sets up planning task force on athletics
President John T.
Casteen III has announced the formation of a Strategic Planning
Task Force for Athletics to develop long-range priorities and
aspirations for the Department
task force has been charged with addressing three areas: programs
and facilities, academic and student life, and finances and fund
raising. It will focus on planning and goal setting, particularly
in areas that have not yet achieved eminence.
past year the athletics department was honored for the first time
with a top 10 ranking in the Sears Directors' Cup, a respected
measure of achievement among the nation's colleges and universities.
Both in the classroom and on the playing field, U.Va.'s student
athletes have long achieved at outstanding levels. But, like the
rest of the University, athletics cannot afford to stand still,
In 1998, the University embarked on a long-term planning initiative
-- Virginia 2020: The Agenda for the Third Century -- in order
to remain competitive with its peers and to fully address the
many facets of its educational mission. The process of setting
long-range aspirations and priorities has focused thus far on
four key areas -- the fine and performing arts, international
activities, public service and outreach, and science and technology.
Department of Athletics has emerged as an area deserving of attention,"
Casteen said. "Just as the University seeks excellence in
its academic programs, it also seeks excellence in its athletic
endeavors. Having achieved some measure of success during the
course of the current capital fund-raising campaign, it is now
necessary for athletics to undertake long-term planning and goal
task force will be asked to establish clear goals for the department
for the next two decades; to build an appropriate budget for accomplishing
those goals; to identify funding sources to support the goals,
and to recommend a management structure to oversee these efforts.
"Our athletic program has benefited greatly from our academic
excellence and our academic programs have benefited from our athletic
excellence. Continued achievement in both areas makes a great
university," said M. Terry Holland, director of athletics.
core group of the athletics task force comprises 16 faculty members,
administrators, student-athletes and alumni from across the University.
Carolyn M. Callahan, a professor at the Curry
School of Education, will lead the effort. Callahan is U.Va.'s
faculty athletics representative, serving since 1997 as the liaison
between the faculty and the athletics department. In that capacity,
she also is the University's faculty representative to the National
Collegiate Athletic Association and the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Strategic Planning Task Force for Athletics
Chair: Carolyn M. Callahan, Curry School professor
Boutilier, alumna and former All-American in women's lacrosse
and field hockey
C. Burris, special assistant to the president Earl C. Dudley
Jr., professor of law
E. Fletcher, associate director of athletics
Henry B. Frazier III, alumnus Harry Y. Gamble Jr., professor
of religious studies
Ahmad R. Hawkins, Class of 2001
Paula D. McClain, professor of government and foreign affairs
Miller, associate athletic director
Frances Scott, Class of 2000 V. Shamim Sisson, associate dean
Rick Turner, dean of African-American Affairs
Keith D. Vanderbeek, associate director of athletics
M. Virga, alumnus
P. Zeithaml, dean, McIntire School of Commerce
Ex-officio members: Henry L. Valentine II, chair, Board
of Visitors Committee on Student Affairs and Athletics; M.
Terry Holland, director of athletics, and Amy D. Cronin,
assistant to the president.