Wilder School splits from VCU’s College of Humanities and Sciences

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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — The L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs is separating from Virginia Commonwealth University’s College of Humanities and Sciences.

The change was announced Friday in an email to faculty and staff from Beverly Warren, the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, according to a VCU news release.

Niraj Verma, who has been director of the Wilder School since 2010, is the independent school’s inaugural dean.

VCU officials said some academic programs that were part of the Wilder School will remain in the College of Humanities and Sciences, including political science, sociology, economics and international studies.

However, criminal justice, homeland security and emergency preparedness, public administration, public policy and administration, and urban and regional planning and studies will stay with the Wilder School.

Warren has established a transition team to work with the dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences.

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