Application Information

Selection Criteria

Successful candidates for the VCU Leadership Development Program will:

  • Exhibit the skills, potential, and desire to take a significant role in leading the university
  • Express the desire to further develop their skills and abilities
  • Be employed at an organizational level of leadership, hold significant responsibilities in the university or show “special promise” for leadership roles
  • Commit to participate fully in all scheduled class sessions, mentoring opportunities, and special project teamwork
  • Represent a diversity of gender, race, and ethnicity
  • Have the support and commitment of their supervisors to participate fully in the VCU Leadership Development Program

Application Requirements

Interested candidates should complete the online application for submission. Complete application packets are due October 15, 2017. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space-available basis. 


All required documents must be received by the deadline.  Please ensure that your application packet contains the following:

  • Completed online application
  • Current position description
  • Personal statement

  • Curriculum vitae

  • Bio sketch of no more than 100 words. If selected to participate in the program, this brief bio will be shared with the participants and mentors. 

  • One (1) nomination from a dean/vice president and two (2) recommendations from supervisor(s)/colleague(s) The nomination/recommendation form can be found online.


The tuition of $3,425 covers all program costs including intensive leadership assessment, coaching, an overnight retreat, an experiential outdoor adventure, and meals on program days. Typically, the tuition is paid by the nominator at the beginning of the program via Interdepartmental Transfer. 

Individuals selected for participation in the 2018 class of VCU Leadership Development Program will be notified of acceptance by December 1, 2017. 



Participants who complete the VCU Leadership Program will receive a certificate of completion from The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute.

2018 At A Glance

DateSession Location
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Friday, January 19, 2018
Larrick Student Center – Court End Ballroom A&B
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Friday, February 16, 2018

University Student Commons – Richmond Salons

Thursday, March 15, 2018
Friday, March 16, 2018
Larrick Student Center – Court End Ballroom A&B
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Friday, April 20, 2018
Roslyn Retreat Center (overnight retreat)
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Friday, May 18, 2018
University Student Commons – Richmond Salons
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Friday, September 14, 2018
Larrick Student Center – Court End Ballroom A&B
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Friday, October 12, 2018

University Student Commons – Richmond Salons

Most VCU Leadership sessions occur on either the Monroe Park Campus or on the MCV Campus from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm. The overnight retreat will take place at the Roslyn Retreat Center.