President’s Awards for Professional and Administrative Distinction – Call for Nominations


To the VCU and VCU Health System Communities,


Virginia Commonwealth University is Virginia’s premier urban research university and we are taking our place among the nation’s top 50 public research institutions.  Our incredible success is a credit to many people, including my talented and dedicated colleagues at VCU.  Every day, in myriad ways, they demonstrate their commitment to excellence and outstanding performance in support of our mission to promote exceptional teaching, research, community engagement and patient care.

In that spirit, we inaugurated the President’s Awards for Professional and Administrative Distinction.  These awards will be conveyed at the Service Awards ceremony and reception to be held in October.  The awards include:

The President’s Award of Excellence:  This award is the highest honor we can bestow upon an employee and it recognizes one exceptional person for his or her contributions to VCU or the VCU Health System throughout his or her career.

The President’s Outstanding Achievement Award:  This award recognizes two people who have exceeded their peers in accomplishing exceptional achievements, leadership and contributions that have resulted in significant benefits to the university or health system within the realm of the employees’ jobs.

The President’s Service Excellence Award:  This award recognizes two people who exceed expectations by demonstrating outstanding service to students, patients, colleagues, and other stakeholders of the university and health system, and display a positive attitude even under the most difficult circumstances.

You may submit your nominations for these awards here, where you will find additional information regarding the awards criteria and the online nomination portal.  Please note that all nominations must be completed before August 24, 2018.


Best wishes,


Michael Rao

President, VCU and VCU Health System