Meet the leadership team


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
William R. Decatur, J.D.
Senior vice president for Finance and Administration
Brian Shaw
Senior executive director, Office of the President
John Wiencek, Ph.D.
Interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs
Marti K.S. Heil
Francis L. Macrina, Ph.D.
Vice president for Research and Innovation

Board of Visitors

Why we’re here


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 environmentthat fosters inquiry, discovery and innovation in a global setting
  • researchthat expands the boundaries of new knowledge and creative expression and promotes translational applications to improve human health
  • interdisciplinary collaborationsthat bring new perspectives to complex problems and mobilize creative energies that advance innovation and solve global challenges
  • health carethat 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
  • diversitythat 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 partnershipsthat enhance the educational, economic and cultural vitality of the communities VCU serves in Virginia and around the world


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