C. Kenneth Wright
A longtime businessman and philanthropist, C. Kenneth Wright helped build today’s Virginia Commonwealth University through his significant contributions.
As a young man, Wright washed cars for a local automobile rental business. After serving in World War II in the United States Army Air Forces, he purchased the local Richmond franchise Avis Car Rental. Wright eventually expanded the business to 14 locations across Virginia, Maryland and Delaware until selling it 45 later.
Wright dedicated the rest of his life to service and philanthropy. He became a trustee of the VCU College of Engineering Foundation and the College of Engineering Industrial Advisory Council and made many generous donations to VCU. In 2011, eight years before his death, Wright received an honorary doctorate from the university he supported for many years.