(pictured above: Veronica C. Black stands at the door of the building named for her.)
The Quality Education Academy Middle School building was formally named the “Veronica C. Black Building” on Thursday, May 29.
Black is a longtime devoted champion of QEA who co-lead the capital campaign to build the building. During the campaign – which had the theme of “Transforming Lives” – Black worked in concert with more than a dozen community leaders to successfully raise $1.3 million.
The new building mirrors her vision to focus on quality education for all students. School leaders say the state-of-the-art facility will improve and stimulate students’ internal urge to learn.
“The school is extremely blessed to have Ms. Black’s expertise and experience in volunteer leadership and community capacity building which enabled the school to build such a magnificent educational facility,” said Simon Johnson, Quality Education Academy’s CEO.
Black is a retired senior vice president/group executive of Wachovia Bank. At the time of her retirement, she was a senior manager in Human Resources with overall responsibility for diversity for the corporation.
The Winston-Salem native is an honors graduate of Livingstone College. She completed the Young Executive Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a graduate of Leadership Winston-Salem. She also completed the senior management development program at Duke University’s Fugua School of Business.
Black has served on a number of boards, including those of QEA, the Winston-Salem Urban League, the Winston-Salem YWCA and the Winston-Salem Housing Authority. She served as chairperson of North Carolina Diversity Consortium, which she co-founded. Black was the recipient of the Winston-Salem Urban League’s 2007 Volunteer of the Year Award.
Currently, Black serves on the Business Leaders’ Committee of the ECHO (Everyone Can Help Out) Network and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hospice Foundation, the Foundation of Senior Services of Forsyth County and the Jonathan Skinner Scholarship Committee.
She is a member of the Carver Road Church of Christ and married to Isiah Black Jr.; they have one daughter, Sandra (Michael) Braswell, and two grandsons, Daniel and Christopher.
Quality Education Academy, 5012 C Lansing Drive, is a public charter school that serves students in grades K–12.