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(Top) Wilder School students study a tombstone. (Middle) Assistant Professor Kathryn Howell, Ph.D., and students look to see what Evergreen Cemetery Caretaker Ted Maris-Wolf is uncovering. (Below) Wilder School students watch their steps as they walk through the cemetery's vine-clogged paths.
News / March 7, 2018

Wilder School Students Help Restore the Past, Plan for Future

A monstrous tangle of ivy and kudzu vines clog many pathways and bury much of Historic Evergreen Cemetery under a blanket of neglect. Some tombstones are so worn their names are illegible. Others lay crumbled, shrouded by a towering canopy of trees.

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Governor L. Douglas Wilder, the recipient of the 2018 Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Award, stands in front of Virginia's state capitol.
News / March 2, 2018

Wilder School to Mount Impressive Showing at National Conference

Thirteen Wilder School faculty and students—including Governor L. Douglas Wilder and ASPA Immediate Past President and Professor, Susan Gooden, Ph.D.—will present more than 20 presentations during the 2018 American Society for Public Administration Conference to be held in Denver, March 9-13. With more than 7,500 members representing every level and function of government and nonprofits, ASPA is the nation's preeminent association for public management.

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News / February 22, 2018

Criminal Justice Program Represented at Academy Meeting

The Wilder School was well represented at the 55th annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, held Feb. 13-17 in New Orleans and that drew 1,500 participants.

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News / February 19, 2018

ASPA to Honor Governor Wilder with Social Equity Award

L. Douglas Wilder, distinguished professor at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia’s 66th governor, will receive the American Society for Public Administration Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Award at ASPA’s upcoming annual conference in Denver, Colorado.

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Dr. Grace Harris, who retired as a distinguished professor at the Wilder School’s Center for Public Policy and was the first African-American woman to serve as the chief academic officer of a four-year public university in Virginia, died on Monday, February 12.
News / February 13, 2018

Grace E. Harris, Trailblazer and Breaker of Glass Ceilings, Dies at 84

Dr. Grace E. Harris, who retired as a distinguished professor at the Wilder School’s Center for Public Policy and was the first African-American woman to serve as the chief academic officer of a four-year public university in Virginia, died on Monday, February 12.

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News / February 13, 2018

Wilder School Report Analyzes Virginia’s Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program

During an annual legislative reception hosted last week, First Lady Pam Northam highlighted the findings of two just-completed studies that show the sustained and substantial contribution preservation makes to Virginia’s economy through the incentives of state historic rehabilitation tax credits (RTCs) to repurpose and recycle old buildings.

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News / February 8, 2018

Graduate Information Session on February 23

Learn about the Wilder School’s graduate programs and how they can help advance your career at the "Why Wilder? Graduate Information Session" on Friday, February 23.

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Sombo Chunda is a doctoral student at the VCU Wilder School.
News / February 6, 2018

Wilder Student Helps Chart New Interest Area at ASPA

Sombo Chunda, a doctoral candidate in public policy in administration, is the interim secretary of a new section of the American Society for Public Administration that aims to advance the welfare of more than 1.3 billion Africans by promoting the practice and instruction of public service education on the continent.

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News / January 24, 2018

Minority Political Leadership Institute Seeking Participants

The VCU Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, housed in the Wilder School, is recruiting participants for the 2018 Minority Political Leadership Institute.

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News / February 1, 2018

Lowery to Receive Award

Patrick Lowery, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Wilder School’s Criminal Justice program, will receive the SAGE Junior Faculty Professional Development Teaching Award during the annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

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