Meet the leadership team

Administration

Michael Rao, Ph.D.

Michael Rao, Ph.D.
President, VCU and VCU Health System

Kevin Allison, Ph.D.

Kevin Allison, Ph.D.
Senior assistant to the president

Jay Bonfili

Richard Bunce
Interim vice president for Finance and Budget

Bill Cole

Bill Cole
Executive director of Audit and Compliance Services

Matthew A. Conrad, J.D.

Matthew A. Conrad, J.D.
Executive director of government and board relations

John F. Duval

John F. Duval
Vice president for clinical services and CEO of VCU Hospitals

Karah L. Gunther

Karah L. Gunther
Executive director of Government Relations and Health Policy

Gail Hackett, Ph.D.

Gail Hackett, Ph.D.
Provost and vice president for Academic Affairs

Marti K.S. Heil

Marti K.S. Heil
Vice president for Development and Alumni Relations

Pamela D. Lepley

Pamela D. Lepley
Vice president for University Relations

Francis L. Macrina, Ph.D.

Francis L. Macrina, Ph.D.
Vice president for Research and Innovation

Ed McLaughlin

Ed McLaughlin
Associate vice president and director of Athletics

Wanda Mitchell, Ed.D.

Wanda S. Mitchell, Ed.D.
Vice president for Inclusive Excellence

Marsha D. Rappley, M.D.

Marsha D. Rappley, M.D.
Vice president for Health Sciences and CEO of the VCU Health System

Brian Shaw

Brian Shaw
Senior executive director, Office of the President, and interim vice president of Administration

Madelyn Wessel, J.D.

Madelyn Wessel, J.D.
University counsel

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

VCU will be a premier urban, public research university distinguished by its commitment to:

the intellectual and academic success of a diverse student body

research and discovery that advances knowledge, inspires creativity and improves human health

the global engagement of students, faculty and staff that transforms lives and communities

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