Norfolk State Receives Its Largest Donation in History

Norfolk State University, the historically black, publicly operated university in Virginia, received a $1 million donation from Ernest Hodge, a 1975 graduate of the institution. The donation is the largest in the history of the university.

Hodge, who earned a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing from Norfolk State, became a car salesman. He established his first dealership in 1991 and now owns Cadillac, Honda, and Lexus dealerships in Florida, Ohio, and Connecticut.

Norfolk State will use the money to establish a center for entrepreneurship at its School of Business.