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Michael R. Porter, APR, is the associate vice president for public affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. He leads news and public information responsibilities at University Public Affairs, which is responsible for earned, owned and shared communications; media
relations; social media; issues management; crisis communications; internal communications and FOIA responsibilities at VCU and VCU Health.

Porter came to VCU in 2005, after a 20-year-career in broadcast journalism and management at television stations in Johnstown and State College, Pa., Charleston S.C., Washington, D.C. and Richmond.

Porter, a member of the Public Relations Society of America, earned accreditation in public relations in 2012, graduated from the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute at VCU in 2014 and completed the Lead Virginia program in 2016.

Porter is a graduate of Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., earning bachelor’s degrees in speech and communication arts, and history. He is a native of Cumberland, Md.

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Virginia Commonwealth University
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University Public Affairs
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