Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is Virginia's largest urban university with an enrollment of nearly 30,000 students on two campuses in Richmond and partnerships in Northern Virginia and Doha, Qatar. The university's history is rooted in two institutions: the Medical College of Virginia, founded in 1838, and the Richmond Professional Institute, which began in 1917. As told in this book, MCV and RPI each have an intricate and detailed history, and each has undergone several incarnations since it began. The
two schools merged in 1968 to form Virginia Commonwealth University, setting off a period of unprecedented growth and change. VCU continues to expand its programs and facilities to meet the demands of the city of Richmond and the Commonwealth of Virginia under the leadership of Pres. Eugene P. Trani.
About the Author
In Virginia Commonwealth University, authors Ray Bonis, Jodi Koste, and Curtis Lyons have compiled more than 200 vintage and contemporary images to illustrate VCU's nearly 170-year history. Ray Bonis is assistant archivist at the James Branch Cabell Library and has been with VCU Libraries for over 15 years. Jodi Koste has been the archivist at the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences since 1981. Curtis Lyons has been the head of the Special Collections and Archives department at the James Branch Cabell Library since 1999.