President’s posts: On the rise

VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D.

VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D.

From VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D.: At Virginia Commonwealth University, we have a vibrant, dynamic culture that fuels the collaborative spirit. Every success story inspires creative expression, spurs inquiry and discovery and invokes pride.

Three years ago, we set forward on our Quest for Distinction to become the nation’s premier urban, public research university. We have made progress in so many areas, including attracting and retaining national-caliber students and internationally renowned faculty, growing our translational research enterprise and making life-saving advancements in human health.

Our successes have been profound. They have also brought new challenges, including taxing our current infrastructure. We must continue to provide the very best facilities that match the caliber of talent we are attracting. These transformations include high-tech classrooms and library facilities, state-of-the-art laboratories and clinical facilities, collaborative studio space and unique living-learning residence halls. As U.S. News & World Report pointed out last year, we are noted for making promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, student life, campus or facilities. We continue to build upon this recognition.

Here is an update on some of the projects currently on the rise.