The VCU L. Douglas Wilder School Centers and Institutes Join Forces
Join The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, a center in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs in celebrating our new director, Antoinette L. Allen, PhD
Farewell to GEHLI Director
As we say 'farewell' to Dr. Douglas-Glenn at GEHLI, there is also room for a 'hello,' as she takes the Research Institute for Social Equity to new heights.
MPLI 2022 class kicks off at the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute
The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute of the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU welcomes 27 enrollees for the 2022 class of the Minority Political Leadership Institute.
Trailblazing NASA engineer and STEM advocate to speak at VCU conference
NASA engineer K. Renee Horton will provide keynote remarks at the 14th annual HIGHER Ground Women's Leadership Conference at VCU next month.
MPLI Virtual Event Highlights Racial Implications of Virginia's Amendment 1
The virtual event, hosted by The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute's Minority Political Leadership Institute, featured remarks from key political, community, and academic leaders on both sides of the discussion.
Dr. Douglas-Glenn publishes "Shifting Frames: Considerations for Policy Equity" in PA Times
Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago to give keynote speech
The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute is pleased to announce Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago as the keynote speaker for the 12th Annual HIGHER Ground Women's Leadership Conference.
Family, friends mourn the passing of Grace Harris
Hundreds gathered today at the Greater Richmond Convention Center to mourn the passing of Dr. Grace E. Harris, 84.
Nakeina Douglas-Glenn, Ph.D., assistant professor of public administration and director of the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, will receive the 2016 PACME Administrator Award
Susan T. Gooden, Ph.D., delivers Messick Fellow Lecture at the University of Delaware
Dr. Susan Gooden delivered the Messick Fellow lecture on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 on her book, Race and Social Equity: A Nervous Area of Government at the University of Delaware’s School of Public Policy and Administration. The Messick Fellow Lecture brings distinguished scholars and researchers to the University of Delaware to interact with faculty, students, staff, and alumni to “stimulate scholarship in public administration” (Link: The lecture was co-sponsored by the University of Delaware and the Delaware Association for Public Administration (DAPA).
Susan T. Gooden, Ph.D., receives Dr. Jewel Prestage Award
Dr. Susan Gooden received the Dr. Jewel Prestage Pioneer Award, given by the national Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA). (Link: This award recognizes scholars in the field of public administration who exemplify the legacy of Dr. Prestage. It was presented to Dr. Gooden during the 2015 COMPA conference's keynote dinner on Thursday, February 19, 2015 in Philadelphia, PA.
Grace E. Harris, Ph.D., to receive honorary degree from the College of William & Mary
David Holland, VCU Leadership 2014 participant, accepted into the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators
David Holland, assistant director of research and entrepreneurship of VCUarts, and VCU Leadership 2014 participant, has received a fellowship to participate in a competitive global forum for young cultural innovators in Salzburg, Austria, this October.
Nicolle Parsons-Pollard, VCU Leadership alumna, selected as a 2014-15 American Council on Education Fellow
The American Council on Education has selected VSU’s Dr. Nicolle Parsons-Pollard, VCU Leadership alumna and Virginia State University assistant vice provost for academic operations, as one of 31 college and university senior faculty and administrators for the 2014-15 class of the ACE Fellows Program. She represents one of three fellows selected from a Historically Black College or University.
Susan T. Gooden, Ph.D., receives Fulbright Specialist Award with Zayed University
August 2014. She will provide expertise on Executive MPA program curriculum development and increasing senior administrator and faculty understanding of international program accreditation standards. Susan T. Gooden, Ph.D. is a Professor of Public Administration and Policy in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs and Executive Director of the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).
Dr. Grace E. Harris receives John Jasper Trailblazer Award
Sunday, February 23, 2014, Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church honored a trio of black luminaries at its Founder’s Day celebration.
Penny Blue, Minority Political Leadership Institute 2010 alumnus, elected to the Franklin County School Board
Penny Blue, MPLI Class of 2010, was recently elected to the Franklin County School Board. She led a successful campaign in a five-way race for the at-large seat on the Board. The Board consists of eight members, each of whom are elected to a four year term. Penny is a retired IBM executive and has spent the past five years tutoring and teaching math at local public schools and Virginia Western Community College. She provides a unique perspective having both corporate and classroom experience.
Levar Stoney, Minority Political Leadership Institute 2006 alumnus, named Secretary of the Commonwealth
Levar Stoney, MPLI Class of 2006, was recently named Secretary of the Commonwealth by Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe. His appointment is one of the first three appointments that McAuliffe has made since winning the election.
Susan T. Gooden, Ph.D., elected next ASPA president, publishes new book on social equity
Executive Director Susan Gooden, has been elected the next president of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). Gooden, who is a former National Council representative and a current Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, was elected as the next president of ASPA in December. The largest and most prominent professional association for public administration, the society boasts more than 8,000 members and is dedicated to advancing the art, science, teaching, and practice of public and non-profit administration. Per ASPA’s bylaws, Gooden will serve as vice president for one year starting in 2014, president-elect for one year and will serve as president in 2016.