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Mayor McKinley L. Price, DDS

Mayor McKinley L. Price

Mayor McKinley L. Price, DDS

Term Expires June 30, 2014

Contact Information

Mayor Price can be contacted by e-mailing City Council, calling (757) 926-8618 or by mailing the address below.

City Council
City of Newport News
2400 Washington Avenue
Newport News, VA 23607

McKinley L. Price is a native of Newport News, Virginia. He graduated from Huntington High School in 1967 and then received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) in Hampton, Virginia, in 1971. McKinley was honorably discharged from the United States Army in 1972 as 1st Lt. In 1976, he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and performed his general anesthesia residency at Provident Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dr. Price has received numerous honors and awards from various professional associations. In 1989, he was elected by his peers as President of the Peninsula Dental Society; he was the first black president of this organization. He was also named “Dentist of the Year” by the Old Dominion Dental Society. Dr. Price is a Fellow in the Virginia Dental Association, the American College of Dentists, and the International College of Dentists.

Dr. Price’s community service was highlighted by his being appointed chair of the Newport News School Board for two years, during his eight years of service, from 1984-1992.

In 1994, Dr. Price received the President’s Humanitarian Award from the Virginia Peninsula Chapter of 100 Black Men and in 1996 he received the Presidential Citizenship Award from Hampton University. The Peninsula Chapter of the National Conference for Community and Justice presented him with their Humanitarian Award in 1996. In 1998, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated honored him as Citizen of the Year during the Mid-Atlantic 44th Annual Regional Conference. The Daily Press Newspaper awarded him “Citizen of the Year” for 2005, which highlighted his Co-Chairmanship of the organization People to People whose mission is to improve race relations and the quality of life in Newport News. It also commended him for being a founding member of the Virginia Peninsula Chapter of 100 Black Men. They recognized him as the Role Model of the Year in April 2011. Thomas Nelson Community College awarded him their TNCC Medallion Award during commencement exercises in May 2011. The Price Family was the Honored Family during the 2010 Hampton University’s Black Family Conference and he was the Founder’s Day speaker at Hampton in 2011.

In addition to the commitment he makes to his professional activities and meeting the demands a successful dental practice, Dr. Price devotes untiring energy and time to the Hampton and Newport News community. He has served as Chairman of the Board for Riverside Health System Foundation, Vice Chair of the Riverside Health System Board, and Immediate Past Chairman of the Thomas Nelson Community College Board. He was also appointed to the Newport News City Council for a five month period in 2004. In addition, Dr. Price was appointed by Governor Warner to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Board. In May 2010, he was elected Mayor of the City of Newport News. He becomes the first black elected as mayor of Newport News. The term is four years.

Dr. Price is a member of the First Church of Newport News (Baptist), a church founded by his great great grandfather. He is married to Valerie Scott Price. She is a retired educator having taught for 30 years, most of which were in the Newport News Public School System. She is now owner of The GETUP Project Networking Services, LLC. They have two children: McKinley II, DDS, an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon, he and his wife Amy live in New York City and Marcia, a graduate of Howard University School of Divinity - Masters in Religious Studies and is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity Degree at Howard.

  • Newport News Public Schools
  • Huntington High School 1967
  • Hampton Institute (now Hampton University), Bachelor of Arts, Biology 1971
  • U.S. Army (Medical Service Carrier), 1st Lt (USA ADT, Ret) 1972
  • Howard University School of Dentistry, Doctor of Dental Surgery 1976
  • Provident Hospital, General Anesthesia Residency – 1977 (Certificate)
  • Practicing Comprehensive Dentistry in Newport News since 1977
  • American Dental Association
  • Virginia Dental Association
  • Peninsula Dental Society, Past President (first Black president)
  • National Dental Association
  • Norman Lassiter Dental Society
  • Old Dominion Dental Society
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • Fellow of the American College of Dentists
  • Fellow of the International College of Dentists
  • Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy
  • Service Award – Peninsula Dental Society, 1983 & 1988
  • Man of the Year – Alpha Phi Alpha, Zeta Lambda Chapter, 1985 & 1991
  • Leadership Institute of the Virginia Peninsula – Graduated 1989
  • Dentist of the Year – Old Dominion Dental Society, 1989 & 2010
  • President’s Award – Alpha Phi Alpha, Zeta Lambda Chapter, 1985
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service as Founding Member and Past President – Newport News Education Foundation, 1991-2009
  • Honorary Life Member of Virginia Congress of PTA
  • First Annual Black and White Award – S.T.O.P. Organization, 1993
  • President's Humanitarian Award – 100 Black Men, Va. Chapter, 1994
  • Presidential Citizenship Award – Hampton University, 1996
  • Humanitarian Award – National Conference for Community and Justice, 1996
  • Paul Harris Fellow Award – Warwick Rotary Club Community, 1996
  • Distinguished Citizen of the Year – Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, 1996
  • Va Assembly House Joint Resolution No. 750 – Commending People to People for their work in NN
  • Va Assembly House Joint Resolution No. 685 – Commending McKinley L. Price, DDS for community leadership
  • Resolution of Appreciation for 1996 Distinguished Citizen of the Year, City Council of Newport News
  • Resolution for Service on City Council – City Council of Newport News, 2005
  • Resolution for service with People to People, City Council of Newport News
  • Citizen of the Year – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, 44th Mid–Atlantic Regional Conference, 1998
  • 1st Dental Squadron Honorary Commander – Langley Air Force Base, 1999
  • Daily Press Citizen of the Year – Finalist, 2000 & 2002
  • Huntington High Alumni Association – Outstanding Viking Award, 2002
  • Daily Press Citizen of the Year, 2005
  • Silver Star Award – Urban League of Hampton Roads, 2005
  • Community Service Award – Hampton-Newport News Chapter of Chums, Inc. 2006
  • Daily Press Corporate Volunteer Award – People to People, 2006
  • FBI Citizens Academy – Graduated, 2006
  • The McKinley Price Action Grant Program – VCIC and Riverside Foundation Board, 2007
  • Certificate of Recognition for Dedication & Humanitarian Service to Citizens of NN – Human Rights Commission, 2007
  • Proclamation – An Achievable Dream Board of Directors –for work as founding member and service as a board member, 2010
  • The McKinley Price Family – selected 2010 Hampton University Honored Black Family of the Year
  • Community Service Award – Sister to Sister, 2010
  • Community Service Award – Moton Boxing, Club 2010
  • Role Model of the Year – Virginia Peninsula Chapter of 100 Black Men, 2011
  • TNCC Medallion Award – Thomas Nelson Community College, 2011
  • Hampton University Class of 1971 Hall of Fame, 2011
  • Outstanding Alumnus At Large – Hampton University, 2012
  • Colonial Virginia Council, Boy Scouts of America, Citizenship Award, 2012
  • Life Member, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc
  • Life Member, Huntington High School Alumni Association
  • Member, Beta Lambda Chapter of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity
  • Member, First Church of Newport News (Baptist)
  • Member and Past President (1983-1985), Zeta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
  • Member, Strategic Planning Committee to the American Dental Association, 2009-present
  • Hampton University Presidential Advisory Council – 2005-present
  • FBI Norfolk Citizen's Academy Alumni Association – 2006-Present
  • Alternate Delegate to the American Dental Association – 2006-present, elected
  • Former Delegate to the Virginia Dental Association, 1988-92 & 1999-2001
  • Former Member, School Board of Newport News, 1984-1992 (Chairman 1990-1992)
  • Former Member, The Governor's Advisory Board of Medicare/Medicaid, 1991-1993
  • Former Member and Treasurer, Board of Directors Greater Hampton Roads Boys and Girls Club, 1991-1993
  • Former Co-Chair and Co-Founder, People to People, 1992-2010
  • Former Member and Co-Founder, Achievable Dream Academy Board, 1992-2010
  • Former Member and Co-Founder Hampton Roads Chapter of 100 Black Men of America
  • Former Member of Peninsula Now, formerly Newport News Now
  • Former Commissioner, Hampton Roads Public Transportation Alliance, 1993-1994
  • Former Co-Chair, School Assignment Task Force, 1993-1995
  • Former Instructor of the American Heart Association in CPR
  • Former Board Member of the Peninsula Family Service Agency
  • Former Member of Hines School Improvement Team, 1993
  • Former President, P.T.A. Hines Middle School, 1993
  • Former Program Chairman, Old Dominion Dental Society, 1994
  • Former Advisory Board Member, Old Point National Bank, 1994
  • Former Member and Past President – Newport News Education Foundation, 1991-2009
  • Former Member, Clinical Resources Management Initiative, 1994-1997
  • Former Member and Vice-Chair, Planning District 1 Framework for the Future Task Force 1994-2010
  • Former Board Member and Chair, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, formerly National Conference for Community and Justice, Peninsula Chapter, 1994-2010
  • Former Commissioner, Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel Commission, 1996-2001
  • Former Member, Governor's Regional Economic Development Advisory council Region 15, 1996
  • Former Member, Judicial Inquiry Review Commission – Advisory committee, 1996
  • Former Member, Riverside Rehabilitation Board of Directors, 1997-1998
  • Former Member, Framework for the Future Oversight Committee, 1997
  • Former Commissioner, Peninsula Ports Authority of Virginia, 1998–2003, represented Newport News
  • Former Member and Chair, Board of the Peninsula Industrial Finance Corporation, 1993-1998
  • Former Member and Treasurer, VA Peninsula Economic Development Council, Executive Committee, 1996
  • Former Member, Peninsula Trust Bank Board of Directors, 1995-2000
  • Former Treasurer, Peninsula Alliance for Economic Development, 1998-2001
  • Former Member, State Board of the National Conference for Community and Justice, 1998–2000
  • Former Member and Vice-Chair, Riverside Health Systems Board of Directors, 1998–2010
  • Former Member and Chair, Riverside Health Systems Foundation Boar, 1999-2010
  • Former Member, Citizens Advisory Committee for Real Estate Assessment, 2000
  • Former City Councilman, City of Newport News, 2004
  • Former Member, Bay Community Bank Board of Directors, 2004-2009
  • Former Member and Chair, Thomas Nelson Community College Board of Directors, 2002-2010
  • Former Participant, Local BRAC Commission, 2005, appointed by Gov. Warner
  • Former Member, Virginia Economic Development Partnership, 2005- 2010
  • Former Member, VECTEC Board, 2007-2009
  • Former Member, Union Bank & Trust Board of Directors, 2009-2010

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