Virginia Union University Builds Its First New Residence Hall in Nearly Half a Century

Virginia Union University, the historically Black educational institution in Richmond, recently broke ground on its new Robert J. Brown Living and Learning Center. The new $15 million complex includes a conference and seminar facility as well as residential suites that will house 240 students.

The new center is the first new construction on the Virginia Union University campus in 15 years. The last time a new residence hall was constructed on campus was 1966.

Robert J. Brown is an alumnus of Virginia University, a member of the board of trustees, and recently contributed a large amount of money to the university. He is the founder and chair of B&C Associates, a public relations and strategic consulting firm headquartered in High Point, North Carolina. B&C is the oldest African American owned public relations firm in the United States.


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  1. Chris Greene says:

    Bob Brown is one of the most unassuming persons I have ever known; yet, he is a brilliant strategist for peace and doing the riight thing with absolutely no fanfare. His efforts on behalf of others is unparrelled by few people. Yet, if one were to met this man today, his quiet demeanor would cause the new acquaintance to completely miss the heart and soul of Bob. He listens alot more than he talks!! Besides all his efforts for others, he is a an astute and very successful business man. He walks with Presidents, Kings, Ambassodors, and homeless people with the same ease, understanding and respect…what a Prince of a man….my family and I are very grateful for his friendship.

  2. Curtis W. Thompson says:

    I graduated from Virginia Union University 1977. This is quite an accomplishment. Learning Centers are an integral part of the education environment.The President of VUU is to be commended for getting this done. Many thanks to Mr. Bob Brown who made this happen. I am most grateful for the opportunity that others will have.

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