Jewel B. Long, dean of residence life at Hampton University in Virginia, is stepping down from her post. In recognition of her 54 years of continuous service to the educational institution, Hampton University is naming the lobby of a residence hall in her honor.
John S. Kennedy Hall is a women’s dormitory built in 1918. It was one of the first buildings Dean Long worked in as a resident assistant and graduate assistant.
Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey stated that “Dean Jewel B. Long has been a loyal emissary of Hampton University for 54 years. She has given of her time, her talent and her devotion to help provide an education for life for all students. It is only fitting that we rename the lobby of Kennedy Hall in honor of our treasured Dean Long.”
An alumna of Hampton with a degree in business education, Long remained at the university after graduation as a graduate assistant for the director of student activities and the dean of students. Later she was a residence hall director and the assistant to the dean of women. In 1988, she earned the title of dean of women and worked under that title until 2015 when it changed to dean of residence life.