The Virginia Commonwealth University Leadership Development Program is a 10-month program designed to enhance the knowledge, skills, and experience of current and emerging leaders at VCU who represent the academic and administrative units of the University and the VCU Health System.
During this program, participants learn about VCU’s structure and leadership, address both local and national issues in higher education, examine their own leadership strengths and challenges, meet with a mentor from senior administration/faculty, and immerse themselves in team projects for the benefit of the University.
The program stresses that the improvement of leadership skills, behaviors, competencies, and practices requires knowledge acquisition, professional skill development, and feedback. Therefore, the focus is on providing participants with conceptual information, practical applications, and a variety of methods for enhancing their performance.
The VCU Leadership Development Program focuses on:
The VCU Leadership Development Program stresses that the improvement of leadership skills, behaviors, competencies, and practices requires knowledge acquisition, professional skill development, and feedback. Therefore, the program focuses on providing participants with conceptual information, practical applications, and a variety of methods for enhancing their performance.
The VCU Leadership Development Program curriculum is designed to:
The VCU Leadership Development Program curriculum has four key components:
Participants in the VCU Leadership Development Program are paired with a senior-level university leader to enhance the participant's leadership development experience; foster university connections across professional levels, disciplines and campuses; support the growth and development of program participants by the sharing of experiences and strategies for success in academia; and provide practical guidance for dealing with professional dilemmas and career progression.
VCU Leadership Development Program Mentors are key decision makers within the university with social and political capital of benefit to the development of the protégés. Mentors who participate in the program are selected based on: their senior experience in a variety of university settings, diversity, professional background, their recognition as successful leaders, and their personal commitment to sharing their professional experiences in the development of others. If you would like to be considered for service as a mentor, please email our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annually, a "Mentor of the Year" award is given at the conclusion of the program. The awardee is selected by the program's participants and honors the mentor who has made the biggest impact on their protégé.
2019 - Susan Robb, Senior Associate Vice President for Research, Office of Research and Innovation
2018 - Meredith Weiss, vice president for administration, Office of the President
2017- Jihad Aziz, director, University Counseling
Aashir Nasim, associate vice provost for faculty affairs, Office of the Provost
2016 - Mark Rubin, executive director of the Virginia Center for Consensus Building
2015 - Quincy Byrdsong, vice president for clinical research administration and compliance
2014 - Michael D. Davis, interim vice provost for academic and faculty affairs
2013 - Catherine Howard, vice provost, Division of Community Engagement
2012 - Martha Lou Green, special assistant to the provost for student veteran support
Who is eligible for participation in the VCU Leadership Development Program?
Any current or emerging leader who represent the academic or administrative departments of the university or the VCU Health System is eligible for nomination from their dean or vice president. This includes administrative faculty, classified staff, teaching and research faculty, hourly employees, law enforcement, clinical faculty, and professional faculty.
What is the value of the program to tenured/tenure track faculty members?
The program focus is on providing participants with conceptual information, practical applications, and a variety of methods for enhancing their performance. The VCU Leadership Development Program is designed to address six priorities aligned with the university’s vision for leadership:
What is the application process?
To apply, you need to submit a completed online application form, current position description, personal statement, curriculum vitae, bio sketch, one nomination from a dean or vice president, and two recommendations from supervisors and/or colleagues. All required documents should be submitted by Oct. 15 each year. Applications can be found on our website at gehli.vcu.edu/programs/vcu-leadership-development/application/.
How many sessions are offered, and when are they scheduled?
The VCU Leadership Development Program is a 10-month program starting in January and ending in October. Participants meet for two consecutive sessions (Thursday and Friday) once a month. Typically, each session starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends by 5 p.m.
What is the cost of the program, and what is included?
The program cost is $3,425. This fee covers all materials, intensive leadership assessments, overnight retreat lodging and meals on program days.
Does the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute offer scholarships to cover the program fee?
The institute does not provide individual financial support.
Are applicants required to be nominated by a dean or vice president?
Yes, participants are accepted based on a nomination from the head of their sponsoring academic or administrative department.
Do participants receive credits that they can later transfer to a postsecondary institution?
No, we do not offer academic credit for participating in the VCU Leadership Development Program.
Do participants receive continuing education credit?
Yes, participants can earn CEUs for full program participation, but they must express their interest in obtaining these at the start of the program and must actively participate throughout the duration of the program.