Alumni Stories

Norfolk State alumni are passionate and driven leaders, prompting worldwide change in industries such as business, public policy, healthcare and the arts. The stories below show the impact of an education at NSU. Read about Spartans making their mark within their communities and abroad. 


Carmalitha Gumbs

NSU Alumna Becomes City Council Member

A Norfolk State University alumna was recently elected to become a city council member for a newly established municipality in Georgia. Carmalitha Gumbs, a 2000 Norfolk State graduate, will serve as District Two’s first councilperson in South Fulton, Georgia.


Damon Williams

Seizing Golden Opportunities

Damon Williams ’88 looks for opportunities and believes in being ready when opportunities present themselves. That’s what led Williams to Norfolk State and to his current position as vice president of programming for Music Choice, a multi-platform video and music network that reaches millions of consumers nationwide.





Dr. Tahira DuPree Chase

Educating Children "Indeed, Takes a Village"

Dr. Tahira DuPree Chase has always had a keen interest in education and in communicating the issues of children in public schools. Although she holds a bachelor of science degree in communications from Norfolk State University, the 1994 graduate says education was her true calling.


Former Alumni King and Queens

Mr. and Ms. Alumni Reunion During Labor Day Classic

With the return of the Labor Day Classic football game between Norfolk State and Virginia State University also came a reunion of the past Mr. and Ms. Alumni King and Queens. The first of what they hope to be an annual luncheon was held before the game at A. Mayes Soul Food Restaurant in Norfolk where 25 former Queens and the current King were present along with their family and friends.


In addition to the fellowship, the group also raised over $5,000 to contribute to the Battle of the States Giving Challenge held over the course of the week against Virginia State University. After the luncheon, the group attended the football game where they had special recognition and seating fit for royalty.


This first reunion of the former Alumni King and Queens reunited about half of the living royalty with hopes of bringing together more each year.



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