Vintage photo of Dr. Virginia Carson


Dr. Virginia Carson.



On April 19
Chapman University
leadership, faculty, staff, friends and family, and over 20 alumni from four decades came back to campus to celebrate Dr. Virginia Carson’s retirement.

Dr. Carson wore many hats during her 45 years at Chapman including Professor of Biological Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, former dean of
Wilkinson College
, and Former Director, Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Professions Certificate.

Chancellor Daniele Struppa presented and Dean Andrew Lyon presented Dr. Carson with special awards celebrating her and the impact her work has had on generations of science students and the university as whole.

Signee book for Virginia Carson


From left, Chancellor Daniele Struppa presenting Dr. Carson with an award.



Dr. Melissa Rowland-Goldsmith ’89 and James VanArsdel ’76 shared memories of being a student of Dr. Carson’s and how her mentorship made a lasting impact.  Willy Hall, a close friend of Dr. Carson and wife of Chapman emeritus professor Thomas Hall, talked about their many lunches together and watching Dr. Carson’s children grow up to become successful adults. It was a great night had by all.

Signee book for Virginia Carson


From left, Dr. Carson listening to Melissa Rowland-Goldsmith ’89 honoring her at her retirement celebration.


Colleagues and friends are invited to join us in making a gift to The Virginia Carson, Ph.D. Endowed Award Fund in honor of Dr. Carson. Gifts of any size are greatly appreciated and have impact. Please make checks payable to Chapman University with ‘Carson Endowment’ written in the note section and mail to: Chapman University, Gift Recorder, One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866.