Ruth Hortense Coles Harris

Title: Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Company: Virginia Union University

Location: Richmond, VA United States


  • Inductee, Worldwide Lifetime Achievement (2017)
  • Honoree, One of the Dominion Strong Men & Women in Virginia History, the Library of Virginia (2015)
  • Recipient, Business Leadership Award, Virginia Business & Professional Women’s Foundation (2015)
  • Honoree, Strong Men and Women: Excellence in Leadership, Dominion Virginia Power (1998)
  • Recipient, Tenneco Excellence In Teaching Award, UNCF (1995)
  • Recipient, Eboné Image Award, Northern Virginia Chapter, National Coalition of 100 Black Women (1993)
  • Honoree, Named Belle Ringer of Richmond (1992)
  • Recipient, Outstanding Faculty Award, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (1992)
  • Recipient Teaching Excellence Award, Sears Roebuck Foundation (1990)
  • Recipient, Serwa Award, Virginia Commonwealth Chapter, National Coalition of 100 Black Women (1989)
  • Honoree, Richmond Branch, National Association of University Women
  • Featured Listee, Who’s Who in America (2002-2004, 2008-2014, 2016)
  • Featured Listee, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest (2011-2015)
  • Featured Listee, Who’s Who of American Women (2005, 2010)
  • Featured Listee, Who’s Who in Finance and Business (2005, 2007, 2009)
  • Featured Listee, Who’s Who in American Education (1995, 2003, 2007)


  • Doctor of Humane Letters, Virginia Union University
  • Doctor of Education, College of William and Mary
  • Master of Business Administration, New York University
  • Bachelor of Science, Virginia State University
  • Certified Public Accountant, Commonweath of Virginia

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