HAMPTON, VA (Dec. 3, 2018) – On Friday, November 16th, 2018, the Hampton University William R. Harvey Leadership Institute (WRHLI) held its Meet the Leaders Lecture Series welcoming the Honorable Donnie Tuck, Mayor of Hampton, VA.
“We were proud to welcome Mayor Donnie Tuck to the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute to speak to our fellow leaders. This Institution was built to develop leaders who will make a positive difference in society, and Mayor Tuck is a great example of such a leader,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.
The William R. Harvey Leadership Institute hosts the Meet the Leaders Lecture Series to provide the Leadership Fellows with the chance to interact and engage in critical analysis and thinking. North Carolina native, Donnie Tuck began his journey with the Hampton City council and moved his way up to mayor. His vision of becoming an elected official is one he has envisioned since he was a little boy. After running for city council of Hampton on various occasions and losing, Tuck expressed the importance of persevering through setbacks. With his goal of making Hampton, Virginia a better place, Tuck ran for city council in 2010, beginning his journey as a leader in the Hampton Roads community.
“If I promise you something or if I tell you I’m going to do something, you can count on it. When I talk about leadership, I always mention integrity. I think if you’re going to be a leader, you’ve got to have integrity,” said Hampton Mayor Donnie Tuck. “People have to know that you are honest. When I do town halls, I’ll tell you as much as I can tell you, but I will not lie to you. If I don’t know the answer to someone’s question, I will get your information and I will get back to you. People have to believe that you are a person of integrity when it comes to being a leader.”
“The William R. Harvey Leadership Institute foundation is built upon three pillars, Service, Commitment and Character. Mayor Tuck integrated all three and provided examples from his humble beginnings and amazing journey to become the servant leader he is today as mayor. The Leadership Fellows are residents of the city of Hampton while here studying, and it is important that they hear from the mayor – the leader who represents all citizens to include the Hampton University students,” said Dr. Jarris Louis Taylor, Jr., Director of the William R. Harvey leadership Institute. “What was even more impressive was the mayor’s charge for inclusion by the Leadership Fellows as he told them to get involved now and stay engaged with the city of Hampton as he needs their support as citizen leaders.”
Mayor Donnie Tuck began his first term as mayor in 2016. His membership and affiliations include the Virginia Municipal League, Town and Gown Committee, Office of Human Affairs, Peninsula Mayor and Chair, etc.