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Commencement 2018

Join us in celebrating our graduating students on Saturday, May 12, at 9am in the Robins Center!

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New Professional Certificate in Political Campaign Management

SPCS is launching the Richmond area’s first professional certificate in political campaign management, designed for those interested in senior staff roles in local, state and national political campaigns. 

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2018 Summer School at UR

Registration for Summer School at UR is now open! Continuing UR students register via BannerWeb, and non-UR students, including select high school students, can apply now!

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Osher Institute Registration for Spring 2018

Online registration is open for spring 2018 classes and events offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute! Current members log in to enroll, and new and renewing members can purchase memberships online as well. New to Osher? Visit our online registration instructions.

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SPCS Strategic Plan Implementation Update

Provides an implementation update as of Fall 2018 that addresses goals one and four of the Strategic Plan.Read the Update

Find your path. Explore your potential.

More than 50 years ago, the School of Professional and Continuing Studies (SPCS) pioneered professional and continuing education in Richmond. Today, we enrich the lives and careers of thousands of part-time and nontraditional students of all ages.

As one of the five schools of the University of Richmond, we make available to nontraditional students the resources of the University. We’re the only school in the nation’s top 25 national liberal arts colleges with a dedicated division for professional and continuing education.

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Faculty & Staff News

  • Thornton mentioned in Personnel Today The lenses of ethical leadership in Prof. Linda Fisher Thornton’s 2013 book, 7 Lenses: Learning the Principles and Practices of Ethical Leadership, were mentioned in an article on occupational health sustainability in Personnel Today.
  • Shields named SPCS associate dean

    Dr. Tom Shields, Associate Professor of Education, Graduate Education program chair, and Center for Leadership in Education director, has been named the SPCS Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs, effective July 1, 2018.

  • Stern interviewed by WVTF RadioIQ about Beer Brewing

    Garrett Stern, SPCS Senior Program Manager for Professional Development programs, was interviewed in Beer Boom Leads to More Classes about the School’s new Professional Brewers Series.

  • Kay Robertson earns 15 year service award

    Kay Robertson, Assistant to Dean in the School of Professional & Continuing Studies, was recognized for 15 years of service to SPCS at the University of Richmond’s annual Service Awards celebration held March 19, 2018.

  • Mary Catherine Raymond earns 15 year service award

    Mary Catherine Raymond, Senior Program Manager for Nondegree Programs in the School of Professional & Continuing Studies, was recognized for 10 years of service to SPCS at the University of Richmond’s annual Service Awards celebration held March 19, 2018.

  • Flynn Morris named RVA SHRM president-elect

    Gretchen Flynn Morris, GPHR, SHRM-SCP, Instructor of HR Management and Director of Strategic Management for Academic Programs, has been named President-Elect for Greater Richmond SHRM.

  • Brown announces retirement from UR

    Dr. Patricia Joy Johnson Brown, Senior Associate Dean of the School of Professional & Continuing Studies, has announced her retirement from the University of Richmond effective June 30, 2018, after nearly 23 years of successful leadership in SPCS.

  • Cassada promoted to associate professor

    Dr. Kate Cassada, Assistant Chair of Graduate Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of Education by the University of Richmond Board of Trustees during its February meeting.

  • Lee receives trailblazer award

    Dr. Lauranett Lee, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts, was awarded the John Jasper Trailblazer Award by Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church in Richmond. The award is presented to those who have made significant contributions to the African-American community.

  • Watson receives Osher grant

    Peggy Watson, W’77, recently received a second $25,000 capacity-building grant on behalf of UR’s Osher Institute from The Bernard Osher Foundation. The award supports local membership and fundraising development efforts.

Alumni & Graduate News

  • Alumni association announces new directors & officers for 2018-19

    The SPCS Alumni Association Board of Directors has announced incoming directors and officers for the 2018-19 academic year. Terms for directors and officers begin May 15, 2018. Congratulations to new board members and heartfelt thanks to those whose terms end in May!

  • Margaret Dalton, C'12, earns promotion with Henrico Schools

    Margaret A. Dalton, C’12, member of the SPCS Alumni Association Board of Directors and secretary to the Association, has been promoted to Information Technology Manager and Systems Engineer in the Henrico County Public Schools technology department.

  • Pleshette Bowens, C'16, accepted to graduate program

    Pleshette Bowens, C’17, member of the last Danville Weekend College graduating class, has been accepted into the Master of Nonprofit Leadership Studies program at Lynchburg College and will start coursework in the summer. Bowens notes she is “meant to live a life of service” and believes this program will help her “do it most effectively.”

  • David Johns, IOP grad & Ferrum president, featured in Roanoke Times

    Dr. David Johns, who earned a Fund Development certificate from the University of Richmond Institute on Philanthropy, was featured in a March 19, 2018, Roanoke Times article, New Ferrum President Takes a Big Picture View of Running a Small College.

  • Nicole Hood, GC'15, named director at The Bryn Mawr School

    Dr. Nicole G. Hood, GC’15, has been named to the position of Upper School Director at The Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore effective July 1, 2018. Hood earned a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at the School of Professional & Continuing Studies.

  • Ruby Decker, GC'15, earns grant for school

    Ruby M. Decker, GC’15, who earned her Graduate Certificate in Teacher Licensure Preparation at SPCS, applied for and received a Crayola-funded Champion Creatively Alive Children grant for the school where she teaches, Montpelier Elementary School in Prince George’s County, Maryland. 

  • David Johns, IOP graduate, named Ferrum College president

    Dr. David Johns, who earned a Fund Development certificate from the University of Richmond Institute on Philanthropy last summer to help prepare himself for a higher education leadership position, has been named the 12th president of Ferrum College in Ferrum, Virginia, effective January 1, 2018.

  • Manyang Kher, C'17

    To raise money for the Sudanese refugee crisis, Manyang Kher, C’17, a Sudanese refugee himself, started his own coffee company last year called 734 Coffee, named for the Gambela region where they source their coffee beans. Read more on Spider Pride.

  • Frenishee Smith, GC'12, GC'16

    Frenishee Smith, GC’12, GC’16, has been awarded a 2017 R.E.B. Award for Teaching Excellence by The Community Foundation and the R.E.B. Foundation. Smith’s award will fund visiting schools that engage students living in poverty in innovative ways along with attending The International Conference on Urban Education in Nassau, Bahamas.

  • Grace Creasey, GC'14

    Grace Creasey, GC’14, has been named the Executive Director for the Virginia Council for Private Education, effective October 16, 2017. Creasey earned a master of education degree in educational leadership and policy studies in December 2014.

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