VUU's New Living and Learning Center
A member of the Virginia Union University Board of Trustees has pledged $2 million to the University toward building a Living and Learning Center on the campus. Robert J. Brown, is a former Special White House Assistant in the Richard Nixon administration, and the founder, chairman and CEO of B&C Associates, a successful management consulting, market research and public relations firm specializing in reputation management and image enhancement located in High Point, NC. His pledge of $2 million is the largest gift (excluding bequests) from a single donor to the University in its history.
Brown, who attended Virginia Union for a year, said he was “inspired” during his time as a student at the University. “I had to leave for family reasons, but during my time at Virginia Union I got such a solid foundation. I met and was inspired by people who genuinely cared about my well-being. Virginia Union has been in my heart for many years and when I look around here and VUU to Name Living and Learning Center for Robert J. Brown see the amazing accomplishments that are happening, I can’t help but want to continue to contribute to this success story.” “Mr. Brown’s gift is but one example of Virginia Union’s resurgence and the belief in our ability to do great things here,” said Dr. W.Franklyn Richardson, chairman of the VUU Board of Trustees. “Virginia Union is flourishing and people are seeing that and want to be a part of it. We’re excited about the future at VUU.” Added Dr. Claude Perkins, President of
Virginia Union University, “The impact that Virginia Union had on Mr. Brown during his time as a student here, is the same impact that we continue to have on all our students today. He knows how committed we are to providing the best possible experience to our students. Construction of this new facility will add to that. Mr. Brown’s pledge and the pledges of others toward this project are tangible expressions of the confidence people have placed in Virginia Union.”
In recognition of Brown’s gift, the VUU Board of Trustees unanimously approved naming the new facility, the Robert J. Brown Living and Learning Center. Groundbreaking of the 240 bed facility, with a banquet conference capacity for 450 people is expected to begin in the Fall of 2012. Brown said he wants his donation to serve as an inspiration to others to give back to their community financially or through the investment of one’s time and talent: “It is not how much but how often that matters, giving of one’s self is the most important thing.”
Ground breaking for the new facility will be held December 6, 2012.