The Richmond Chapter of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities has selected E. Bruce Heilman, University of Richmond chancellor, as dinner chair for the 49th annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner Oct. 27 at the Richmond Marriott. The event honors individuals who have made significant humanitarian contributions to the greater Richmond community.

A 1999 recipient of a Humanitarian Award from the organization, Heilman served as a U.S. Marine during World War II. He is currently national spokesman for The Greatest Generations Foundation, a member of the board of directors of the Virginia War Memorial Educational Foundation and a founding member of the National Museum of the Marine Corps. He also is former chairman of the board of the Marine Military Academy, member of the Board of Visitors and past chairman of the board of the Marine Corps University at Quantico and past member of the board of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.

Heilman received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. Prior to beginning his long association with the university as president for 17 years and then chancellor, he was president of Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C. He has served as a consultant to many educational, religious and charitable organizations and has been a member and officer of numerous professional and educational boards and organizations.

In July, Richmond City Council presented Heilman the Richmond Public and Civic Service Award for his “public, military and civic service and dedication to higher education.” He serves on the Board of Trustees at Campbellsville University and as an Advisory Trustee at William Jewell College.

The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities conducts programs that promote understanding and respect on ALL issues of diversity, for ALL age groups, ALL across Virginia.  Each year, Inclusive Communities leads educational programs, conferences, retreats, and workshops for thousands of youth, educators, community members, non-profit organizations, and corporate and business leaders. The 76-year-old organization delivers programs to educators and students in Chesterfield County, Hanover County, Henrico County and Richmond City Public Schools.  Additionally, programs are offered to Leadership Metro Richmond, Partnership for the Future, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and many other local institutions and organizations.

For more information, contact Jonathan Zur, CEO, or the staff at 804-515-7950.

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