President’s Posts

Michael Rao, Ph.D.

Category results for: VCU Board of Visitors

BOV Update: Financial Year 2022 Budget Recommendations

Dear students, faculty and staff, Today VCU senior leadership presented its budget recommendations for fiscal year 2021-2022 to the VCU Board of Visitors. This has been a year unlike any other with numerous financial challenges directly related to the pandemic. Even so, the university remains financially stable and able to carry out its educational and […]

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 […]

Removing Confederate Symbols at VCU

Dear VCU and VCU Health communities, The Virginia Commonwealth University Board of Visitors voted today to remove racist and divisive symbols honoring the Confederacy from both campuses. This work will begin in earnest. Their decision came after more than three years of study, review, and reflection led by the university’s Vice President for Diversity and […]

Remembering French Moore

I always enjoyed spending time with French Moore Jr. He one of our proudest and most distinguished alumni, and he was kind, brilliant, and compassionate, exactly the kind of person we enjoy spending time with. But more than that, and more to who French was, it reminded me of how deeply and how passionately someone can dedicate themselves to ensuring that others can have a better life, that they can be the very best versions of themselves.

Remembering Rector Phoebe Hall

Dear VCU and VCU Health communities, With a heavy heart, I write to inform you that Phoebe Hall, rector of our Board of Visitors, has passed away. She was one of the finest human beings I have known, worked with, and learned from, and she will be sorely missed by all of us who had the fortune […]