The head of Virginia Commonwealth University’s health system is retiring.

Marsha Rappley, CEO of VCU Health System and senior vice president for health sciences at VCU, announced Tuesday that she plans to retire Jan. 2. She has led the health system since August 2015.

“I have loved every day that I spent with VCU Health and VCU. The challenges have been great and they are shared across the nation,” she wrote in an email to university staff and students. “What drew me to Richmond is the way in which the people of VCU Health embrace the mission of providing for and restoring the health of all people of Virginia and beyond.”

VCU President Michael Rao praised Rappley, specifically highlighting her work on a new inpatient children’s hospital that’s set to open in 2022.

“Marsha set the vision for Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU to be a top children’s hospital in the country, a legacy of her leadership at VCU Health,” he said in the news release announcing Rappley’s retirement.

Rao said an interim CEO and vice president will be named soon. A national search is planned for Rappley’s successor.

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— Justin Mattingly

Education Reporter

Justin Mattingly covers K-12 schools and higher education. A northern New York native and a Syracuse University alumnus, he's worked at the RTD since 2017. You can follow him on Twitter at @jmattingly306.

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