President’s Posts

Michael Rao, Ph.D.

Category results for: 21st-Century University

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

A historic day for VCU

At this morning’s State of the University address, I was honored to unveil news that is historic and truly transformative. VCU is the grateful recipient of a record $104 million gift to advance the Stravitz-Sanyal Institute for Liver Disease and Metabolic Health at VCU. Liver disease is one of the top 10 factors reducing life expectancy in the U.S., […]

Shake it Up: VCU State of the University 2022

WOW! What a great way to start our morning. We have so many impactful stories to tell at VCU! Thank you for being here in person and virtually. Throughout the pandemic, there’s been one constant: your dedication and compassion to help those who need us most. At VCU, students and patients are at the center […]

VCU 2021 Annual Report

To the VCU Community, I am writing to say, THANK YOU. This pandemic has shown us we can innovate and break the mold of higher education’s centuries-old system. And, you continue to prove that Virginia Commonwealth University is a community that quickly and successfully adapts and responds to the unforeseen, fulfilling in exceptional ways our […]

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