Vice president

A message from Dr. LeGrande

Portrait for Tomikia LeGrandeWelcome to VCU’s Division of Strategic Enrollment Management and Student Success!

VCU has a rich history of enrolling, developing and graduating students who will challenge the present and enrich the future. Whether you are an incoming freshman, transfer, graduate or returning student, we are excited that you are part of the Ram family, or "Ramily."

We know choosing the right university is not just a one-time occurrence. Every semester that VCU students return reaffirms that VCU is the right university for them, and we excitedly partner with our students to make their dreams a reality.

The SEMSS team, like so many others on campus, is committed to providing quality student services that support the needs of our diverse student population and that will enrich your time at VCU. I encourage you to explore our departments, services and programs to learn more about what is available to you and to see how we will support you throughout your academic career. We are proud that you are here and thrilled to see our campus community overflowing with so many engaged students of diverse talents, experiences and passions. We empower our students to build on these qualities as scholars, creative thinkers and problem solvers.

We know many of you have jobs, families and obligations outside of your academics. We realize that you often encounter a variety of everyday life circumstances and other factors that present challenges or obstacles to accomplishing your academic aspirations. You should know we are committed to doing all that we can to ensure you earn your degree with post-graduation options of employment, or graduate or professional school. Whatever you choose as the next destination in your journey, we are here to help you get there.

With my experience in higher education, as a first-generation college student (many years ago), and a belief in the transformative power of education, I hope to be able to support you throughout your time at VCU through the work of SEMSS. In SEMSS, we are focused on your success because we know that your success means success for your family, your community and our society, and we can’t wait to see all the great things you will do!

In Ram pride,

Tomikia P. LeGrande, Ed.D.
Vice president for strategy, enrollment management and student success
tplegrande@vcu.edu 

About Dr. LeGrande

Tomikia LeGrande, Ed.D., serves as vice president for strategy, enrollment management and student success at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. LeGrande leads strategic priorities for the president and provost and oversees the newly established Division of Strategic Enrollment Management and Student Success. In this role, she is responsible for fostering the university's commitment to student access and success by actively leading approaches that enrich college access, affordability and student success.

Dr. LeGrande has significant experience and expertise in strategic planning, new technology implementation, change management, and policy and business process redesign to improve college access, graduation and student satisfaction rates. The art of leadership is her passion. So with a personalized approach, she engages at all levels of the organization through forming, deploying and managing matrix teams that grapple with and find solutions to the difficult questions that impact university progress.

At the national level, Dr. LeGrande has been actively engaged in issues of access, equity, higher education policy and leadership development. She is a regular presenter and facilitator on the topics of educational equity and student success. She testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor in 2019 during a hearing on “Innovation to Improve Equity: Exploring High-Quality Pathways to a College Degree.”

In addition to serving as an adjunct professor in higher education leadership, Dr. LeGrande has paved the way in diversity initiatives for higher education. She led the development of AACRAO LEAD (Leaders in Enrollment Advancing Diversity), a yearlong leadership program for the American Association for College Registrars and Admissions Officers. The program, which began in 2019, seeks to identify and prepare a diverse group of enrollment leaders for leadership roles in enrollment management in North America and across the globe.

Dr. LeGrande earned a Doctor of Education from Texas Tech University, Master of Science from North Carolina A&T University and Bachelor of Science from Savannah State University.

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