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Leadership... What do you produce?
Join the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs for a Lunch and Learn Zoom presentation featuring Governor L. Douglas Wilder, 66th Governor of Virginia and Distinguished Professor. This session, “Leadership... What do you produce?”, will be a reflection of leadership lessons learned during Governor Wilder’s lifetime in public service.

Wilder School Dean Susan Gooden, Ph.D., will serve as the session moderator. The event will be recorded and shared through email and the Wilder School YouTube channel.

Closed captioning through Zoom will be available during the session.

For more information, contact James Wasilewski, director of development, at wasilewskijr@vcu.edu.

May 19, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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L. Douglas Wilder
66th Governor of Virginia and VCU Wilder School Distinguished Faculty
L. Douglas Wilder’s career in public service spans over 50 years and includes many historic milestones. Wilder became the first African-American to be elected governor in the U.S., leading the Commonwealth of Virginia from 1990 to 1994. As the Commonwealth’s 66th governor, he was commended for his sound fiscal management and balancing the state budget during difficult economic times. Prior to his time as governor, he served as lieutenant governor from 1986 to 1990 and as a state senator from 1969-1985. He was sworn in as Richmond’s first elected mayor in 2005 and served until 2009, making him the first African-American mayor elected by popular vote from the citizens of Richmond. An attorney by profession, Governor Wilder gained recognition as a leading criminal trial lawyer. He has degrees from Virginia Union University and the Howard University Law School, and established the legal firm that became known as Wilder, Gregory & Associates, one of the few minority-owned businesses in VA.
Susan T. Gooden
Dean and Professor, L. Douglas Wilder School of Governement and Public Affairs
Susan T. Gooden, Ph.D., is dean and professor at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU. She is an internationally recognized expert on social equity. Gooden is an elected fellow of the congressionally chartered National Academy of Public Administration and is past president of the American Society for Public Administration. She is the Vice President of the Network of Associated Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration. Gooden has received several awards and honors including the Herbert Simon Best Book Award, American Political Science Association, VCU University Distinguished Faculty Service Award, the Charles H. Levine Memorial Award for Excellence in Public Administration, and the Jewel Prestage Pioneer Award from the Conference of Minority Public Administrators. She earned degrees from Patrick Henry Community College, Virginia Tech, and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.