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

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

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

  • First week of classes

    First week of classes

    President Michael Rao, Ph.D., talking with student Kelsey Costellia

  • Ram Camp 2013

    Ram Camp 2013

    President Michael Rao, Ph.D., chatting with Ram Camp participants

  • VCU Invents reception

    Invented at VCU reception

    Internal medicine professor Steven Grant, M.D. (left), and President Michael Rao, Ph.D.

  • Bridging Richmond event, new executive director

    Bridging Richmond reception

    Left to right: President Michael Rao, Ph.D.; Kelli Parmley, Bridging Richmond executive director; and Beverly J. Warren, Ed.D., Ph.D., provost and senior vice president for academic affairs

  • Diamond Jubilee Medal ceremony

    Diamond Jubilee Medal ceremony

    Left to right: John Duval, CEO of MCV Hospitals; Frederick Ballantyne, governor general of St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Michael Rao, Ph.D., president of VCU and the VCU Health System; Sheldon Retchin, M.D., M.S.P.H., CEO of VCU Health System and senior vice president of VCU Health Sciences

  • Saudi delegation

    Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission reception

    Left to right: Turki Al-mugaiteeb, Saudi Student Organization at VCU president and nanotechnology and nanoscience Ph.D. candidate; VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D.; SACM Assistant Cultural Attaché for Academic Affairs Mohammed Alomar; and Director of the Southeastern Region Ali Alferaehy

  • 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

A legacy of innovation that Jefferson would have loved

  • 14th April 2014
A legacy of innovation that Jefferson would have loved

Yesterday, April 13, would have been Thomas Jefferson’s 271st birthday, which prompted me to think about his remarkable contributions to our commonwealth and our nation. Not only was he the third U.S. president and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, he was one of our great innovators in…

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Presenting a proposed budget

  • 7th April 2014
Presenting a proposed budget

On Monday, university administration presented a proposed budget to the Board of Visitors that allocates and reallocates our resources to taking care of our people and places as outlined in our strategic plan, Quest for Distinction. This responsible and strategic budget proposal puts the university’s academic mission first, including recruiting and retaining…

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Celebrating March Madness year-round

  • 20th March 2014
Celebrating March Madness year-round

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending an event on campus at which a colleague commented that “March is really a great time to be at Virginia Commonwealth University.” He was right. We have so much to celebrate right now, including the start of the renowned annual French Film Festival;…

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General Assembly 2014 update

  • 13th March 2014
General Assembly 2014 update

Over the weekend of March 8 and 9, the General Assembly concluded its regular 60-day session without passing a biennial budget for the commonwealth. Both the House of Delegates and the Senate passed budgets that differ by only 1 percent, but the session expired with no consensus on several key…

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Spring break 2014

  • 7th March 2014
Spring break 2014

Spring break is next week, and I want to share with you the exciting story about VCU’s Alternative Spring Break. Eight groups of 12 students, representing a variety of majors and interests, will travel to one of the following eight destinations to provide service to each of the different communities’…

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