President’s Posts

Michael Rao, Ph.D.

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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 […]

Chief Diversity Officer and Advisor for ONE VCU Announcement

Dear Colleagues, Aashir Nasim, Ph.D., has been named Chief Diversity Officer and Advisor for ONE VCU and will provide strategic leadership, oversight, and guidance across the university’s academic and medical enterprises to ensure that diversity and inclusion drive the organizational performance for the entire enterprise. Currently, Dr. Nasim serves as Vice President of Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and […]

VCU strategic plan recalibration: the time has come

Dear Members of the VCU Community, Virginia Commonwealth University’s positive impact on Virginia and beyond is truly transformative. Our work is guided by a strategic plan that was developed collaboratively among our stakeholders and based on assumptions of the academy and society in 2018.  Because assumptions about the future are challenging to predict, it is […]

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