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Division of Inclusive Excellence Announcement

Monday, June 13, 2016

To the VCU Community:

Vice President Wanda Mitchell has informed me that after serious reflection she has decided to transition out of leading VCU’s Division of Inclusive Excellence to pursue other interests and leadership roles in higher education. She wrote to me, “life experiences have helped me appreciate the joys of following one’s passion and dreams now rather than waiting until later. I am honored to have served as the university’s founding vice president for Inclusive Excellence and to have had the pleasure of working with colleagues so dedicated to the work.”

Fortunately, Dr. Mitchell has agreed to remain at VCU for another year as a special assistant to the president for university strategic initiatives and collaborations and also serve as professor in counseling and special education. In this role, her primary responsibilities will be to complete her work to finalize the 2016-2021 Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Action Plan and provide counsel on several aspects of its implementation. Dr. Mitchell also will be involved in establishing VCU’s cultural competence education program and identifying and engaging in other strategic and innovative community collaborations for VCU. Her academic responsibilities include such things as working on grant proposals, coordinating educational sessions for the world café model, guest lecturing and serving on a dissertation committee.

Dr. Mitchell will step down as vice president on June 30, at which time Dr. Kevin Allison, senior assistant to the president, will assume responsibilities to head the Division of Inclusive Excellence on an interim basis.

I thank Dr. Mitchell for her four years of dedicated service to the university and commitment to her responsibilities as the founding vice president for Inclusive Excellence. She has been the ultimate professional. I look forward to working with Dr. Mitchell in her new capacity and to continuing our efforts to strengthen VCU’s diversity and inclusion work.


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