October 25th Summit Forum Identifies JGI as One of Three Initiatives
Since the conclusion of the $3 billion Campaign for the University of Virginia, University volunteer leaders have been working on a plan to chart a course for the future. The Jeffersonian Grounds Initiative will play a major role in this endeavor.
The priorities consist of: retaining and recruiting top faculty; restoring and renewing the Jeffersonian Grounds; and providing outstanding students with need-based scholarships and financial assistance.
Several hundred of the University’s most active volunteers gathered for a celebration in Charlottesville on October 25 as they reviewed the campaign highlights, toured new facilities and learned about the campaign’s continuing impact during “Toward Thomas Jefferson’s Third Century: A Forum for University Volunteers and Donors.” The event was co-sponsored by the Jeffersonian Grounds Initiative, National Committee on University Resources (NCOUR) and the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.
Even with the past campaign’s success, needs remain as U.Va. approaches its bicentennial. Speaking to event attendees, President Teresa A. Sullivan said, “The Jeffersonian Grounds are an American treasure and a distinguishing attribute of the U.Va. experience. We have an obligation to restore, maintain and steward this unique architectural heritage and ensure that it remains a vital part of student and faculty life.”
The work has already begun with the Rotunda renovation under way. It will continue with a broader initiative that encompasses all of Jefferson’s original buildings and Grounds. Finally, the initiative will build a strong endowment to protect current investment and ensure responsible care for these historic structures in the future.
The goal is to ensure that this American treasure—“the heart of the Grounds,”—remains a vital part of student and faculty life as the University approaches its bicentennial and as plans begin for its third century.