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Jim Smither
Wilder School Spotlight / February 25, 2016

Meet Jim Smither

As an instructor in the Wilder School’s Urban and Regional Studies/Planning program, Jim Smither blends his skills as a fine artist, landscape architect, urban planner and urban designer to teach the broad principles of illustration and design in the study of place.

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Jill Gordon
Wilder School Spotlight / March 1, 2016

Meet Jill Gordon

In January, Jill Gordon, a twenty-year veteran of the university, became the new associate dean for faculty and academic affairs. Gordon is responsible for supporting a range of activities that support teaching including professional development, promotion and tenure processes, faculty and student awards. »

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Wilder School Interim Dean Susan Gooden, Ph.D. (center). VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D. and EVGA Committee Chair and VCU Board of Visitors member Robert Holsworth, Ph.D., with 2019 EVGA honorees. Back row, left to right: Joseph Walters; Deputy Director of Administration, VA Department of Corrections, Manuel Alvarez; Chairman, Goochland County Board of Supervisors, Gloria Turner; Chairman, Goochl
News / April 12, 2019

2019 Excellence in Virginia Government Honorees Celebrated

More than 250 of the most distinguished voices in Commonwealth governance gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the recipients of the 2019 Excellence in Virginia Government Awards on April 11. The awards, which recognized the achievements of 10 organizations, non-profits, public-private partnerships and individuals who have made significant contributions to Commonwealth communities, was hosted by the VCU Wilder School.

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Blythe A. Bowman
Wilder School Spotlight / March 22, 2016

Blythe A. Bowman

Dr. Blythe A. Bowman’s intellectual journey brought her to the crossroads of classics and criminal justice.

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Susan ‘Su’ Williams
Wilder School Spotlight / April 13, 2016

Susan ‘Su’ Williams

If you don’t know Su Williams, then you haven’t met the maestro. For nearly a decade, Williams has served as the senior fiscal manager at the Wilder School where her work touches nearly every aspect of the school’s academic ensemble.

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Sun Melissa Jun
Wilder School Spotlight / May 23, 2016

Meet Sun Melissa Jun

Sun Melissa Jun lives by the words she spoke at the Wilder School’s spring graduation: “Passion and enthusiasm really can bring a person far in life.”

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Four Wilder School Faculty Members Receive Promotions
News / May 26, 2016

Four Wilder School Faculty Members Receive Promotions

The Board of Visitors has approved the promotion or tenure for four Wilder School faculty members:

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News / March 12, 2019

Wilder School Soars to No. 39 in Latest U.S. News & World Report

The Wilder School ranks among the top 40 of the nation's best graduate public affairs programs—moving up five places to No. 39 in the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings.

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Photo of William Pelfrey, Jr., Ph.D.
News / May 12, 2016

Pelfrey to be a Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute

William V. Pelfrey Jr., Ph.D., chair of the Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness program and associate professor, has been named a Visiting Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute in Germany.

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Alex Kuttesch
News / May 9, 2016

MURP Student Receives NOAA Fellowship

Alex Kuttesch, a graduating student in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program, has been named a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coastal Management Fellow.

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