Twelve months after making history as Virginia State University (VSU)’s first female president, Pamela V. Hammond has announced she will step down as the institution’s interim chief administrator.
Hammond began serving as VSU’s interim president on Jan. 1, leaving her position as provost of Hampton University, another HBCU in Virginia. Hammond said in a letter to VSU’s board that she would not renew the one-year contract she was offered in November 2014, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Virginia State formed a presidential search committee in December 2014, but Hammond has asked that her name also be removed from consideration for the permanent position. The Board of Visitors said the search for a permanent president will continue and another interim chief will be appointed until that search bears fruit.
“I wish to extend my sincerest appreciation to the Board for placing its trust in me to provide the leadership for this venerable institution of higher learning,” Hammond wrote in her resignation letter, according to the university. “I will be eternally grateful for the wonderful memories of my 12-month tenure at Virginia State University.”
Hammond was not available for further comment, the Times-Dispatch reported.
Hammond has distinguished herself both in academia and in the field of nursing. A Tuskegee University graduate, she earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing, a master’s in maternal-child health and nursing education from the University of Maryland-Baltimore and a doctorate in urban services with a concentration in educational leadership from Old Dominion University in 1992.
Prior to her position as provost at Hampton, Hammond served as dean of its School of Nursing. During her tenure, she increased student enrollment by 60 percent, raised $12 million for the school, spearheaded Hampton’s distinction as the first HBCU to offer a doctoral program in nursing and more, according to her biography posted on the school’s website.
A national speaker and writer on issues regarding health care education and administration, Hammond is also a faculty member at Coppin State University, Norfolk State University (Virginia) and Christopher Newport University (Virginia) and a consultant to many more schools.
Hammond has also served and continues to serve on the boards of several organizations. Most notably, in 1996, she took a leave of absence to serve as the executive director of the National League for Nursing, Center for Nursing Education and Practice in New York City, which among other efforts developed and distributed 70 standardized examinations globally. In this position, she also served as a curriculum consultant to educators throughout the U.S. and around the world.
Hammond is married to Gary John Hammond. They have two grown children who live in Baltimore: Dr. Jason W. Hammond, an orthopedic surgeon, and Dr. Alexis S. Hammond, a psychiatrist.