Notable Achievements under the Leadership of
President Dr. Makola M. Abdullah
- The College of Education was awarded $2.14 million by New York-based Wallace Foundation to participate in a $47-million initiative to improve how aspiring principals are trained and to be part of a national effort to share lessons with the broader field.
- The National Science Foundation awarded Virginia State University a $3 million grant to work with school districts in Petersburg, Richmond, New Orleans and Philadelphia to increase the number of underrepresented minority students entering college with the skills to be able to pursue a STEM major and career.
- In May of 2016, Virginia State University was named one of the nation’s top 20 “Best Colleges for African Americans” by ESSENCE magazine.
- In June of 2016, alumna Deshauna Barber was crowned Miss USA. The North Carolina native graduated from the Reginald F. Lewis College of Business at Virginia State University in 2011 with a degree in Business Management and is an IT Business Analyst at the Department of Commerce in Washington D.C. In addition, Deshauna is a Company Commander in the United States Army Reserve. She represented the District of Columbia in the Miss USA Pageant.
- The Trojans finished the 2015-2016 season as the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Northern Co-Divisional Champions and clinched the 2016 CIAA Basketball Tournament Title. This is the first time Virginia State University has taken home the trophy since 1989.
- In June of 2016, five Virginia State University students were among more than 1,150 American undergraduate students from colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The scholarship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Four students traveled to China, and one student traveled to India.
- Virginia State University increased its fall 2016 enrollment by 30 percent. The University also saw an increase in the number of transfer offers accepted.
- In August 2016, the Academic Center of Excellence (ACE) opened as a one-stop hub for first-year students. Services ACE provides includes Career and Academic Advising, Trojan Odyssey and Tutorial Services. ACE is located on the 2nd floor of the Johnston Memorial Library.