The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute is pleased to announce Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago as the keynote speaker for the 12th Annual HIGHER Ground Women's Leadership Conference.
Alumni Spotlight: Lynanne Yndestad
Alumni Spotlight: Brian Canaday
Alumni Spotlight: Delegate Lashrecse Aird
Hundreds gathered today at the Greater Richmond Convention Center to mourn the passing of Dr. Grace E. Harris, 84.
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: http://www.sppa.udel.edu/content/messick-fellows). The lecture was co-sponsored by the University of Delaware and the Delaware Association for Public Administration (DAPA).
Dr. Susan Gooden received the Dr. Jewel Prestage Pioneer Award, given by the national Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA). (Link: http://www.compaspanet.com/) 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.
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.
For more information, please visit: http://www.wm.edu/news/stories/2014/venture-capitalist,-former-william--mary-rector-jim-murray-to-speak-at-charter-day123.php
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.
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.
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).
Sunday, February 23, 2014, Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church honored a trio of black luminaries at its Founder’s Day celebration.
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.
Levar Stoney, MPLI Class of 2006, was recently named Secretary of the Commonwealth by Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe. His appointment is one of the first three appointments that McAuliffe has made since winning the election.
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.
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.