About Us

Wilder Mission

The mission of the L. Douglas Wilder School of Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University is to develop leaders and ideas that offer bold and imaginative solutions to complex public problems by providing the most rigorous, relevant and multidisciplinary public service education in the country. Drawing upon a world-class faculty, a talented group of Ph.D., graduate and undergraduate students and the resources of a preeminent, urban, public research university, the Wilder School is well positioned to address contemporary and future issues in government and public affairs.

Essential to achieving this mission is our commitment to providing a broad and inclusive blend of academic and professional programs that will prepare public servants to think globally in an interdependent world, to build upon our exceptionally productive and diverse cadre of students and faculty, to produce scholarly research that is valued by policy makers and leaders in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, to forge new and imaginative engagements with our many constituent communities and to support the diversification and expansion of resources necessary to accomplish these aims.