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Honors College Named for Its Biggest Supporter

by Communications and Marketing -

Norfolk State University officials recently dedicated a space in the newly constructed G.W.C. Brown Hall Replacement Building to a man who has been an unwavering supporter of the University's Honors College.

The Honors College has been named and dedicated for attorney and philanthropist Robert C. Nusbaum. the orginal announcement was made during NSU’s 100th Commencement exercises May 6 after the NSU Board of Visitors y voted to name the college after him the day before.

Nusbaum, a prominent attorney, and business and community leader, has been the chief patron of the NSU honors college program since its inception in 1993, raising $1.5 million for its benefit. While serving on the board of the former Alison J. and Ella W. Parsons Foundation, Nusbaum assisted the University in securing its first grant from the foundation and continued his work when the foundation became the Parsons Fund, a part of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. Additionally, he worked with the administration of the honors college to solicit financial support from the Batten, Landmark and Beazley foundations.

“Mr. Nusbaum has been an unabated source of advocacy and financial resources for the Honors College.  The naming highlights both a stellar honors pathway for NSU students and an incredible supporter,” said Dr. Stacey Franklin Jones, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Together, with the Parsons gift, these combined donations created the honors college’s initial endowment. Today the endowment totals $770,675.90 (4th Quarter Statement). Nusbaum, who retired from the law firm of Williams Mullen, has also made personal gifts. Most recently, he fulfilled a $50,000 pledge to the NSU Foundation to benefit the honors college. He has played an active role in the honors college, serving as a community senior fellow since 2008 – participating in weekly Honors Caf├ęs, mentoring students and presenting at awards programs.