President’s Posts

Michael Rao, Ph.D.

State and VCU Budget Actions Update

Dear colleagues: Earlier this week, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin ceremonially signed the state’s two-year budget, which includes historic levels of funding for VCU. We are grateful to the governor and all legislators in the Senate and the House for the budget’s record support for VCU’s top priorities, including $181 million for our new VCU arts […]

The 50th anniversary of Title IX

Today we mark the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX legislation, signed by President Richard Nixon June 23, 1972. That law changed the face of civil rights in public education, and has created opportunities, greater equality, and protections against discrimination for millions of American students. Because of Title IX, opportunities never imagined became […]

Budget Update and What is Next

Dear VCU and VCUHS Community, On May 13, the VCU Board of Visitors unanimously approved a three-percent tuition increase for the upcoming academic year. This is our first undergraduate tuition increase in three years, a remarkable testament to our goal of keeping VCU affordable and accessible. The board also voted unanimously to increase mandatory student […]

Congratulations, VCU Class of 2022

VCU celebrated the Class of 2022 this weekend. It’s an honor to welcome over 5,000 new members to the VCU Alumni family. Below, is my speech to VCU Class of 2022. GO RAMS! Good morning! It’s a great honor to join all of you – our graduates and your happy families–along with our Board of Visitors, […]

Statement on Ukraine

The news from Ukraine grows more heartbreaking every day. People who two weeks ago went about their daily routines are now torn from their homes, separated from loved ones, fleeing for their lives.  For those of us fortunate to have never experienced war – especially a war in our own land – it’s difficult to […]

Call for nominations: 2022 Presidential Awards for Community Multicultural Enrichment

To the VCU and VCU Health System Communities: We proudly champion diversity and inclusion as a core value, and engage in initiatives that create and nurture a dynamic and inclusive learning environment.  All people of differing cultural backgrounds, identities, abilities and life experiences are embraced, engaged and empowered to drive excellence and success. Annually the […]

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