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Edith White Named 2019 Presidential Leadership Award Recipient

January 11, 2019
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Edith White has a long history of working in education and the non-profit sector.
(Photo courtesy of the Hampton Roads Community Action Program)

Dr. John T. Dever announced that Edith White, executive director of the Hampton Roads Community Action Program (HRCAP), is the recipient of the 2019 Thomas Nelson Presidential Leadership Award.

Following graduation from Warwick High School, White went to Virginia Commonwealth University, where she earned a degree in mass communications and journalism. She then worked at Virginia Commonwealth University before heading into the non-profit sector. She was employed at the United Way and Red Cross before going to work in marketing and public relations at the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, where she stayed for 10 years.

She also served more than 15 years at the Urban League of Hampton Roads, working her way up to president and CEO before retiring. From there she joined HRCAP, a nonprofit organization whose mission statement reads: To improve lives by providing optimum services and mobilizing resources that strengthen our communities.

An award ceremony is set for Jan. 24 in Templin Hall on Thomas Nelson’s Hampton campus with a reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. followed at 7:15 p.m. by the awards presentation.

The College established its Presidential Leadership Award in 2006 to honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by recognizing an outstanding community leader or entity. Last year’s recipient was the NASA Langley Research Center and a special honor was bestowed upon Dr. Katherine G. Johnson, who was featured in the 2016 film “Hidden Figures.”