About Quest

In June 2011 the VCU BOV approved Quest for Distinction, the university's strategic plan for 2011-2017. Quest was developed with the support and input of the entire university community and, in just 3 years, led VCU to new heights. In spring 2015 the university community was re-engaged and refocused Quest, taking a close look at our accomplishments and remaining goals and aspirations to ensure the university is positioned to complete Quest in the strongest position possible. 

Together as one university, we have achieved so much in such a short time. But we have more work to do.

Our Quest for Distinction strategic plan remains our roadmap to becoming a premier urban, public research university focused on academic quality and student success. It continues to provide a strategic framework for capitalizing on the outstanding assets that form the VCU experience — a commitment to educational quality, an environment that embraces diversity, an evolving research program with substantial increases in extramural funding, pre-eminent academic programs, an engaged community and a growing alumni base. It is an aggressive call to focused action that requires a disciplined concentration on strategic priorities and a commitment to accountability, using data to inform decisions.

Quest embodies VCU’s commitment to advancing knowledge and student success — a dual commitment that is distinctive among research universities.

Quest implementation steering committee

Kathleen Shaw, chair
Vice provost for planning and decision support

Kevin Allison
Interim vice president for Inclusive Excellence

Kathy Bassard
Senior vice provost for faculty affairs

Leslie Brown
Director, budget and resource analysis

Shannon Cribbs
Director, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness

Danielle Dick
Professor, departments of Psychology, African American Studies and Human and Molecular Genetics

Kevin Harris
Associate vice president for academic health sciences

Rosalyn Hobson Hargraves
Associate professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Samantha Marrs
Senior associate vice president for development operations, Office of the Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations

Jonathan Palumbo
Deputy director of athletics, VCU Athletics

Constance Peyton
Assessment, external reporting and survey support specialist, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness

John Ryan
Associate vice president for research development

Jamie Stillman
Director of strategic communications, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Daniel Woodward
Director of executive communications, University Relations