• 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

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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Reflecting on Charleston: Intolerance, divisiveness and loss

  • 19th June 2015
Reflecting on Charleston: Intolerance, divisiveness and loss

Once again, our nation is facing the stain of intolerance that manifests itself as tragedy. This time, it was a young man — who proudly wore the badge of white supremacy, according to news reports — who shot and killed nine worshippers at a historic African-American church in Charleston, S.C….

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A new leader for a new era of health care

  • 16th June 2015
A new leader for a new era of health care

I am pleased that, after a months-long national search, Dr. Marsha D. Rappley has been appointed vice president for health sciences and CEO of the VCU Health System. Marsha, whose appointment begins in August, is a significant addition to our VCU community. She is a game-changer for an institution that…

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Moving forward: Access and coordination of children’s health

  • 11th June 2015
Moving forward: Access and coordination of children’s health

Yesterday, Toni Ardabell, CEO of Bon Secours Richmond Health System, and I sent this message regarding our next steps in children’s health care: It has been a few weeks since our announcement to collaboratively advance children’s health care by improving access and coordination of care for all children in our…

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