VSU mourns the loss of Dr. Wilbert Greenfield
Published date: August 29, 2019
The Virginia State University (VSU) family mourns the loss of the University’s 10th president, Dr. Wilbert Greenfield.
“On behalf of the VSU Board of Visitors, administrators, faculty, staff and students, we extend our sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathy to the Greenfield family on the passing of a great leader, Dr. Wilbert Greenfield,” said VSU’s 14th President Makola M. Abdullah, Ph.D. “He was a devoted visionary whose passion touched the lives of countless loyal sons and daughters at VSU.”
Greenfield served VSU from 1983 to 1988. During his presidency, the University experienced numerous academic strides. He instituted the expansion and renovation of the Hunter-McDaniel Science building as well as other academic buildings. Additionally, grant funds were secured for an agricultural research building. This vigorous initiative led to the revitalization of the Randolph Experimental Farm, which is located near the University’s main campus. It is noted that one of Dr. Greenfield’s proudest moments was bringing aquaculture (fish farming) to the Commonwealth of Virginia. Due to his legendary vision, VSU took the lead in Virginia as the pioneer in aquaculture.
Another milestone of Greenfield’s presidency was the University’s radio station. In July 1987, WVST-FM 91.3 began operating on campus. Also, a half-hour television show focused on Virginia State, “Info-VSU,” began in 1984 on the local cable channel 34. In that same year, Greenfield instituted a summer commencement for those students who were seeking to finish in May.
VSU recognizes the life, work and legacy of Dr. Greenfield. He will forever be remembered by Trojans for years to come.