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Brigadier General (Ret) Sheila Baxter to Deliver Founder’s Day Address

Published date: March 8, 2016

VSU Founder's Day Sheila Baxter

Retired Brig. Gen. Sheila Baxter will deliver the keynote address at Virginia State University’s 134th Founder’s Day convocation on Wednesday, March 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the new Multi-Purpose Center on campus.

In 1977, Baxter earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Physical Education from Virginia State College (now University). In 1978, she was commissioned as a second lieutenant through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and honored as a distinguished military graduate. Immediately afterward, she began her extensive 30-year military career in the Army Medical Service Corps, and was assigned to various command and staff positions across the country and overseas.

In 2003, Baxter became the first African-American female promoted to brigadier general in the Army Medical Service Corps, and served as chief from 2004 through 2008. Among her many accolades, Baxter was featured as one of Newsweek’s 20 Most Powerful Women in America in 2005.
As part of the celebration, VSU will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Multi-Purpose Center and observe the 100th anniversary of the ROTC.

2016 Founder’s Day events are as follows:

10:00 a.m. Public Ribbon-Cutting, Multi-Purpose Center

2:00 p.m. Wreath Laying, Blandford Cemetery

3:00 p.m. Flag Lowering/Wreath, front lawn of Virginia Hall

4:00 p.m. President's Reception (by invitation only)

5:30 p.m. Founder's Day Ceremony, Multi-Purpose Center

Excluding the President’s reception, all events are free and open to the public.

Alfred W. Harris founded present-day Virginia State University in 1882. It was then known as Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute, the nation’s first, fully state-assisted, college for blacks. Today, VSU has grown into a global, comprehensive, four-year institution where students can earn degrees in 52 undergraduate and graduate programs.

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