Trani leaves his footprint on VCU

By Rachel DePompa - bio | email
Posted by Phil Riggan - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Today marks the end of an era at Virginia Commonwealth University. After 19 years at the helm, Eugene Trani leaves office.

Trani spent his last day at VCU out of the spotlight after weeks of galas and receptions.

Today it was business as usual.

But one man who's worked side by side with him for years, says there's nothing usual about Trani's tenure. It is clear, Trani left his footprint on VCU. And not just from the building that bears his name, or from his life-size statue already tucked away inside.

"One of the things I'm most proud of is our collaboration with city and business partners," Trani said when he announced his retirement in August 2008.

"I think his legacy is turning Richmond and this sleeply little University into a much more dynamic place," said Baxter Perkinson, former Rector of the VCU Board of Visitors and is the current Vice President of VCU Health Systems. He knows Eugene Trani better than most.

"I have never known a man that had the focus and the vision to get something done," Perkinson said.

He credits Trani will building up VCU's two campuses, and having the vision to turn it into the largest university in Virginia.

"It's amazing what we can do at VCU that couldnt' be done before 1990 when he got here," Perkinson said.

VCU's fifth president, Michael Rao, takes office tomorrow.

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