VUU receives ‘largest single gift’ in school history

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia Union University announced it received more than $2M in a one-time gift during their commencement ceremony Saturday.

Dr. Virginia B. Howerton, a 1965 graduate of VUU donated $2.5M in hopes that it inspires other alumni and businesses to support the university. This is the largest amount VUU has received by a single individual.

“I’ve always had a special connection to Union,” she told graduates. “I’m pleased to start a new chapter, promoting the university and pushing it forward.”

Howerton has spent the last 20 years working as a consultant to the government, businesses, and non-profit organizations.

She is the owner of ViGar Enterprises, Inc., and The Crimson Development Company. She is also co-owner and vice-president of Winnar Enterprises, Inc., a management consultant company.

“We are appreciative that Dr. Howerton remembered her alma mater so generously,” President and CEO of VUU Dr. Hakim J. Lucas said. “The gift will allow us to fulfill a few of our dreams and goals. She is an angel for our students, and she is making a major impact on Virginia Union University.”

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