talks about changing leadership at the University
U.Va. President John T. Casteen III (right) talks with
Darden faculty member Greg Fairchild (center) and his wife,
Tierney, at the annual new faculty reception, held at Carr's
Hill Sept. 7.
with announcing that Vice President and Provost Peter W. Low would
be leaving that post at the end of the school year [See University
provost to step down], President John T. Casteen III updated
the Faculty Senate Sept. 8 on the status of other senior-level
positions that need to be filled soon, and on other University
change in leadership is always difficult in an institution such
as ours," Casteen said, because U.Va. is relatively small
Law professor George Rutherglen is chairing the search committee
to look for Robert Scott's replacement as dean of the Law
School. Scott, dean for almost 10 years, plans to step down
at the end of his term, as of June 30.
& Sciences Dean Melvyn Leffler, who also will step down next
year, the University will look carefully at the structure of the
school, Casteen said. "I'm told we operate the largest arts
and sciences college" of our peer group, he said, adding
that it may be time to consider separating those two large areas
and carving different groups. Some schools cluster the humanities
and social sciences, arts and architecture, and basic and medical
sciences, for example.
said he welcomed advice and suggestions from the faculty on whether
there is an advantage in keeping the organization the way it is,
what would be lost if it was changed, and whether students are
being well-served in such a large structure.
don't want to compromise the quality of already-established centers
of excellence," he said.
search committee also has been appointed to fill the new position
of vice president of finance, and other searches -- for the vice
president and chief information officer and the chief executive
officer of the Medical Center -- are well under way.
University is going to have an outside consultant study the academic
leadership structure of the Health System, Casteen said. Both
Dr. Robert Cantrell, vice president and provost of the Health
System, and Dr. Robert Carey, dean of the Medical School, are
approaching the ends of their terms, which may be a good time
to reconsider the span of responsibility of those positions.
Cantrell and Dr. Carey are widely recognized as effective leaders
who have different functions," Casteen noted.
Board of Visitors, he said,
is concerned about post-campaign internal leadership. "We
need to look two or three candidates deep in each unit for those
who could assume leadership positions." Individuals should
not just be focused on fund-raising for their area but have a
University-wide perspective, solid experience and the capacity
to make plans and carry them out, Casteen said.
priorities the University must take on include expanding present
fund-raising efforts into a major campaign for Arts & Sciences;
considering the need for new buildings, such as replacing University
Hall; and renovating the two Stanford White-designed buildings,
Rouss and Cocke halls, which are occupied by Arts & Sciences departments.
To be competitive in its peer group, the goal for Arts & Sciences
should be an endowment of $200 million to $250 million, he said,
but if its size is taken into account, the amount would skyrocket
to $600 million.