Oct. 27-Nov. 2, 2000
Vol. 30, Issue 35
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Window on the world

Walt Hakala (U.Va. '01)

Participants in one of U.Va.'s study abroad programs pose for a group shot at the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, India. For more on where students go to study in foreign lands, see U.Va. seeks to bolster study abroad.

Health plan expands coverage; monthly premiums up $1-$3

By Dan Heuchert

Bucking a national trend, the University's health plan will raise premiums only slightly next year while greatly expanding the scope of benefits.

For the first time, the plan will offer vision and orthodontic benefits, as well as some coverage for complementary and alternative therapies. The drug plan will no longer bar access to certain drugs. Premiums will rise by only $1 per month for employee-only and employee-plus-one coverage.

Premiums for family and "double-state" enrollees will rise by only $3 per month.

A nationwide survey reported that health insurance premiums for large businesses -- those employing 1,000 or more -- are expected to rise by 12.2 percent for active employees and 13.3 percent for retirees still receiving benefits. Federal employees will pay an average of 10.5 percent more.

Linda Way-Smith, the University's director of employee benefits, says conservative management has softened the blow at U.Va, where increases range from 1 percent to 7.7 percent. Full story.

Dr. Robert E. ReynoldsReynolds named U.Va.'s chief information officer

Staff Report

Dr. Robert E. Reynolds, a physician and senior U.Va. administrator, was named vice president and chief information officer on Oct. 23, pending approval of the Board of Visitors.

Reynolds has held the position on an interim basis for 18 months, while a national search was conducted. At the same time, he has continued as vice provost for the Health System, where he has been a member of the administration since 1988, and as William Hobson Professor of Information Sciences, with academic appointments in internal medicine and health evaluation sciences.

"We have been very pleased with Bob Reynolds' leadership during this interim period," said U.Va. President John T. Casteen III. "The University continues to be among the nation's front runners in its technology infrastructure and in the ways our faculty and staff are using new technologies to improve their work. Bob's understanding of the issues involved, his experience in long-range planning, and his ability to bring the right people together to tackle problems have been important to our success in this area."

As vice president, Reynolds will take the lead in strategic planning for technology infrastructure and applications, making specific proposals to implement those plans, and facilitating the coordination of technology-related activity across the University. Full story.

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