Students of the Red Cross Institute of the Richmond School of Social Work and Public Health, along with school founder Dr. Henry H. Hibbs Jr., stand at the Virginia State Capitol in 1918. (Credit: VCU Libraries Social Welfare History Project/Special Collections and Archives)

We recognize that we have far to go, but we also recognize and proudly acknowledge those before us who have contributed to this progress to date.”

Grace E. Harris, Ph.D., who was one of the first African American faculty members hired by VCU in 1967 and served as dean of VCU's School of Social Work from 1982-1991

Grace Harris

Our beginnings: Historical context

A timeline of our deans

  • Gary S. Cuddeback (interim dean): 2023-
  • Rebecca Gomez (interim dean): 2022-2023
  • Beth Angell: 2018-2022
  • Timothy Davey (interim dean): 2016-2018
  • James Hinterlong: 2010-2016
  • Ann Nichols-Casebolt (interim dean): 2009-2010
  • Frank Baskind: 1991-2008
  • Grace Harris: 1982-1991
  • Elaine Rothenberg: 1972-1982
  • Richard Lodge: 1966-1972
  • George Kalif: 1943-1966
  • Henry Coe Lanpher: 1940-1943
  • Henry Horace Hibbs Jr. (founder of Richmond School of Social Economy): 1917-1940

Historical highlights