The Power of Historically Black Universities

30 Mar 2022


Glenn Carrington succeeded so well professionally that, after a lengthy career in law and finance, he purchased a home in the tony South Florida enclave of Palm Beach Gardens with the intent of retiring. That was five years ago. A week later, Carrington got a call from his alma mater, Norfolk State University. Would he consider accepting the deanship of the NSU School of Business?

“I said, ‘Not really,’ ” Carrington recalls, “because I’d just bought this house and planned to be a snowbird. But I hung up the phone, and I realized I had to do this. When I thought about it, I wouldn’t have had the option of owning a place in Virginia and a place in Florida if it weren’t for Norfolk State. I owe so much to this university.”

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