Rev. Tyrone E. Nelson named to VCU Board of Visitors

Rev. Tyrone E. Nelson
Rev. Tyrone E. Nelson

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has appointed one new member to the Virginia Commonwealth University Board of Visitors.

Rev. Tyrone E. Nelson, pastor of Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church in Richmond, will join VCU's governing body effective immediately. His term continues until June 30, 2017.

Nelson was elected to represent the Varina District on the Henrico County Board of Supervisors in November 2011 and has served as vice chairman of the group since January.

Nelson serves on a number of government and community organizations, including the Baptist General Convention of Virginia, the Capital Region Airport Commission and the Richmond Metropolitan Transportation Authority and is concluding service on the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System Authority Board of Directors.

Nelson earned an Associate of Science degree in business administration from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from VCU and a Master of Divinity degree from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University.

He is married to the former Sharaza Cotman. They have three children: Tyrone Jr., Sydney and Makenzie.

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