Virginia Tech honored alumnus Calvin D. Jamison, a native of Martinsville, Va., with the Alumni Distinguished Service Award during the university’s commencement celebration on May 12.

The Virginia Tech Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to recognize distinguished service outstanding service to the university and the association.

“We are pleased and honored to present Dr. Jamison with this award,” said Thomas C. Tillar Jr., vice president of alumni relations. “An outstanding member of his community, Jamison has dedicated many years of service and leadership to Virginia Tech and to the university’s Black Alumni Organization.”

Jamison was recently named senior vice president and chief administrative officer of Hampton University. He joined Hampton University after serving the city of Richmond, Va., as CEO/city manager. During his administration, the city saw a reduction in the tax rate, a increase in citizen satisfaction with city services, gained over $3 billion in new development and received three bond rating upgrades in two years, saving over $25 million.

Prior to serving as city manager of Richmond, Jamison spent 14 years in higher education with faculty and administrative roles at Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Tech, including a position as assistant to the president at Virginia Tech. He is also a former “Cadmus Leader in Residence” at the University of Richmond.

Throughout his career, Jamison has been involved in numerous government, education, and art organizations. He has served as chair of the Virginia Tourism Corporation, president of the Arts Council of Virginia, as a board member of Leadership Metro Richmond, and on the board of directors of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and the Pamplin College of Business Advisory Council. Jamison has also served with the National Forum for Black Public Administrators and he helped create and has provided long-standing leadership to the university’s Black Alumni Organization.

Jamison earned his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and doctorate degree from Virginia Tech.

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech is the most comprehensive university in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is among the top research universities in the nation. Today, Virginia Tech’s eight colleges are dedicated to quality, innovation, and results through teaching, research, and outreach activities. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg and other campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 180 academic degree programs.

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