—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.

Welcome

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.

Mission

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.


Vision

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