Ronald Horne

Ron Horne (right) and Gene Woolard Speaking in front of Webb University Center, 1969
Ron Horne (right) and Gene Woolard Speaking in front of Webb University Center, 1969

Ronald Horne was the first African American to receive a bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University (ODU).

Old Dominion Accomplishments

Ronald Horne came to Old Dominion College in 1965, marking him as one of the first African Americans to enroll at the college after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 opened the doors for more African Americans to study at colleges and universities. Horne was a member of the Webb Center Governing Board, Student Government Association (SGA), and choir as well as a selection to Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.” He also served as the first African American senior class president during the 1968-1969 academic year. Since 1989, the Black Alumni Chapter at ODU has provided funds for African American undergraduate students through the Ronald L. Horne Scholarship.


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