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President s Report

President s Report Photography in the President s Report The President s Report features the photographs of Luca DiCecco, which highlight key aspects of the student experience at U.Va.
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President s Report Photography in the President s Report The President s Report features the photographs of Luca DiCecco, which highlight key aspects of the student experience at U.Va. His pictures capture students studying for exams, performing research with faculty members, joining in community service work, relaxing with friends, and, finally, contemplating graduation. Today s students are outward looking, active participants, open to diverse points of view. They structure their courses, work, and free time in ways that add to intellectual and emotional development and maturity, and prepare them for graduate schools, careers, and civic and community engagement. On pages 13 21, the report explores the special qualities of U.Va. students and the challenges that the University faces in preparing them for leadership in the twenty-first century. Students and faculty members featured prominently in the report s photos include Olubusayo Akanbi (College 08, Graduate Arts and Sciences 09); Nureya Anthony (College 11); Temitope Awosogba (College 08, Graduate Arts and Sciences 10); Sam Bush (College 09); Robert E. Davis, professor of environmental sciences; Adom Getachew (College 09); Monica Green (McIntire 08); Lyndsay Harper (College 11); Naa-Lamley Lamptey (College 11); Allison Leonard (College 11); Quinn McFrederick (Graduate Arts and Sciences 11); Ethan Richardson (College 09); Salif Traoré (Graduate Arts and Sciences 11); Douglas Taylor, professor and chair of the Department of Biology; Brandon Walsh (College 09); Xiao Wang (College 08, Batten 09); and Jessica Wignall (College 08). Contents 2 from the president Building Strength for the Future 4 the year at a glance September 2007 September students The University of Virginia Student Experience 18 academic programs Preparing Citizens for the Twenty-First Century 22 faculty The Intellectual Core of the University 28 buildings The Changing Face of the University 32 health system Shaping the Future of Health Care 38 athletics Talent and Ability financial report President s Report Building Strength for the Future John T. Casteen III the past year was productive for the University in most measurable ways. It brought smooth successions in key academic leadership positions; completion of several major building projects, with others commencing; unconditional reaffirmation of the University s accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and improvements in the University s financial condition because of implementation of Virginia s 2005 and 2006 restructuring bills, prudent endowment investments, and continued success in our capital campaign. In recent weeks, the financial outlook here and everywhere has dimmed; what is now a global economic crisis began to take shape toward the end of fiscal year This report includes details on these issues and also a full account of the considerable achievements of our students, faculty members, and staff. As implementation of Virginia s 2005 and 2006 restructuring legislation continued in , we fulfilled our responsibilities by promoting economic development in Southwest Virginia, improving public schools whose performance has declined in recent years, and meeting students need for financial aid. We received SCHEV certification of our performance under the management agreement. This approval allowed us to receive financial incentives such as interest on tuition and fees of approximately $1.75 million in By providing support for students from both lower- and middle-income families, the Rector and Visitors AccessUVa financial aid program enabled some 848 students to enter the University last year. The total cost of the program in fiscal year 2008 was $53.8 million. Our agreement with Virginia s twenty-three community colleges guarantees admission based on satisfactory grades in specified required courses. This agreement brought some 299 new Virginia Community College System transfers to us in The Medical Center received the Governor s Volunteerism and Community Service Award for providing medical care to underserved persons in remote, rural mountain regions of Southwest Virginia. In accord with the restructuring agreements, the new University Staff HR Plan is beginning to come into service, with policies and programs that will give employees greater opportunities for growth and advancement. Under the new plan, employees will have access to career-path guides that will keep them informed about the education, skills, and experience they need to succeed in the careers they choose. In our new meritand market-based compensation model, employees will have the opportunity to receive bonuses and raises for acquiring and using new skills and for using existing skills with superior results. The plan provides new tools to help supervisors and employees connect individual performance goals with departmental and University-wide strategies, making all of our work more cohesive. The University continued its commitment to diversity as a core value by enrolling the most diverse first-year class in our history in the academic year. Approximately 34 percent of firstyear students identified themselves as either minority persons or international students. By recommitting ourselves to working with small, women-owned, and minorityowned businesses, we placed 42.5 percent of our discretionary spending with these businesses, surpassing the 40 percent state goal. Compared with fiscal year 2007, our minority spending grew by 64 percent. This performance is consistent with the state s goals in the SWAM purchasing program. In November 2007, we successfully concluded negotiations to bring Rolls-Royce to Prince George County to build a new jet engine advanced manufacturing facility. The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing will be constructed and operated by the U.Va. Foundation and staffed in part by U.Va. researchers. As part of Rolls-Royce s agreement to locate in Virginia, the University will become part of an innovative partnership that includes Virginia Tech and the Virginia Community College System to collaborate with the company on a variety of projects in both engineering and business. In 2001, John Kluge gave his 7,378-acre Albemarle County estate, Morven, to the 2 University of Virginia University of Virginia Foundation. This extraordinary gift included the historic Morven Farm, ten other working farms, and more than two dozen houses and buildings. Mr. Kluge asked that we develop the core property for educational purposes and sell its surrounding land to fund an endowment to support University programs. In 2006, Mr. Kluge terminated his life estate, thus transferring responsibility for maintaining the property to the U.Va. Foundation and making Morven available for academic uses. Both he and we agree that as funds become available, a top priority will be programs to bring top international figures to Morven for sessions intended to address global issues that fall within the University s reach. Meantime, openings of appropriate parts of the property during Historic Garden Week, for visits by persons interested in the unique Japanese garden and house, and limited use for smallgroup meetings have begun to make Morven known to persons in the region. In the early years following Mr. Kluge s gift, our first priority was investment in conservation and maintenance. More recently, accumulation of endowment from sale of the non-core properties and from appreciation in endowment values has allowed us to shift our focus to programming. In the past year we hired Stewart Gamage, former vice president for public affairs at the College of William and Mary, as Morven Programs Director, and we undertook several necessary upgrades and refurbishments in buildings on the core property, as well as refurnishing buildings that require new furniture for University use. We are grateful to Mr. Kluge for entrusting Morven to the University, and we look forward to protecting and using this treasure for University programs. During , the University s academic leadership underwent dramatic, important changes. Dr. Tim Garson left the Medical School deanship to become provost in July In the year following his appointment as provost, we appointed five new deans: Paul Mahoney, Law; Meredith Woo, College; Dorrie Fontaine, Nursing; Steven DeKosky, Medicine; and Billy Cannaday, Continuing and Professional Studies. Other key appointments included Tom Skalak as vice president for research, Gowher Rizvi as vice provost for international programs, and Beth Turner as vice provost for the arts. We will appoint the first dean of the Batten School during the upcoming winter. This new generation of capable, visionary leaders will guide the University into the next decade and beyond. Dr. Garson s capacity to attract uncommonly promising applicants for these positions and to participate effectively in final recruitment and hiring adds tangible value to administrative work at the senior levels. Dr. Garson and Mr. Sandridge have completed a new academic plan through the work of the Commission on the Future of the University. Our general strategy is to strengthen core resources while funding selected new programs that will further distinguish the University. For example, the Jefferson Public Citizens program will enable faculty-mentored teams of undergraduate students to conduct rigorous research and apply that research to society s most pressing problems through service projects. More commission initiatives are coming. The commission is working this year on the financial requirements for its recommendations and on metrics suitable for the use of the Rector and Visitors as they oversee implementation. The dramatic downturn in the economy that began in has taken a toll whose full effect we cannot yet measure. The University is now facing an overall reduction in state funding of $10.6 million, or 7 percent of our General Funds. This translates to some 3 percent of the consolidated academic operating budget (i.e., tax funds + tuition revenue). This reduction follows on the permanent $9.6-million cut imposed in , and it too is permanent. We have absorbed these reductions, and continued our progress toward self-sufficiency. The past year brought reaffirmation from the top three rating agencies of our AAA-bond rating, in conjunction with the issuance of $231 million in tax-exempt long-term bonds in May We started developing the University s treasury function from scratch four years ago, and in we completed the infrastructure using the new investment flexibility afforded by the 2007 investment legislation. Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Yoke San Reynolds oversaw implementation of an Internal Bank in the first visible manifestation of our treasury program. Completion of the treasury infrastructure came just in time to help us ensure adequate liquidity to cover capital and operating expenses in the face of tightening credit and liquidity in capital markets. Ms. Reynolds systematic leadership in completing this infrastructure has been valuable to the entire organization. Despite the economic crisis, we continue to make progress in the Campaign for the University of Virginia. As I write, current and future support commitments total $1.8 billion, with considerably more anticipated in the second half of the current fiscal year. Generous commitments made during the first half of the campaign have given us momentum heading into the second half. Nonetheless, we all understand that we must redouble our efforts to succeed in a permanently altered economic environment. Thomas Jefferson wanted his University to be the bulwark of the human mind, a place where each new generation discovers what he called the important truths, that knowledge is power, that knowledge is safety, and that knowledge is happiness. Faculty members, staff, students, parents of students, alumni, friends in government, and other persons who are committed to sustaining excellence here have enabled us to pursue our founder s vision this year. That vision, one of the most powerful statements of purpose to emerge from America s Revolution, continues to capture a place in the minds and souls of this generation of students as it has in each generation during these 183 years in which Virginia s youth and the youth of other states have come to drink the cup of knowledge with us. John T. Casteen III President President s Report The Year at a Glance September 2007 Twenty-four University graduates start work as College Guides, helping Virginia high school students with college applications and financial aid forms, and taking students on field trips to college campuses. Funded by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and the Office of the Vice President and Provost, the College Guide Program helped 15,000 Virginia students last year. The Women s Center presents the Elizabeth Zintl Leadership Award to Commonwealth Professor of Education Carolyn M. Callahan, a specialist in programs for gifted and talented students. Elizabeth Zintl was chief of staff in the president s office until her death in The award recognizes women at the University whose professionalism, creativity, and commitment mirror Ms. Zintl s. More than 1,200 U.Va. volunteers are out in force for the 16th annual Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring, taking on projects for not-for-profit agencies in the greater Charlottesville community. Volunteers paint walls and pictures, clear brush, and assist childcare providers, among other activities. The School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers its new certificate in nonprofit management. Certificate workshops cover key areas of management including planning and operations, fund-raising and marketing, finance and accounting, human resources and leadership, legal issues, and board development. At the Symposium on Race and Society, Dr. Chester Pierce, professor of education and psychiatry emeritus at Harvard University, receives the 2007 Vivian Pinn Distinguished Lecturer s Award. The award honors lifetime achievement in the field of health disparities. October 2007 President John T. Casteen III and Dean of the Curry School of Education Robert Pianta break ground for Bavaro Hall, a four-story building for the Curry School. The building is named for Anthony D. Wally Bavaro, a friend of Dan Meyers, chair of the Curry Foundation and the school s most generous donor. Mr. Bavaro was a history teacher and coach in public schools in the Boston area. The School of Engineering and Applied Science establishes a new International Programs Office to develop study-abroad and internship programs for U.Va. engineers. The office will collaborate with the University s International Studies Office to provide a global experience for engineering students who are studying world problems in areas such as energy, water, and the needs of an aging population. Richard J. Bonnie (Law 69) becomes the fifty-fourth winner of the Thomas Jefferson Award, the University s highest honor. Considered the world s foremost expert in mental health law, Professor Bonnie is the Harrison Foundation Professor of Medicine and Law and director and cofounder of the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy. The number of subscribers to the U.Va. Alerts emergency system reaches 10,000. In case of an emergency, registered users receive text messages on their cell phones, while emergency messages flash on a dozen LCD screens placed around the Grounds. November 2007 Albert H. Small (Engineering 46) helps the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library acquire 133 Revolutionary War era issues of the Virginia Gazette, which on July 19, 1776, printed the first press report in Virginia about the Declaration of Independence and later published the complete text. The issues will join the Albert H. Small Declaration of Independence Collection at the Small Special Collections Library. The Kluge Children s Rehabilitation Center and Research Institute, part of the U.Va. Children s Hospital, celebrates its fiftieth anniversary. The Kluge Center offers developmental pediatrics, rehabilitation for children with brain and orthopedic injuries, respiratory care, outpatient aquatics, and more. The lineup for the 20th annual Virginia Film Festival, Kin Flicks, includes films like The Savages, Persepolis, Before the Devil Knows You re Dead, Starting Out in the Evening, and The Diving Bell and 4 University of Virginia September 2007 September 2008 the Butterfly. In all, 95 guest artists and speakers present 87 films on the theme of family life to 11,000 attendees. The festival is also chosen to receive a three-year grant of $75,000 from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to help develop long-term community outreach projects. British-based Rolls-Royce announces plans to build a new jet engine manufacturing plant in Prince George County, Virginia. U.Va., Virginia Tech, and the Virginia Community College System will collaborate with Rolls-Royce in engineering and business endeavors including the creation of two major research centers: the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing, which U.Va. or one of its related foundations will construct and operate adjacent to the Rolls-Royce facility in Prince George County, and the Center for Aerospace Propulsion Systems at U.Va. December 2007 Elizabeth Hutton Turner (College 73, Graduate Arts and Sciences 75, 85), a former senior curator at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., joins the University as its first vice provost for the arts. Ms. Turner, an American art expert, will be responsible for oversight of the University s two museums the University Art Museum and the Kluge- Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection. The University receives the prestigious Council of Graduate Schools/Peterson s The Year at a Glance september 2007 september 2008 David T. Gies Julian Bond Award for Promoting an Inclusive Graduate Community. The ecomod3 award is based on a proposal submitted by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies to establish a pilot mentoring program for graduate students from diverse backgrounds. David T. Gies, Commonwealth Professor of Spanish, receives a surprise from the Embassy of Spain in Washington, D.C., announcing that he is to receive one of Spain s highest honors, the Order of Isabella the Catholic. The honor celebrates Professor Gies s academic achievements and devotion to promoting Spanish culture. Governor Timothy M. Kaine attends the ribbon-cutting ceremony for two ecomod3 housing projects in Charlottesville. The ecomod initiative, a partnership with the Piedmont Housing Alliance, is a joint, multi-year project at the School of Architecture and the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Students research, design, build, and evaluate a series of ecological, modular, and affordable house prototypes. U.Va. again leads the state in giving to the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign. A total of 3,807 employees donate a record of $888,888, with 100 percent participation in eighty-nine of the University s departments. Overall, the campaign raises $4 million for causes around Virginia. January 2008 The Darden School of Business and the Wall Street Journal present The Darden Perspective In First Person. This series of nine columns includes thoughts and insights from Darden professors and school leaders on a variety of topics affecting today s business leaders. The series kicked off in December with Dean Bob Bruner s Should We Panic Today about the Panic of 1907? In celebration of Dr. Seymour I. Schwartz s pledged bequest of his collection of American maps, the University Library presents On the Map, an exhibition featuring highlights from the more than 200 rare items in the collection. Included are one of the oldest maps to show the Western Hemisphere (1508), the first map to show Florida (Hernando Cortés s 1524 map of Mexico City), and an eighteenth-century map of the Ohio River Valley d
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