President’s Posts

Michael Rao, Ph.D.

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Important operational updates and deadlines

Dear VCU faculty and staff, Together, the VCU community made this academic year a success. Now, with COVID-19 cases declining and vaccinations rising, it is time to prepare for a robust and engaged on-campus learning, living and working experience this fall. As we prepare, we continue putting your health, safety and well-being at the forefront of […]

2021 PACME Celebration

Dear colleagues, Please join Vice President Aashir Nasim, members of our university community and me for the 2021 annual Presidential Awards for Community Multicultural Enrichment (PACME).  We will host this year’s celebration virtually at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, and invite you to view this live event.  The PACME ceremony was created to recognize […]

Provost Announcement

Dear faculty, staff, students and team members, I am pleased that Fotis Sotiropoulos, Ph.D., has accepted the offer to be VCU’s next provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, effective Aug. 1. The Board of Visitors will officially consider his appointment at the May 14 meeting. The provost serves as the No. 2 position […]

Fall 2021: Better Together

Dear VCU faculty and staff, This past year has taught us so much; primarily that as One VCU: Responsible Together, we can persevere through anything, including a global pandemic. Our success has been fueled by your superb efforts to tirelessly serve our students and mission. On behalf of all of VCU — thank you! The experiences […]

In solidarity with our Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities

Dear students, faculty, staff and team members, All of us at VCU are outraged by the most recent attacks targeting Asian Americans across our country, the latest in Atlanta, Ga. While investigations into the shootings are still ongoing, we are troubled by the marked increase in vitriol and xenophobia across the country against Asian, Asian […]

An Independent, Comprehensive Review of Greek Life

Last week, VCU’s Board of Visitors’ meeting began with a moment of silence to honor the memory of Adam Oakes. As I shared with our Board, I talked to Adam’s family – the pain his family is suffering is unfathomable. No parent should receive a call from a college president offering sympathy for the loss […]

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