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Working Groups

Working Groups were established for each theme in the plan. Nominations for Working Groups were sought from all sectors of the University community, and the Steering Committee Co-Chairs appreciate the many dozens of nominations they received.

Each Working Group was asked — charged — to develop goals and initiatives that the University should consider pursuing over the next five years to advance the University’s work in that thematic area. Each Working Group’s charge included a clear timeline and guidance about when drafts would be due, to ensure that members of the campus community had a chance to provide feedback on the emerging drafts. The charge also included important questions for consideration and relevant feedback, guidance about resources and resource constraints, as well as questions to consider about metrics that could be used to assess the success of proposed plan elements. Key definitions that were used by working groups can be found on the resources page, as well as background material from the Academic Excellence Working Group.

The membership of each Working Group is listed with the corresponding themes in the plan:

Academic Excellence

The University will offer an outstanding education to all students, grounded in excellent and inclusive teaching, student engagement, and active inquiry. The University will support the production of new knowledge and artistic work that enlivens our community and makes a difference in the world. A Richmond education will prepare students to thrive in a variety of settings, connect their education to the local community and broader world, and apply their learning in principled ways for the good of society.

Working Group

Co-Chairs

  • Jacque Fetrow, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Walt Stevenson, Associate Professor of Classical Studies

Membership

  • Iakovos Anastasakis, '17
  • Ben Broening, Professor of Music, Associate Dean, School of Arts & Sciences
  • Lisa Cheney, Student, SPCS
  • Sojourna Cunningham, Social Science and Assessment Librarian
  • Jessica Erickson, Professor of Law
  • Jess Flanigan, Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies and PPEL
  • Andy Gurka, Director, Living-Learning and Roadmap Programs
  • Yvonne Howell, Professor of Russian and International Studies
  • Joe Ben Hoyle, Associate Professor of Accounting
  • Crystal Hoyt, Professor of Leadership Studies and Psychology
  • Todd Lookingbill, Associate Professor of Biology, Associate Professor of Geography and the Environment
  • Lindsey Love, Associate Director, Academic Advising Resource Center
  • KimMarie McGoldrick, Professor of Economics, Joseph A. Jennings Chair in Business
  • Erik Nielson, Associate Professor of Liberal Arts
  • Sandra Peart, Dean, Jepson School of Leadership Studies
  • Kevin Pelletier, Associate Professor of English
  • Jack Preis, Professor of Law
  • Patrice Rankine, Dean, School of Arts & Sciences
  • Nicole Sackley, Associate Professor of History and American Studies
  • Mary Tate, Associate Clinical Professor of Law & Director of Institute for Actual Innocence
  • Porcher Taylor, Professor of Paralegal Studies and Associate Professor of Management
  • Carrie Wu, Associate Professor of Biology
Intellectual Community

Our intellectual community will promote broad inquiry, creative exploration, vigorous exchange of ideas, thoughtful disagreement, and intellectual risk-taking, connecting curricular, co-curricular, and campus life. Intellectual community at Richmond will promote habits of mind that urge and enable students to ask and answer unscripted questions, engage ethically the complex and rapidly changing world that awaits them, and live an examined life.

Working Group

Co-Chairs

  • Steve Bisese, Vice President, Student Development
  • Martha Merritt, Dean and Carole M. Weinstein Chair of International Education

Membership

  • Kenneth Anderson, '17
  • Quiona Beason, Area Coordinator for Richmond College
  • Linda Boland, Associate Professor of Biology
  • Ashleigh Brock, Associate Director, Experiential Learning and Assessment, Alumni and Career Services
  • Christopher Cotropia, Director of Intellectual Property Institute and Professor of Law
  • Jeff Harrison, Professor of Management, David Robbins Chair in Strategic Management
  • Malcolm Hill, Professor of Biology, Clarence Denoon Professor of Science
  • Glyn Hughes, Director, Common Ground
  • David Kitchen, Associate Dean, Strategic Planning and Summer Programs, SPCS
  • Evan McKay, '17
  • Dan Palazzolo, Professor of Political Science
  • Wendy Perdue, Dean, Richmond School of Law
  • Adrienne Piazza, Manager, Educational Initiatives and Leadership Development, Bonner Center for Civic Engagement
  • Lidia Radi, Associate Professor of Italian and French
  • Erling A. Sjovold, Associate Professor of Art
  • LaRee Sugg, Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator
  • Gil Villanueva, Associate Vice President and Dean, Admission
  • Chris von Rueden, Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies
  • Martha Whamond, '17
  • Carol Wittig, Head, Research and Instruction, Boatwright Library
Access & Affordability

Through careful stewardship of University resources, and with the active and generous support of alumni, the University of Richmond will foster and sustain a socioeconomically diverse student body for whom access to the transformative opportunities that Richmond provides — and likelihood of success in those opportunities — will not be dependent upon financial circumstance or background.

Working Group

Co-Chairs

  • Stephanie Dupaul, Vice President, Enrollment Management
  • Jim Monks, Professor of Economics

Membership

  • Lewis Barnett, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Patricia Johnson Brown, Senior Associate Dean, School of Professional and Continuing Studies 
  • Jennifer Cable, Professor of Music, Director of Richmond Scholars Program
  • Cindy Deffenbaugh, Assistant Vice President and Director of Student Financial Aid
  • Mark Detterick, Associate Vice President, Financial Planning and Budget
  • Kelling Donald, Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • Jim Gibson, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law
  • Al Goethals, E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Professor in Leadership Studies
  • Marilyn Hesser, Senior Associate Director, Admission
  • Tianni Ivey, '18
  • Saif Mehkari, Assistant Professor of Economics
  • Lisa Miles, Associate Director, Common Ground
  • Robb Moore, Assistant Vice President for Advancement Systems
  • Cynthia Price, Director of Media and Public Relations
  • Kimberly Robinson, Professor of Law
  • Ellen Walk, Assistant Professor of Information Systems, Assistant Professor of Management, Associate Dean, School of Professional and Continuing Studies
  • Jamelle Wilson, Dean, School of Professional and Continuing Studies
Thriving & Inclusive Community

The University of Richmond will recruit and retain a diverse community of students, staff, and faculty, and promote the full participation and thriving of all of its members. Strengthened by the inclusivity of the University community, students will be prepared to flourish in a variety of settings and effectively navigate and contribute to our complex world.

Working Group

Co-Chairs

  • Keith Gill, Director, Athletics
  • Amy Howard, Assistant Vice President, Community Initiatives and the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement

Membership

  • Nancy Bagranoff, Dean, Robins School of Business
  • Tina Cade, Associate Vice President, Student Development and Director of Multicultural Affairs
  • Bettie Clarke, Executive Director, Campus Dining
  • Stephanie Cobb, Associate Professor of Religion, George and Sallie Cutchin Camp Professor of Bible
  • Audrey Coulbourn, Director, Talent and Organizational Effectiveness
  • Nate Crozier, Director, Admission
  • Mia Reinoso Genoni, Dean, Westhampton College
  • Julian Hayter, Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies
  • April Hill, Professor of Biology
  • Adam Marquardt, Associate Professor of Marketing
  • Butch Massenburg, HVAC Mechanic, University Facilities
  • Ladelle McWhorter, Professor of Philosophy, Stephanie Bennett-Smith Chair in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Krittika Onsanit, Director, International Student and Scholar Services
  • Doron Samuel-Siegel, Assistant Professor of Legal Writing
  • Tom Shields, Associate Professor of Education and Program Chair of Graduate Education
  • Shira Smillie, '18
  • Denise Dwight Smith, Assistant Vice President for Alumni and Career Services
  • Andrew Winter, '17