[ghrrbac-vtaa] FW: CJ working at HU

  • From: "James, Adriane B NAO" <Adriane.B.James@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Greater Hampton Roads Regional Black Alumni Assoc. of VTAA" <ghrrbac-vtaa@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 18 May 2005 08:07:58 -0400



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Ex-city manager takes HU post 
The former Richmond official is the highest-ranking vice president at Hampton

BY JESSICA HANTHORN <mailto:jhanthorn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> 

Published May 17, 2005

HAMPTON -- The former city manager of Richmond is the new senior vice
president and chief administrative officer at Hampton University.

Calvin Jamison, 50, started May 2. He will oversee several university
departments, including athletics, enrollment management, admissions,
financial aid and development.



He's the highest-ranking vice president at the school and reports directly to
President William Harvey.

Jamison's city manager job was eliminated after former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder
took over in January as Richmond's first directly elected mayor since the
1940s. Under the new system of government, Wilder took on much of the
responsibility that formerly went to the city manager.

Jamison couldn't be reached for comment Monday.

Jamison became Richmond's city manager in 1998. He left office Dec. 29 with a
$174,000 severance package, equal to 12 months' salary. Hampton officials
didn't say how much he would earn at his new post.

During Jamison's administration, Richmond experienced more than $3 billion in
new development, three bond rating upgrades and a tax rate reduction.

Harvey said Jamison would be an asset to the university.

"He is a talented, effective administrator who has had significant experience
in higher education, the corporate world and in running big-city government,"
Harvey said.

Richmond City Council member Ellen Robertson said Jamison would do a great
job at his new post. She praised him for staying on as city manager until the
end and for helping the council work through the government restructuring,
even though he knew that his job would be eliminated.

"In a university setting, you're constantly dealing with elements of change,"
Robertson said. "It's good to have someone on board who will stick with you."

Jamison received his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Virginia

He spent 14 years in higher education, working as a faculty member and
administrator at Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Tech,
including a spot as assistant to the president at Virginia Tech.

Staff researcher Tracy Sorensen contributed to this report. 

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