Category: 21st-Century University

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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 […]

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 […]

VCU research and awards

Dear VCU and VCU Health community, Before we take a brief break for the Thanksgiving holiday, I am writing to thank you for your amazing work during a year of change. I am grateful for your unwavering dedication to creativity, discovery, innovation and the advancement of the human condition. With your hard work and support, […]

Provost search underway

To the VCU community, The search for VCU’s next provost and senior vice president for academic affairs launched today with my charge to the search committee. We will be recruiting ideal candidates to build on the strong foundation of student success and academic excellence established by Gail Hackett, who announced earlier this year that she […]

Stay strong together

Dear VCU and VCU Health community, As we near the end of the semester and approach Thanksgiving, I want to pause briefly and say thank you again. This summer and fall have been extraordinary, bringing together the best in all of us. We found new ways of teaching, healing, research and creativity. We found new […]