RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Virginia Commonwealth University president Michael Rao is responding today to a brewing controversy in his office.
Rao sent a letter to students and faculty Wednesday night addressing a series of reports about turmoil and turnover in the president's office.
Rao told students in the email:
"Virginia Commonwealth University has been the subject of several local news stories lately. The topic is a personnel matter that unfortunately was played out in public. The work of the university is more important than ever and is our number one priority. We remain committed along with you to providing a quality education for our students, advancing new knowledge through our research, and serving our community and patients with the care and respect that all deserve."
The VCU Board of Visitors has delayed Rao's inauguration and hired a consultant to review his first year and a half in office.
A VCU spokesperson maintains the delayed inauguration has nothing to do with the performance review.