First Black Students Receive Advanced Degrees:
Camilla Anita Brooks
Mattews, Virginia, M.S. Statistics, 1970
Augusta, Georigia, M.S. Statistics, 1970
Dr. Alphonso Smith
Ph.D. Fisheries and Wildlife, 1971
James Whitehurst is the first
black appointed to the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
John Dobbins (Distributive
Education, class of 1974): First black scholarship football
player in Virginia Tech's history. In three seasons, Dobbins
rushed for 705 yards and scored three touchdowns. He played
mostly as a starting fullback. A star running back at Radford
High School, Dobbins was part of the second class of black
students to attend Radford High. He now works as a supervisor
at Volvo GM Heavy Truck Corp. in Dublin.
Read more about John Dobbins in the article
"Sports Helped Ease Integration" from the Roanoke Times.
Houston Conley was hired as Associate Professor in the College of Education.
Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity, Inc.: Theta Iota Chapter founded by nine black men
on January 29, 1973
Cheryl Butler (McDonald) is among
the first group of women to enter the Corps of Cadets. The
women formed the "L" Squadron. Cheryl was 2nd Commander her
first year in the Corps and Commander of the "L" Squadron in
1974, her second year.
Epps (class of 1976) was the first black player on the
Virginia Tech Girls' Varsity Basketball Team. Her first year
with the team (1973-74) was the team's second season and its
first winning season. Diane was on the team her sophomore and
junior years and was an assistant coach her senior year. She
graduated with a degree in biology.
Rhonda Miller (Rogers): First black secretary. She was a
secretary in Student Programs in the Division of Students
Affairs. She is now Administrative Assistant, Residential and
Cheryl Butler: "L" Squadron Commander in the
Corps of Cadets.
Ella Louise Bates was hired on the faculty of Housing,
Design and Resource Management in September. She left Tech in
Johnnie Mae Miles was hired by the College of
Education on a full-time tenure track, teaching position in the Division of
Administrative & Educational Services.
Leroy Miles was hired as teaching faculty in the College of Education in the
Division of Administrative & Educational Services and in Adult &
Alpha Sorority, Inc.: the Theta Phi chapter of Alpha Kappa
Alpha was founded at Virginia Tech on May 5, 1974.
James F. Tucker starts his term on
the Board of Visitors.
Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.: The Mu Alpha Chapter was
founded by nine black women at Virginia Tech on April 12,
From July to December Dr. Overton Johnson acted as Dean
of the Agricultural College and thus became the first black
dean at Tech. In 1981 he was named associate director of the
university's Office of Institutional Research and Special
Assistant to the President. Dr. Johnson died in 1982.
Michele Clark: first black
placement counselor in the Division of Student Affairs.
Phil Rogers was the first black quarterback to lead the
Virginia Tech Hokies.
Sixty black freshmen.
Frankie Allen: first black assistant coach at Virginia
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.: The Theta Psi Chapter was
chartered at Virginia Tech in April 1977.
Hunter: Homecoming Queen candidate from the Human
Rhonda Bouldin: Homecoming Court
Attendant candidate for Human Relations Council
Black woman cheerleader on the
One hundred sixty-five black freshmen.
Gospel Experience: a black choir
founded on Tech's campus, composed of Tech students and some
members of the community. They traveled throughout the state
giving concerts and each year sponsored a Black Gospel
Melanie Pearson (class of 1981) was first black Military Ball Queen at Virginia Tech.
As the Military Ball Queen, she was the first black female to represent Virginia Tech
at the Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, Virginia.
Berry Copeland: First black scholarship athlete in women's
In his freshman year (1978-79), Dale Solomon sparked the
Tech basketball team to win the Metro Conference Tournament
championship and was named the tournament's most valuable
player. He became the first player ever to make the All-Metro
Conference first team four years in a row. In 1990, Solomon
was chosen to the Metro Conference Decade team of the 1980s.
Solomon tallied a career total of 2,136 points and ranks third
behind Bimbo Coles and Dell Curry on the Hokies' all-time
scoring list. He began playing in Italy in 1982 and is one of
the most popular men in the league. He resides in Reggio
Emilia, Italy. He was inducted in the Virginia Tech Sports
Hall of Fame in 1994.
Melanie Pearson: Homecoming Queen
candidate from the BSA.
Stephanie Turner: Freshman
Attendant candidate from the BSA.
The Eta Lambda Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.,
was founded on September 22, 1979 by D. K. Brockett, Barry
Griffin, Stan Harris, Peter Holmes, Rick Monroe, Larry Fallen,
Dennis Scott, and Wayne Robinson.