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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to Visit Hampton University on Friday September 25
09/24/2020 - #55

HAMPTON, Va. (Sept. 24, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will visit the campus of Hampton University on Friday, September 25th, during National HBCU Week, to learn more about the university’s work to promote entrepreneurship and prepare graduates for success as the economy recovers from the impacts of COVID-19. There, the secretary will tour the campus and participate in a roundtable regarding entrepreneurship and workforce development with Dr. William R. Harvey, Hampton University President, Mr. Scott Stump, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Career Technical and Adult Education, and Dr. Kermit Crawford, Hampton University Avalon Endowed Professor. Other area leaders participating in the roundtable include Mr. George Taratsas of the Virginia Workforce Board, Mayor Donnie Tuck of Hampton, and Dr. John Nunnery of the Center for Educational Partnerships at Old Dominion University.

“It is my pleasure to welcome the U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, to our ‘Home by the Sea,’” said Dr. Harvey. “I would like to thank the Secretary for her continued commitment to entrepreneurship and workforce development. My thanks also to Dr. Megan Healy who is the Chief Workforce Advisor to the Governor of Virginia and Dr. Kermit Crawford for their tireless effort on preparing citizens for success in our economy.”   

Hampton University is committed to its community and helping those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly small businesses and unemployed workers. Hampton University is doing all it can to assist these groups during these unprecedented times.   

Dr. Crawford currently serves as an Associate Professor and Chair of the Hampton University Department of Psychology. A licensed psychologist, designated forensic psychologist and researcher, he has done extensive work in multicultural behavioral health disaster response, trauma and culturally-informed practices across the nation.

For over 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 43 years, during which time the university has experienced accelerated growth and achieved notable accomplishments.


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