Nakeina Douglas-Glenn, Ph.D., assistant professor of public administration and director of the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, will receive the 2016 PACME Administrator Award

Posted 29 March 2016 by
By Tiffany Murray-Robertson
“Dr. Douglas-Glenn has achieved a long and sustained record of accomplishments that includes but extends well beyond her leadership of GEHLI,” wrote one nominator. “Her commitment to social equity and to enhancing the leadership opportunities and potential of individuals across a wide range of settings and experiences is apparent and exemplary.”
As GEHLI’s chief administrator, Douglas-Glenn collaborates with others to develop the capacity of VCU faculty and staff though the delivery of leadership and professional development curriculum, conferences and programs. Since joining the institute in 2007, she has expanded the organization’s focus to include faculty and staff at other academic institutions, as well as members of the local community with a specific focus on women, girls and members of racial and ethnic minorities. Douglas-Glenn’s own research focuses on women and leadership and the intersection of race and social policy.
Douglas-Glenn forms partnerships and works to build trust and cooperation outside her role at GEHLI. For the past year, she served as the university’s special assistant for diversity initiatives. In this role, Douglas-Glenn informed university policy recommendations, advised departments and administrators on campus climate and multicultural issues and developed professional networking programs for diverse graduate students.
Beyond her professional contributions, Douglas-Glenn has a long and impressive record of service to the community. She is a board member of the YWCA of Richmond, where she serves on leadership and governance committees; the Fan Free Clinic, where she serves as vice chair of the governance committee; and the American Council on Education Virginia Network, where she serves as communications chair.

Susan T. Gooden, PhD delivers Messick Fellow Lecture at the University of Delaware

Posted 17 April 2015 by Nakeina Douglas-Glenn

Dr. Susan Gooden delivered the Messick Fellow lecture on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 on her book, Race and Social Equity: A Nervous Area of Government at the University of Delaware’s School of Public Policy and Administration. The Messick Fellow Lecture brings distinguished scholars and researchers to the University of Delaware to interact with faculty, students, staff, and alumni to “stimulate scholarship in public administration” (Link: The lecture was co-sponsored by the University of Delaware and the Delaware Association for Public Administration (DAPA).

Susan T. Gooden, PhD receives Dr. Jewel Prestage Award

Posted 17 April 2015 by Corie Forrest

Dr. Susan Gooden received the Dr. Jewel Prestage Pioneer Award, given by the national Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA). (Link: This award recognizes scholars in the field of public administration who exemplify the legacy of Dr. Prestage. It was presented to Dr. Gooden during the 2015 COMPA conference's keynote dinner on Thursday, February 19, 2015 in Philadelphia, PA.

Grace E. Harris, Ph.D. to Receive Honorary Degree from The College of William & Mary

Posted 6 February 2015 by

Former Virginia Commonwealth University Provost, Dr. Grace E. Harris, will receive an honorary doctorate degree from The College of William & Mary. Dr. Harris will be recognized at the University’s 2015 Charter Day ceremony, slated for 4 p.m. February 6th in William & Mary Hall, marking the 322nd anniversary of the College of William & Mary.

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David Holland, VCU Leadership 2014 Participant, Accepted into the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators

Posted 31 January 2015 by

David Holland, Assistant Director of Research & Entrepreneurship of VCUarts, and VCU Leadership 2014 Participant, has received a fellowship to participate in a competitive global forum for young cultural innovators in Salzburg, Austria this October.

Nicolle Parsons-Pollard, VCU Leadership Alumna, Selected as a 2014-15 American Council on Education Fellow

Posted 21 January 2015 by

The American Council on Education has selected VSU’s Dr. Nicolle Parsons-Pollard, VCU Leadership Alumna and Virginia State University Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Operations, as one of 31 college and university senior faculty and administrators for the 2014-15 class of the ACE Fellows Program. She represents one of three fellows selected from a Historically Black College or University.

Susan T. Gooden, PhD Receives Fulbright Specialist Award with Zayed University

Posted 1 October 2014 by

August 2014. She will provide expertise on Executive MPA program curriculum development and increasing senior administrator and faculty understanding of international program accreditation standards. Susan T. Gooden, Ph.D. is a Professor of Public Administration and Policy in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs and Executive Director of the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).

Penny Blue, Minority Political Leadership Institute 2010 Alumnus, Elected to the Franklin County School Board

Posted 31 December 2014 by

Penny Blue, MPLI Class of 2010, was recently elected to the Franklin County School Board. She led a successful campaign in a five-way race for the at-large seat on the Board. The Board consists of eight members, each of whom are elected to a four year term. Penny is a retired IBM executive and has spent the past five years tutoring and teaching math at local public schools and Virginia Western Community College. She provides a unique perspective having both corporate and classroom experience.

Susan T. Gooden, PhD Elected Next ASPA President, Publishes New Book on Social Equity

Posted 6 March 2015 by

Executive Director Susan Gooden, has been elected the next president of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).

Gooden, who is a former National Council representative and a current Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, was elected as the next president of ASPA in December. The largest and most prominent professional association for public administration, the society boasts more than 8,000 members and is dedicated to advancing the art, science, teaching, and practice of public and non-profit administration. Per ASPA’s bylaws, Gooden will serve as vice president for one year starting in 2014, president-elect for one year and will serve as president in 2016.

Virginia Longitudinal Data System (VLDS): Improving Virginia's Education and Workforce Systems Grant Project Announcement

Posted 1 September 2014 by

The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute received a research grant to improve Virginia’s Education and Workforce Systems. A team of UVA and VCU researchers, led by co-principal investigators James Wycoff, Professor, Curry School of Education and Susan T. Gooden, Professor, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Executive Director, Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, have been awarded a $350,000 Virginia Longitudinal Data System (VLDS) grant.