Samuel F. Scott

Samuel F. Scott
First Director of the Norfolk Unit of Virginia Union University
3 years of active service ~ September 1935 – Summer 1938

Mr. Samuel Fischer Scott was a native of Portsmouth, Virginia and a former professor at Virginia Union University. At the time of his appointment as Director of the Norfolk Unit of Virginia Union University in 1935, he was a social worker serving on the staff of the Emergency Relief Bureau in New York City; he served until 1938. Virginia Union University awarded him the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in May 1987.

The following excerpt was taken from The History of Norfolk State University 1935-1938 by Samuel Fischer Scott and Constance J. Spencer ( a student from the first class):

The October 11, 1984 issue of The Virginia Pilot, “Norfolk Compass” titled an article referring to Samuel Scott, ‘FIRST NSU HEAD GETS NAME ON NEW DORM' and related: Samuel F. Scott, who in 1935 started from scratch the school that became Norfolk State University, was honored recently when the University’s Board of Visitors named a new men’s dormitory for him.

As the first director of Norfolk State, which was started as a branch of Virginia Union University in Richmond, Scott helped to recruit students from churches, schools, homes and any place else they could be found.