienced accelerated growth and achieved notable accomplishments. During Harvey’s presidency, 92 new programs have been introduced, 30 new structures dot the landscape of the campus surrounded three sides by water, and the university’s endowment has grown from $29 million to $280 million and growing.