Norfolk State University
|Norfolk State College |
Norfolk Division of Virginia State College
Norfolk Polytechnic College
|Motto||We See the Future in You|
|Established||18 September 1935|
|Affiliation||Oak Ridge Associated Universities |
Virginia High-Tech Partnership
|President||Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston,Ph.D.|
|Students||5,616 (Fall 2019) |
|Undergraduates||5,000 (Fall 2019) |
|Postgraduates||616 (Fall 2019) |
134 acres (54 ha)
|Colors||Green, Gold and Grey  |
|NCAA Division I |
Norfolk State University (NSU) is a public historically black university in Norfolk, Virginia. The university is a member-school of Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the Virginia High-Tech Partnership.
The institution was founded on September 18, 1935 as the Norfolk Unit of Virginia State University. Eighty-five students attended the first classes held in 1935. Mr. Samuel Fischer Scott, an alumnus of Virginia Union and Portsmouth native, served as the first director with the primary focus of maintaining the solvency of the school. Dr. Lyman Beecher Brooks, a Virginia Union alumnus, succeeded Mr. Scott as director in 1938, and served as provost, 1963–1969, and the first president 1969–1975.
In 1942, the school became independent of VSU and was named Norfolk Polytechnic College. Within two years, by an act of the Virginia Legislature, it became a part of Virginia State College (now Virginia State University). By 1950, the 15th anniversary of the college founding, the faculty had grown to fifty and the student enrollment to 1,018. In 1952, the college's athletic teams adopted the "Spartan" name and identity.
The City of Norfolk provided a permanent site for the college on Corprew Avenue, and in 1955 Brown Hall, formerly Tidewater Hall, opened as the first permanent building on the new campus. In 1956 the future Norfolk State College granted its first bachelor's degrees.
In 1969, the college divided from Virginia State College and was named Norfolk State College. The college was issued accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools the same year with an enrollment of 5,400 students. In 1975 and the year following, the first master's degrees were awarded in Communications and Social Work, respectively. Dr. Harrison Benjamin Wilson, Jr., in 1975, succeeded Dr. Lyman Beecher Brooks as President after 37 years.
When the college was granted university status in 1979 by the General Assembly of Virginia, it changed its name to Norfolk State University.
Norfolk State University celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1985 with a year of observances and with an enrollment of 7,200. In 1995 Norfolk State University's enrollment reached 9,112.
Upon the retirement of Dr. Harrison Benjamin Wilson in 1997, Dr. Marie Valentine McDemmond, became NSU's third President in 1997 and served until her retirement. Dr. Alvin J. Schexnider became interim president in July 2005. Dr. Carolyn Winstead Meyers was selected as the fourth President and began service on July 1, 2006. Dr. Tony Atwater was announced as the new president in 2011 becoming the fifth president and served until he was removed by the board of visitors of Norfolk State University on August 23, 2013. Dr. Sandra DeLoatch the Provost and President of Academic Affairs was named acting president effective. On September 13, 2013, Eddie N. Moore Jr. was appointed interim president of Norfolk State University and started serving in that capacity on September 23, 2013.
In December 2013, the university was placed on probation by its regional accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, for "financial and governance issues." The probation was lifted two years later.
Eddie Moore, Jr. became the 6th president of Norfolk State University on January 10, 2016.
Upon President Moore announcing his retirement in late September 2017 the NSU board of visitors named Dr. Melvin Stith as interim president. He assumed office on January 1, 2018. On June 24, 2019 Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston will become the 7th president of Norfolk State University after moving from her job as Senior Vice President for Student Life at The Ohio State University.
The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has accredited Norfolk State to award associate, baccalaureate, master and doctoral degrees. Currently, Norfolk State offers two doctorate and 15 master's degrees, including master's degree programs in Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, and Criminal Justice. The school also offers 36 undergraduate degrees, including the only undergraduate degree in Optical Engineering in Virginia.
Norfolk State's undergraduate and graduate programs are divided into eight schools/colleges.
- School of Business
- School of Education
- College of Liberal Arts
- College of Engineering, Science & Technology
- School of Social Work
- School of Extended Learning
- Honors College
- Graduate School
Located on the former site of the 50-acre (202,343 m2) Memorial Park Golf Course, which the city of Norfolk sold to the school for one dollar, the campus now encompasses 134 acres (0.5 km2) of land and 31 buildings.
The Joseph G. Echols Memorial Hall is a large health, physical education, and ROTC complex with a seating capacity of 7,500. Other facilities include a 30,000-seat football stadium; a television studio and radio station, an African art museum, and a multi-purpose performing arts center. Research facilities include a life sciences building with a planetarium and a materials research wing with crystal growth, organic synthesis, laser spectroscopy, and magnetic resonance equipment.
In September 2009, the New Student Center facility opened. The three story building, which includes a game room, a dining area, a new bookstore, a wellness center (work-out facility), student lounges, and administrative offices, marks the first of two major projects for NSU.
In January 2015, the construction of the New Nursing and General Classroom Building was completed and in the Fall 2017 NSU opened a new G.W.C. Brown Memorial Hall,a three-story, 154,000 square foot academic building, which houses the School of Business, College of Liberal Arts, and Mass Communication and Math Department. The building also houses the box office, costume shop, scene shop, mainstage Theater, Studio Theater, Amphitheater, as well as drama faculty offices, classrooms, meeting rooms, study areas and student lounges. In 2019, th construction of a new four-story residential facility with a central two-story amenity space, and will include 193,424 square feet and 740 beds for first-year students completed.
Construction plans for a new Science Building and Physical Plant are underway. Other recent construction on the campus includes the new police station (2007), the Marie V. McDemmond Center for Applied Research (2006), and the Spartan Suites Apartments (2005), and state-of-the-art Library (2012).
The university offers organized and informal co-curricular activities including 63 student organizations, leadership workshops, intramural activities, student publications and student internships.
Norfolk State sports teams participate in NCAA Division I (Football Championship Subdivision for all sports including football) in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). Norfolk State was formerly a member of the Eastern Intercollegiate Conference (1953–1960) and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1962–1996).
The 2011–12 Norfolk State Spartans men's basketball team won the 2012 MEAC Men's Basketball Tournament championship which gave them the conference's automatic bid in the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, the school's first ever appearance in the tournament. The Spartans, a 15 seed, defeated the #2 seeded Missouri Tigers in the second round, 86-84. This victory was only the fifth time in NCAA Tournament history that a 15 seed defeated a 2 seed, with the last coming in 2001 by MEAC in-state rival Hampton.
The Spartan Legion Band was founded in 1975. The band performs at campus events and during some Norfolk State football and basketball games. They were featured performers in the Honda Battle of the Bands in 2007 and 2008. In 2018 they were featured in the official music video for the song Heavy Metal by French house act Justice. In 2020 The Band Was Voted HBCU Sports Band Of The Year. Selected performances include, most recently the Barack Obama Presidential campaign rally in Norfolk, VA. The “Legion’s” history includes: the Philadelphia Parade commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Constitution (1987), the Mardi Gras in the Rex Parade in New Orleans, LA (2003); the MLK “Drum Major for Justice” Parade, St. Petersburg, FL (2006); the Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase (2007 and 2008); the Norfolk Grand Illumination Parade (2006 and 2007); collegiate venues in the MEAC, CIAA and Colonial Conferences, Rutgers University, University of Kentucky and Villanova University. The “Legion” is also the inaugural host of the HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Band Battlefest, which annually spotlights 10 HBCU Marching Bands and command performances in San Diego, CA; Bermuda and New York, NY.
Spartan "Legion" Marching Band Sections: Piccolos, Clarinets, Saxophones, Trumpets, Mellophones, Euphoniums, Trombones, Tubas, Percussion, Drum Majors, Flags/Spartan Guards, Dancers The band's primary repertoire includes the following: NSU Alma Mater,NSU Fight Song,Behold,Be Scared, Talking Out The Side Of Your Neck By Cameo,ESPN Theme,NSU Spirit Song,
National fraternities and sororities
All nine of the National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations currently have chapters at Norfolk State University. These organizations are:
|Alpha Kappa Alpha||ΑΚΑ||Delta Epsilon||ΔΕ|
|Alpha Phi Alpha||ΑΦΑ||Epsilon Pi||ΕΠ|
|Delta Sigma Theta||ΔΣΘ||Epsilon Theta||ΕΘ|
|Iota Phi Theta||ΙΦΘ||Delta||Δ|
|Kappa Alpha Psi||ΚΑΨ||Epsilon Zeta||EZ|
|Omega Psi Phi||ΩΨΦ||Pi Gamma||ΠΓ|
|Phi Beta Sigma||ΦΒΣ||Delta Zeta||ΔΖ|
|Sigma Gamma Rho||ΣΓΡ||Gamma Nu||ΓΝ|
|Zeta Phi Beta||ΖΦΒ||Zeta Gamma||ΖΓ|
The Council of Independent Organizations includes:
|Chi Eta Phi||ΧΗΦ||Eta Beta||ΗΒ|
|Mu Omicron Gamma||ΜΟΓ||Gamma||Γ|
|Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia||ΦΜΑ||Rho Mu||ΡΜ|
|Sigma Alpha Iota||ΣΑΙ||Lambda Rho||ΛΡ|
|Pi Sigma Epsilon||ΠΣΕ||Epsilon Tau||ΕΤ|
|Tau Beta Sigma||ΤΒΣ||Epsilon Sigma||ΕΣ|
|Kappa Kappa Psi||ΚΚΨ||Iota Xi||ΙΞ|
|Pershing Rifles||P/R||Company R-4||R-4|
|Pershing Angels||P/A||Company R-4-5||R-4-5|
|Alpha Phi Omega||ΑΦΩ||Phi Mu||ΦΜ|
WNSB (College Radio Station)
Norfolk State operates WNSB(FM) radio, which broadcasts in stereo 24 hours a day from the campus and covers all of the Hampton Roads, Virginia area, reaching the Eastern Shore of Virginia, northeast North Carolina and the Richmond, Virginia suburbs. Established on February 22, 1980 and known as "Hot 91.1", WNSB's programming is also broadcast via the internet.
Notable faculty and staff
This list of notable faculty and staff contains current and former faculty, staff and presidents of the Norfolk State University.
|Na'im Akbar||Psychology||Clinical psychologist, prominent lecturer, and author on the psychology of Africans|||
|Anthony Evans||Athletic||Current interim head men's basketball coach at Norfolk State University and former head coach at Delhi Tech (Delhi, N.Y.) and Ulster County Community College (Kingston, N.Y.)|||
|Yacob Haile-Mariam||Business||an elected member of the Ethiopian parliament and a former Senior Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda|
|Adolphus Hailstork||Music||former professor of music and Composer-in-Residence at Norfolk State|||
|Robert R. Jennings||Administration||current president of Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University|
|Yvonne B Miller||Professor Emeritus||Democratic State Senator who represents the 5th Senatorial District of the Commonwealth of Virginia.|||
|Steve Riddick||Athletic||Olympic gold medal winner and former Norfolk State University coach|
This is a partial list of notable alumni which includes graduates, non-graduate former students, and current students of Norfolk State University or predecessors such as Norfolk State College.
|Willard Bailey||1962||Former head football coach at Virginia Union University, Norfolk State University, and Saint Paul's College|
|Gordon Banks||Guitarist, producer, writer and musical director|||
|Al Beard||Former ABA player for the New Jersey Americans|||
|Ron Bolton||1972||Former NFL player for the New England Patriots and the Cleveland Browns|||
|Chris Brown||Bahamian track & field sprinter|
|Don Carey||2009||NFL safety for the Browns Jaguars, Lions|||
|Eric Crozier||Former MLB player for the Toronto Blue Jays.|
|Bob Dandridge||1969||Former NBA player for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Washington Bullets|||
|Denise Dowse||1984||Actress and director|
|Ray Epps||1977||Former NBA player for the Golden State Warriors|||
|Julian Manly Earls||1964||Ninth Director of the NASA Glenn Research Center|||
|Evelyn J. Fields||1971||Former director of the Office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Corps Operations and the NOAA Commissioned Corps. She was the first woman and the first African American to hold this position.|||
|Future Man||Percussionist and member of the jazz quartet Béla Fleck and the Flecktones|||
|Willie Gillus||Former NFL player for the Green Bay Packers|||
|Elbert Guillory||Republican member of the Louisiana State Senate from Opelousas, Louisiana; elected as a Democrat in 2007 but switched parties on May 31, 2013|||
|Algie Howell||American politician|
|Jedidah Isler||2003||First African-American woman to receive a PhD in Astrophysics from Yale University in 2014|||
|Raymond Alvin Jackson||1970||United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia|
|Ray Jarvis||Former NFL player for the Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions, and the New England Patriots|||
|Leroy Jones||Former NFL player for the San Diego Chargers|||
|Pee Wee Kirkland||First-round NBA draft pick (1969, Chicago Bulls) and notable Rucker Park street basketball star. As a junior, he teamed with Bob Dandridge, and was named to the all-tournament team at the NCAA Mideast Regional in 1967.|||
|Nathan McCall||Former reporter for the Virginian Pilot-Ledger Star, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and The Washington Post and the author of the best selling book Makes Me Wanna Holler|
|Yvonne B Miller||Democratic State Senator who represents the 5th Senatorial District of the Commonwealth of Virginia|||
|Alex Moore||American football player|||
|Kyle O'Quinn||2012||NBA player for the New York Knicks|
|David Pope||1984||Former NBA player for the Utah Jazz, Kansas City Kings, and the Seattle SuperSonics|||
|Ken Reaves||Former NFL player for the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, and the St. Louis Cardinals|||
|Tim Reid||1968||Comedian, actor, director|||
|Randall Robinson||African-American lawyer, author and activist, who is noted as the founder of TransAfrica|||
|James Edward Roe||1995||Former NFL player for the Baltimore Ravens and Arena Football League player for the San Jose SaberCats|||
|J.B. Smoove||Actor, writer, and stand-up comedian, best known for role as Leon on Curb Your Enthusiasm|||
|Chandra Sturrup||Bahamian track sprinter; Gold Medal Winner in the 2000 Olympics|
|Shawn Z. Tarrant||1998||Member, Maryland House of Delegates|
|Andrew Warren||1993||Former U.S. diplomat to Algeria|||
|Susan Wigenton||1984||Federal Judge, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey|
|D'Extra Wiley||Entertainment veteran, producer and former MCA Records R&B Artist for the 90's New Jack group II D Extreme|
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