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The Edward A. Wayne Medal is one of the highest honors awarded by VCU, and is given in recognition of extraordinary generosity and service to the university and the community. And in May of 2017, during commencement, the medal was presented to Institute for Contemporary Art supporters Pam and Bill Royall.

In her speech recognizing the recipients, Gail Hackett, Ph.D., VCU’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, said of the Royalls, “Your remarkable generosity and volunteer leadership will continue to enrich the lives of our students, patients, faculty, and researchers and will positively shape Richmond business, art, and culture for years to come. In particular, your service as campaign co-chairs for the Institute for Contemporary Art has set a clear example and embodies a sense of vision and leadership worth emulating.”

“The support and guidance of Pam and Bill Royall has been vital to the ICA,” said Lisa Freiman, Director of the ICA. “The impact of their generosity and support for VCU as a whole cannot be overstated.”

Experts in streamlining business processes, the Royall’s vision and financial support helped the Massey Cancer Center develop new ways to make clinical trials more efficient, reducing the time required for cancer treatment to reach patients. And as advisors and co-chairs of the $37 million capital campaign for the Institute for Contemporary Art, the Royalls have spent countless hours helping the university with the creation of this important arts and community institution. Their dedication to VCU will leave a lasting mark on the campus and Richmond community for years to come.

Image: Pam and Bill Royall with VCU President Michael Rao, May 2017. Photo: University Marketing