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

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.


2017- Jihad Aziz, Director, University Counseling and 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

2018 VCU Leadership Development Program Mentors

Omar Abubaker

Endowed Chair & Professor

Deaprtment of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Chuck Klink

Senior Vice Provost

Division of Student Affairs

Kevin Allison

Senior Executive Director for Strategy & Presidential Administration

Office of the President

Mitzi Lee

Director of Real Estate Services

Division of Student Affairs

Jihad Aziz


University Counseling Services

Pam Lepley

Vice President

Divison of University Relations

Barbara Boyan


School of Engineering

Joyce Lloyd

Vice Chair of Education & Professor

Department of Human and Molecular Genetics

Maria Curran 

Vice President of Human Resources

VCU Health

Samantha Marrs

Senior Associate Vice President for Development Operations

Office of Development and Alumni Relations

Tim Davey

Interim Dean & Associate Professor

School of Social Work

D'Arcy Mays

Associate Professor & Chair

Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research

Bill Dewey


Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

James Mays

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs

College of Humanities and Sciences

Harinder Dhindsa

Associate Professor & Chief of Emergency Services

School of Medicine

Michael Newsome

Associate Vice President & Director of Finance and Administration

Office of Research and Innovation

Humberto Fabelo

Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs & Associate Professor

School of Social Work

Patricia Perkins

Assistant Vice President & University Controller

Foundation Services & University Controller's Office

Betsy Farmer

Associate Dean for Research & Professor

School of Social Work

Mike Porter

Associate Vice President

University Public Affairs

Shelli Fowler

Director of the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies & Interim Dean

University College

Daphne Rankin

Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Enrollment Management

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Jill Gordon

Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs

Mark Rubin

Executive Director of Virginia Center for Consensus Building

Office of Continuing and Professional Education

Scott Gronert

Professor & Associate Dean of Research

Department of Chemistry

David Sarrett


School of Dentistry

Jim Hinterlong

Adviser to the President for Strategic Initiatives

Office of the President

W. Scott Street IV

Associate Professor

Statistical Sciences and Operations Research

Cathy Howard 

Vice Provost

Divison of Community Engagement

Bhavna Shroff

Postgraduate Program Director & Professor

School of Dentistry

Marcos Irigaray

Vice President of Strategy, Marketing & Enterprise Analytics

VCU Health System

Michael Southam-Gerow

Associate Chair & Director of Graduate Studies

Department of Psychology

Shajuana Isom-Payne

Director of Student Success

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs

Amy Unger

Executive Director for Faculty Personnel

Office of the Provost 

Alison Jones

Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs

Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences

Meredith Weiss

Vice President for Admnistration

Division of Administration