—Grace E. Harris, Ph.D.

Now Accepting Applications for VCU Leadership Class of 2017

The goal of this 10-month program is to develop approximately 30 current and emerging leaders each year at VCU who represent the academic and administrative units of the university and the VCU Health Systems. VCU Leadership stresses the improvement of leadership skills, behaviors, competencies, and practices. The focus is on providing participants with conceptual information, practical applications, and a variety of methods for enhancing their performance through six key priorities: personal development; professional development; university INsight, higher education OUTlook, team projects, and formal mentorship. Participants are accepted based on a nomination from the head of their sponsoring academic or administrative unit. Since the program’s inception in 2001, 350 VCU employees have graduated from VCU Leadership. Please note that complete application packets are due October 1, 2016.

Now Accepting Applications for HIGHER Ground Class of 2017

The HIGHER Ground Women’s Leadership Development Program is a five-month leadership development experience for current and emerging women leaders who are committed to investing in themselves and their organizations. Designed to benefit women at all career levels in public, private, nonprofit and entrepreneurial positions, this highly rated leadership development experience offers opportunities for personal and professional growth through experiential learning, personal assessment, and networking. By engaging in intellectual and experiential workshops, participants learn key principles aimed at enhancing their leadership styles to help them successfully leverage opportunities for advancement. Since 2001 we have graduated more than 350 individuals. Applications for the 2017 cohort are due November 1, 2016.

Save the Date

VCU Leadership Team Project Presentations - Thursday, October 6, 2016

Join Us for Leadership in Action!

The VCU Leadership Development Program Class of 2016 will be presenting their Team Projects on Thursday, October 6, 2016. All presentations will be held in the Richmond Salons located in the University Student Commons.

9:00 a.m. - RamPantry: A Model for Sustainability
10:00 a.m. - Real Voices, Real Questions, Real Engagement: VCU Speakers Series
11:00 a.m. - The Great Place Project
1:00 p.m. - Valuing Adjuncts as Liaisons for University Excellence (VALUE) Program
2:00 p.m. - RAM$mart Financial Wellness for Health Profession Students

To learn more about the Class of 2016 team projects, check out the links above! VCU Leadership Team projects from past cohorts can also be viewed here.



The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University promotes the development of current and emerging leaders in academic institutions; public, private, and nonprofit organizations; and in the community.  Leadership programs are based on the principles of collaboration and partnerships, with a strong commitment to long-term relationships between clients and participants.  Additionally, the Institute researches and disseminates knowledge on the best practices in leadership.

Through its training and public policy research, the Institute is committed to identifying and nurturing the next generation of leaders.


The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute promotes the development of current and emerging leaders in academic institutions, other public, private, and nonprofit organizations, and communities.

Consistent with the mission of VCU, the Institute is committed to identifying and nurturing the next generation of leaders through leadership training and public policy research.


The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute will be recognized throughout the region as the premier provider of leadership development programs for its:

  • Adherence to the principles of leadership exhibited by Grace E. Harris, Ph.D., based on collaboration and instituting leadership — envisioning a brighter future
  • Creating a learning environment, building collaborative partnerships, and strengthening commitment to results
  • Commitment to long-term relationships with clients and participants
  • Promotion of action-oriented transformational leadership