Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week at VCU

2020 was a year unlike any other. We navigated a global pandemic, protests against racial violence, the effects of climate change, and one of the most significant elections in the history of the United States. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, in his letter from a Birmingham Jail, wrote, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to […]

Spring semester changes

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Dear VCU students, faculty and staff, We are looking forward to welcoming you back for spring semester 2021.  At the same time, our nation and region continue to face the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are in the third and most virulent surge of the COVID-19 virus. The COVID-19 infection rate is […]

Staying safe and vigilant in troubled times

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Dear VCU and VCU Health Community, Today’s events in Washington, D.C., stand in stark contrast to the core values of our democracy and are shocking. Violence is not free speech and is never an acceptable option toward resolving difference, political or otherwise. I ask the VCU community — especially those spending the break in and […]

Fiscal update

Dear VCU and VCU Health Community, We’d like to update you on the fiscal status of the VCU enterprise, particularly related to our recent reports to the VCU and VCU Health system boards last week and resulting media coverage. Clearly, COVID-19 has had a profound impact on VCU, as it has with other universities, health […]

Congratulations, VCU Class of 2020!

VCU celebrated the many accomplishments of the Class of 2020 with a virtual commencement ceremony this weekend. It’s an honor to welcome over 2,700 graduates to the VCU Alumni family. Below, is my speech to VCU Class of 2020. GO RAMS! Good morning. VCU Family, I’m delighted to be your head cheerleader in celebrating your […]

Wishing you a healthy holiday and a bright and hopeful new year

This year was unlike any other. Together we faced change, met unimagined challenges, and were united in our mission to care for one another and advance the human condition. Your steady focus and dedication to your colleagues, classmates, and the communities we serve made a positive difference on so many this year. In a year […]