Dr. David Hall began his tenure as president of the University of the Virgin Islands in August 2009. At that same time he was also awarded a Distinguished Professorship of Spirituality and Professionalism at UVI. “My charge, as I see it, is to give this community the license to dream again, to believe in each other again, and to reach for the stars of greatness,” explained Dr. Hall.
Under Dr. Hall’s leadership, UVI has made important strides toward raising the image and position of the University. New academic programs, such as a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Hospitality and Tourism Management have been instituted. The University has also launched a new Caribbean Center for Green Technology, a Center for the Study of Spirituality and Professionalism, and an Institute for Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness. A recycling program has been implemented on both campuses as part of the UVI Goes Green initiative.
Prior to joining the University of the Virgin Islands, Dr. Hall was with Northeastern University in Boston where he served as provost and senior vice president as well as dean of Northeastern University School of Law, making history by being the first African-American to hold these positions.
In November 2015, Dr. Hall was honored with the prestigious Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s (TMCF) Educational Leadership Award. During the same period, President Hall was honored with the U.S. Virgin Islands Hotel and Tourism Association’s (USVI-HTA) Award of Excellence for his role in creating the University’s Hospitality and Tourism Management Program and the tremendous strides he has taken for higher education. In May 2010, in recognition of his significant contributions to the legal field, Dr. Hall was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts. He has been honored by the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association as a Trailblazer. Dr. Hall was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the Legal Services Corporation Board of Directors.
His publications include works on civil rights, the U.S. Constitution and race, legal education, and social justice. He has authored a book on the intersection of law and spirituality, entitled “The Spiritual Revitalization of the Legal Profession: A Search for Sacred Rivers,” and lectures nationally on topics of social justice, leadership, diversity and spiritual values in professional life.
Born in Savannah, Georgia, Dr. Hall holds a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University, where he was named an “All American” for his athletic and scholarly accomplishments. He received his doctor of jurisprudence (JD) from the University of Oklahoma, where he also earned a master’s degree in Human Relations. He holds both an LL.M. degree and a doctorate of juridical science (SJD) from Harvard Law School.
He is married to Dr. Marilyn Braithwaite-Hall, and is the father of three children: Rahsaan, Sakile and Kiamsha. He serves on the board of Island Green Living Association (IGLA).