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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]