VCU Leadership Development Program Mentors

Participants in the VCU Leadership Development Program receive a mentor from senior level administration. The program pairs current and emerging leaders among the faculty, staff, and administrators with a senior level university leader to: enhance his/her leadership development experience, foster University connections across professional levels, disciplines, and campuses, support the growth and development of program participants by sharing of experiences and strategies for success in academia, and provide practical guidance for dealing with professional dilemmas and career progression.

VCU Leadership Development Program Mentors are key decision makers within the university with social and political capital of benefit to the development of the protégés. Mentors who participate in the program are selected based on: their senior experience in a variety of university settings, diversity, professional background, their recognition as successful leaders, and their personal commitment to sharing their professional experiences in the development of others. If you would like to be considered for service as a mentor, please email our office at

Edmund Acevedo

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies & Strategic Initiatives

College of Humanities & Sciences

Susan Kornstein

Executive Director, Institute for Women's Health

School of Medicine

Barbara Boyan

Alice T. and William H. Goodwin Jr. Dean

College of Engineering

John Kregel

Professor, Special Education and Disability Policy Director

School of Education

Christopher Brooks

Coordinator of Anthropology

School of World Studies

Larry Little

Vice President of Support Services & Planning

VCU Health System

Sarah Jane Brubaker

Director, Certificate in Gender Violence Intervention

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs       

Joyce Lloyd

Vice Chair of Education & Professor

Department of Human and Molecular Genetics

Peter Buckley


School of Medicine

Robyn McDougle

Director, Center for Public Policy

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs

Jim Burke

Director, Performance Management Group

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs          

Aashir Nasim

Vice President for Inclusive Excellence

Division of Inclusive Excellence

B. Ellen Byrne

Senior Associate Dean

School of Dentistry

Michael Newsome

Senior Associate Vice President

Office of Research and Innovation

David Cifu

Associate Dean of Innovation and System Integration

School of Medicine

Kelechi Ogbonna

Associate Dean of Admission & Student Services

School of Dentistry

Tina Cunningham

Associate Vice President for Sponsored Program

Office of Research and Innovation

Daphne Rankin

Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Enrollment

Division for Strategic Enrollment Management

Maria Curran

Chief Experience Officer

VCU Health System

Joann Richardson

Associate Professor & Department Chair, Kinesiology & Health Sciences

College of Humanities & Sciences

Tim Davey

Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Office of the Provost

Susan Robb

Senior Associate Vice President for Research Administration & Compliance

Office of Research and Innovation

Mike Fallacaro

Director of Special Projects

College of Health Professions

Mark Rubin

Executive Director, Virginia Center for Consensus Building

Office of Continuing and Professional Education

Shelli Fowler

Associate Dean

University College

David Sarrett


School of Dentistry

James Fowlkes

Director, Operations

Academic Transofrmation Learning (ALT) Lab

Bhavna Shroff

Professor & Graduate Program Director, Orthodontics

School of Dentistry

Montse Fuentes


College of Humanities & Sciences

Jamie Stillman

Director of Strategic Communications

Office of the Provost

Karol Gray

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Office of the President

Maggie Tolan

Senior Associate Vice Provost for Student Success

Office of the Provost

Mary Hermann

Associate Professor, Counseling & Special Education

School of Education

Susan Torti

Vice President for Preoperative Services

VCU Health System

Michael Huffman


Office of Continuing and Professional Education

Carolyn Watts

Richard M. Bracken Chair & Chairman, Health Administration

College of Health Professions

Heidi Jack

Executive Director of Academic Finance & Administration             

Office of the Provost

Meredith Weiss

Vice President for Admnistration

Division of Administration 

Tom Klug

Associate Vice President of University Marketing

Division of University Relations 

Paul Wesolowski

Chief Operating Officer

VCU Health System

Mentor of the Year

Annually, a "Mentor of the Year" award is given at the conclusion of the program. The awardee is selected by the program's participants and honors the mentor who has made the biggest impact on his/her protégé.


2018 - Meredith Weiss, Vice President for Administration, Office of the President

2017- Jihad Aziz, Director, University Counseling
           Aashir Nasim, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Office of the Provost

2016 - Mark Rubin, Executive director of the Virginia Center for Consensus Building

2015 - Quincy Byrdsong, Vice President for Clinical Research Administration and Compliance

2014 - Michael D. Davis, Interim Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs

2013 Catherine Howard, Vice Provost, Division of Community Engagement

2012 Martha Lou Green, Special Assistant to the Provost for Student Veteran Support