Meet the leadership team

Administration

Michael Rao, Ph.D.
Sheldon M. Retchin, M.D., M.S.P.H.
Senior vice president for Health Sciences and CEO of the VCU Health System
Pamela D. Lepley
Vice president for University Relations
Wanda S. Mitchell, Ed.D.
Vice president for Inclusive Excellence
Mark E. Rubin
Executive director of Government Relations
William R. Decatur, J.D.
Vice president for Finance and Administration
Marti K.S. Heil
Beverly J. Warren, Ed.D., Ph.D, FACSM
Provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs
Francis L. Macrina, Ph.D.
Vice president for Research

Board of Visitors

Why we’re here

Mission

As the premier urban, public research university in Virginia,
VCU’s mission is to advance knowledge and student success through its commitments to:

 

  • an engaged, learner-centered environment that fosters inquiry, discovery and innovation in a global setting
  • research that expands the boundaries of new knowledge and creative expression and promotes translational applications to improve human health
  • interdisciplinary collaborations that bring new perspectives to complex problems and mobilize creative energies that advance innovation and solve global challenges
  • health care that strives to preserve and restore health for all people, to seek the cause and cure of diseases through groundbreaking research, and to educate those who serve humanity
  • diversity that provides a climate of inclusion, a dedication to addressing disparities wherever they exist, and an opportunity to explore and create in an environment of trust
  • sustainable, university-community partnerships that enhance the educational, economic and cultural vitality of the communities VCU serves in Virginia and around the world

Vision

What we value

  • Accountability

    Committing to the efficient and transparent stewardship of our resources to achieve institutional excellence

  • Achievement

    Ensuring distinction in learning, research and scholarly pursuits, service, and patient care

  • Collaboration

    Fostering collegiality and cooperation to advance learning, entrepreneurship and inquiry

  • Freedom

    Striving for intellectual truth with responsibility and civility, respecting the dignity of all individuals

  • Innovation

    Cultivating discovery, creativity, originality, inventiveness and talent

  • Service

    Engaging in the application of learning and discovery to improve the human condition and support the public good at home and abroad

  • Diversity

    Ensuring a climate of trust, honesty and integrity where all people are valued and differences and recognized as an asset

  • Integrity

    Adhering to the highest standards of honesty, respect and professional and scholarly ethics