donates historic estate to the University
businessman and philanthropist John W. Kluge received a standing
ovation in the Rotunda Dome Room May 25 after announcing that he
was giving the University of Virginia Foundation his 7,378-acre
Albemarle County estate. This includes historic Morven Farm, 10
working farms and more than two dozen houses and modernized farm
in excess of $45 million, it is the second largest single gift in
the University's history, and more than doubles the land holdings
of U.Va. and its related foundations in Central Virginia.
Kluge, a longtime University benefactor, wants U.Va. to develop
the core of the property for educational purposes and to sell its
surrounding land to fund an endowment to support that core as well
as future University programs. U.Va. President John T. Casteen III
and Kluge have held a series of discussions on the gift over four
provost: Gene Block
D. Block, U.Va. vice president for research and public service and
an internationally respected biologist known for his research on
rhythms, has been named the University's vice president and provost.
will become the chief academic officer, responsible for oversight
of U.Va.'s 10 schools, as well as the University Library, the Bayly
Art Museum, and the University's three residential colleges. He
will take over /Sept. 1 from Peter W. Low, provost since 1994, who
will return to teaching at the Law School.
President John T. Casteen III praised Block for his "strong
commitment to public service, his excellent judgment, his dedication
to core academic values and his profound mind. Full
& Science dean: Ed Ayers
history professor Edward L. Ayers has been named dean of the College
and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences effective Aug. 25.
Ayers is a nationally acclaimed expert on the history of the South
and a pioneer in the use of technology in humanities research and
"Ed's vision and creativity have revolutionized the study of
the humanities," said U.Va. President John T. Casteen III.
"I have great confidence that these traits will bring new energy
and excitement to the College and will transform the way faculty
and students approach teaching, learning and research."
the Hugh P. Kelly Professor of History, succeeds Melvyn P. Leffler
as the chief administrator of the liberal arts core of the University.
Leffler stepped down after four years as dean to accept the visiting
Harmsworth Professorship in American History at Oxford University
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