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About VWU


Achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification  for compliance within a rigorous rating system created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for the Greer Environmental Sciences Center by proving measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in energy efficiency, material choice, water efficiency and savings, and site enhancement. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.

Honored by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation at 2018 DC on a Half Shell event which celebrates environmental education. VWU, along with Washington College, recognized for leadership and commitment to educating the next generation of Chesapeake Bay leaders.

Virginia Wesleyan University has advanced to the top tier Model Level status in the Elizabeth River Project’s River Star Business program. The Elizabeth River Project is an independent non-profit that works with partner organizations to restore the Elizabeth River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.

Chosen as one of the nation's best by The Princeton Review and featured in its guide: The Best 382 Colleges: 2018 Edition.

Selected by The Princeton Review as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada; profiled in its Guide to 375 Green Colleges: 2017 Edition.

Named among the top tier of National Liberal Arts Colleges and recognized as one of the most diverse institutions in the country in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges guide.

Honored as a 2017-2018 College of Distinction, chosen for excellence in student-focused higher education and exemplary commitment to the Four Distinctions set forth by engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes.

Partnerships with numerous community organizations, including the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center; the Chrysler Museum of Art and its Glass Studio; and the College's 25-year partnership with Habitat for Humanity of South Hampton Roads.

Recognized as one of the top eight liberal arts colleges in the country for veterans by U.S. News & World Report in its 2014 rankings of the Best Colleges for Veterans.

Named to the 2016 list of Military Friendly School designation by G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning to civilian life.

Virginia Wesleyan University President Scott D. Miller has been recognized as one of the most active and visible communicators in the country among college and university presidents. He was named in a national study (by Roland H. King of PhairAdvantage Communications) as one of the "Top 14 Presidents Publishing Op-eds" in 2014. Dr. Miller is a regular columnist for The Huffington Post, The Virginian-Pilot, "College Planning and Management," and "Enrollment Manager." He is the co-executive editor of "Presidential Perspectives," an online presidential thought series that has resulted in 10 books, and he has co-published three volumes of "President to President: Views on Technology in Higher Education."

President Scott D. Miller was chosen as one of 22 leaders from U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities to be featured in the book "#FollowTheLeader: Lessons in Social Media Success from #HigherEd CEOs" (EDUniverse Media, January 2015). In the book, the author, Dan Zaiontz, shares the collective wisdom of Dr. Miller and his counterparts, providing tips and best practices to higher education leaders interested in adopting social media or learning to use it more effectively.

President Scott D. Miller has been recognized by numerous books and publications nationally for his transformative leadership style. He was identified in "The Entrepreneurial College President" (Rowman & Littlefield, June 2004) as one of 17 most entrepreneurial presidents in American higher education.

In January 2016, Virginia Wesleyan University President Scott D. Miller become a charter signatory of the Climate Commitment, a carbon neutrality and climate resilience initiative created by Boston-based organization Second Nature that sets new standards for climate leadership in higher education. The College is also a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Virginia Wesleyan University Dining Services is one of a handful of original Virginia colleges and universities to be designated as a Virginia Green Restaurant by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. To qualify, restaurants (or dining halls) must minimize the use of disposable food service products, recycle grease, recycle and reduce waste, use water efficiently and conserve energy.

Virginia Wesleyan University is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, the nation's foremost coalition of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. More than 12,000 member organizations and a network of 76 regional chapters are united to advance the USGBC's core purpose of transforming the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.

Virginia Wesleyan's beautiful 300-acre campus is home to an old-growth beech forest that is listed on the Council of Independent Colleges' site for the Historic Campus Architecture Project. It is several acres of mature hardwoods, with a very tall canopy and an undisturbed understory, making it a sustainable ecological system.

Recognized by the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) for fifth consecutive year as part of its  Green Star Awards competition. Saluted for exceptional maintenance of the University's 300-acre campus in the University and College Grounds category.