Friends of the University of Virginia:
University of Virginia has completed one of the most successful
campaigns in the history of higher education, raising $1.43 billion
in philanthropic support. Widely acknowledged as a new standard
for fund raising by a public institution, the campaign will be
of immeasurable benefit to students and faculty in this generation
and those to come. This result could not have been achieved without
the full backing of the Board of Visitors and especially the inspirational
leadership of the Universitys president, John T. Casteen
III. On behalf of the Campaign Executive Committee, we call on
all members of the University community to join us in thanking
President Casteen for the extraordinary role he played in the
success of the campaign, which in turn has led to an unprecedented
enhancement of the Universitys reputation.
the initial planning to the official conclusion on Dec. 31, 2000,
the campaign was a decade-long endeavor. John Casteen stayed with
it every step of the way, never wavering in his commitment to
its ambitious goals. In addition to his unflagging energy, he
brought to this effort an incomparable ability to articulate a
vision for the University and to persuade others to share his
aspirations for its future. Our campaign had the right message
and the right messenger.
on a deep reserve of good will in favorable economic times, the
campaign had the wind at its back, but the presidents tenacity
and hard work carried it to a level far beyond anyones expectations.
The success of this campaign has put the University in a position
to determine its own destiny, and for this we owe John Casteen
an enormous debt.
C. Mitchell Jr.
A. Saunders III