• Invented at VCU awards ceremony 2014

  • First day, fall 2014

    First day, fall 2014

    President Michael Rao, Ph.D., welcoming students for the first day of classes

  • Ram Camp 2014

    Ram Camp 2014

    President Michael Rao, Ph.D., with the 250 VCU students participating in Ram Camp, a weeklong leadership experience

  • Institute for Contemporary Art

    Institute for Contemporary Art

    President Michael Rao, Ph.D., at the ICA groundbreaking ceremony announcing the building's name, the Markel Center

  • Community Memorial Hospital

    Community Memorial Hospital

    VCU Medical Center and Community Memorial Hospital officials sign the affiliation agreement to join operations

  • Commencement May 2014

    Commencement May 2014

    President Michael Rao, Ph.D., congratulating a doctoral graduate upon receiving her degree

  • President Michael Rao, Ph.D., at the Academic Learning Commons

  • VCU Staff Senate's 2014 Marquita Aguilar Walk-A-Thon

  • School of Medicine students with President Michael Rao, Ph.D.

  • Reception honoring Provost Beverly J. Warren, Ed.D., Ph.D., FACSM, (pictured left)

  • Alumni Day at The Diamond

    Alumni Day at The Diamond

    President Michael Rao, Ph.D. (right), and head men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart (center) cheering on the Richmond Flying Squirrels

Call for nominations: SCHEV’s Outstanding Faculty Awards

  • 23rd July 2015
Call for nominations: SCHEV’s Outstanding Faculty Awards

Albert Farrell, Ph.D., VCU psychology professor and director of the Clark-Hill Institute for Positive Youth Development, received the 2015 Outstanding Faculty Award. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia has issued its annual call for nominations for the 2016 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Awards program. Created in 1986 by the…

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Diversity taskforce: Six recommendations to further improve diversity

  • 13th July 2015
Diversity taskforce: Six recommendations to further improve diversity

Last August — as part of our enduring commitment to diversity in all its forms — I convened a taskforce charged with looking at how we recruit, enroll, retain and ultimately graduate underrepresented minority students, particularly from the Richmond region. Fewer underrepresented minority undergraduate students were enrolling at VCU in…

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Celebrating LGBT Pride Month and a historic day in America

  • 26th June 2015
Celebrating LGBT Pride Month and a historic day in America

The Supreme Court today issued a historic decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, ruling that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide. Gov. McAuliffe also recently declared June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month in Virginia. In that spirit, I am pleased to join in recognizing, honoring and celebrating the LGBTQ…

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Leadership that changes lives

  • 22nd June 2015
Leadership that changes lives

A few days ago, I had the pleasure of meeting a group of soccer coaches from South Africa. They were visiting VCU’s Center for Sport Leadership, part of our nationally ranked School of Education, as part of an exchange program designed to hone their skills as leaders and mentors for…

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