Strategic Priorities

Dear Fellow Spiders,

When preparing to join the University of Richmond in the summer of 2021, I spoke with many students, staff, faculty, parents, and alumni to better understand what makes our university so special and how we might reach new heights together. I haven’t stopped. At the inauguration in April 2022, I talked about five key areas of opportunity for continuing our upward trajectory. In August of that year, we launched a web portal to solicit ideas for enhancing our work in these areas to achieve our mission, values, and vision and make Richmond even more remarkable. And over the past several months, I’ve heard from and met with campus community members, alumni and parents, and friends of the University.

I am now happy to share our roadmap forward, the University of Richmond’s new Strategic Plan. This plan is intended to be brief, clear, and attainable, inspire our community, and guide our future direction. It centers around our “guiding lights”: Academic Excellence, Belonging & Community, Access & Affordability, Well-Being, and Experiential Learning & Community Engagement. I am hopeful this plan will further clarify our strategic objectives and streamline efforts across our university.

We have begun developing a set of metrics to support and evaluate our progress and, over the coming year, will turn to comprehensive campus space planning efforts and philanthropic priorities. I look forward to updating you on how things are going and how you can help. We will need our university community's continued dedication, generosity, and support to continue our momentum.

We are grateful for your partnership as we shape Richmond’s future. And I am grateful to be part of our incredible university community.

Kevin F. Hallock

Distinguished University Professor of Economics
University of Richmond