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Trojans well Represented at Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s Leadership Institute

Published date: November 28, 2016

Virginia State University (VSU) was well represented by twenty-one students at the 16th Annual Leadership Institute hosted by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), November 18 – November 22, in Washington, D.C. The event brought together more than 400 students from 47 public historically black colleges and universities from around the country.  This was VSU’s largest contingent of students attending Leadership Institute, and the 3rd largest amongst all member institutions.

The VSU group was led by TMCF Campus Ambassador, Mr. Jason Daniels (Junior, Computer Science) and included 13 seniors, 6 juniors and 2 sophomores.  Participating students were drawn from a broad range of majors, including accounting, manufacturing engineering, biology, business management and political science.  The students were accompanied by Dr. Daniel Roberts, TMCF campus coordinator and executive director of the VSU Honors Program, and Mr. Joseph Lyons, director of the VSU Office of Career Services. 


President Makola M. Abdullah and Provost Donald E. Palm met with the students as they departed for Washington, D.C. and encouraged the students to learn as much they could and to take full advantage of this important opportunity.  VSU students proved to be highly sought after in the career fair portion of the program, with most students completing multiple interviews for summer internships and permanent positions.  Students completed interviews with firms ranging from Wells Fargo, KPMG, the CIA, Eli Lilly Company, Ball Aerospace and Microsoft. 

Roberts commented, “Our students all come away from the Leadership Institute experience having significantly advanced their branding, networking and leadership skills. TMCF continues to organize a very strong program and I am delighted that the partnership with VSU continues to strengthen”. 



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