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Old Dominion University President Roseann Runte was honored with the BillBro Foundation's Servant Leader Award at a ceremony Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Norfolk Marriott Waterside.

Runte is one of eight recipients of the award, which honors individuals who have made valuable contributions to the betterment of Hampton Roads communities. Other honorees include attorney John Brown, FBI special agent Cassandra Chandler, Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim, former NFL player William Fuller, businessman and former ODU Board of Visitors rector Edward Hamm, "Mothers Raising Sons" director Drema Hymon and Calvary Revival Church Bishop B. Courtney McBath.

The awards ceremony featured keynote speaker Martin Luther King III, president and CEO of the King Center in Atlanta. It was hosted by Sandra Parker, news anchor for WVEC-TV.

The BillBro Foundation is a nonprofit educational foundation created by the family of the late Dorothy Billups Brothers, a pioneer in fostering and promoting higher education and diversity within communities and the corporate sector.

President of Old Dominion since 2001, Runte serves on many Hampton Roads boards including the United Way, Urban League, Hampton Roads Partnership, Second Wind Dance Company, Dolphin Scholarship Foundation and Virginia Stage Company, as well as an honorary board position with the Virginia Symphony. She is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, the Greater Norfolk Corporation and the Future of Hampton Roads.

This article was posted on: August 3, 2006

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