VCU dedicates residence hall in honor of university’s third president
Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004
Virginia Commonwealth University has dedicated the Edmund F. Ackell Residence
Center on the Monroe Park Campus in honor of the university’s third
Formerly known as 1100 West Broad Apartments— named for its location—
Ackell Residence Center was opened in 2001 and serves as home to about
400 upper-class students.
Edmund F. Ackell, M.D., D.M.D., led VCU as president from 1978 to 1990.
He was the first VCU president to have experience in the field of health
care as well as in education and administration.
“Dr. Ackell laid much of the groundwork that we have continued
to build upon and which now serves to distinguish us as a leading urban
university,” said VCU President Eugene P. Trani, Ph.D. “He
guided Virginia Commonwealth University during an important era of transition
and growth, and it is for his successful leadership that we honor Dr.
As part of the dedication, which recently was held in the residence center’s
courtyard, Henry Rhone, Ph.D., vice-provost for student affairs, presented
a portrait of Ackell that will hang in the residence center’s lobby.
Ackell’s contributions include leading a major overhaul of the
university’s governance system and administrative structure; instituting
a new system for both short-range and long-range university planning;
playing an active role in faculty leadership by establishing faculty convocation
and a new set of faculty tenure and promotion guidelines; and establishing
greater access to the community by supporting the use of the university’s
research and educational resources to meet social needs.
After three years in the U.S. Naval Reserves, Ackell received his Bachelor
of Science degree from Holy Cross College in 1949. He received his degree
in dentistry from Tufts University in 1953, and his medical degree at
Case-Western Reserve University in 1962. Before coming to VCU, he served
as vice president for health affairs and special assistant for governmental
affairs at the University of Southern California.