Summer bountiful in some areas,
dry in others
recent gifts such as John Kluges land and $20 million
given anonymously for an athletics arena will enhance the
Universitys future, while uncertainties about the states
budget keep some important capital projects, including buildings
for arts and special collections, at a standstill.
familiar faces filling top leadership
positions also will have an impact on Grounds.
gives estate to U.Va.
businessman and philanthropist John W. Kluge announced in May
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 Universitys history, and more than doubles the land
holdings of U.Va. and its related foundations.
of the gift state that the U.Va. Foundation, which provides management
of some of the Universitys real estate holdings, must preserve
in perpetuity approximately 749 acres of Morven Farm, designated
as the core property, for educational uses. Kluge, a longtime
University benefactor, will retain use of the core property, plus
an adjacent 490 acres of farmland, throughout his lifetime.
working farms not included in the core property are being leased.
Proceeds from the eventual sale of these farms will be used to
maintain and operate the remaining properties and to establish
ongoing educational programs.
time, the University will develop a comprehensive plan to match
its needs and aspirations with the Kluge facilities, said President
John T. Casteen III. Initial possibilities include using the
buildings for meetings and conferences, musical performances and
art exhibitions, studios for visiting artists, and dining and
catering facilities. Future plans could include renovation of
barns into dormitory-style lodging for summer workshops, visiting
fellows programs, and special residential master-writers
University will likely increase student fees and step up marketing
and private fund-raising efforts to ensure the long-term financial
stability of U.Va. athletics without tiering or eliminating any
sports. Were not prepared to make recommendations
about specific sports yet, Leonard W. Sandridge, executive
vice president and chief operating officer, told the Board
of Visitors at its July 13 meeting in Richmond. However, we
do plan to get to that point.
drawing of the Universitys proposed baseball stadium.
conclusions reached, to date, based on a task force report and
further analysis by the boards Finance and Student Affairs
and Athletics committees and University staff, are as follows:
U.Va. athletics has not seen the financial crises experienced
by many institutions; academic performance requires ongoing attention;
NCAA compliance requires a consistent and continuing focus; U.Va.
has the means to address resource needs; and sound financial management
board asked Sandridge to proceed with analysis and produce a five-year
plan for athletics that shows expenses, funding sources, key success
factors and a balanced budget.
University will receive $20 million to kick off its fund-raising
campaign for a proposed athletic and special events arena on Massie
Road. The anonymous gift represents about one-third of the core
funding needed to begin the arena project, estimated to cost $125
million. The gift, the second largest gift ever for U.Va. athletics,
will finance the planning of the project, slated for completion
by fall 2006, Casteen said.
of Athletics has received $2 million in gifts to launch a
$4 million construction project to transform the baseball facility.
gifts, also from anonymous donors, are designated to create one
of the best places to watch and play baseball in the Atlantic
Coast Conference, said head baseball coach Dennis Womack.
Pending state approval, the University plans to break ground this
summer and complete the first phase of the project by the beginning
of the 2002 baseball season.
funds few projects
Gov. Jim Gilmore and other officials work on the state budget,
the governor has approved $64.1 million in privately raised funds
on several capital projects that had been frozen since he and
state legislators were unable to resolve a state budget impasse:
$43.3 million for eight academic division projects and $20.8 million
for the Medical Center:
Jim Gilmore reviewed plans for the University
Librarys new $26 million Special Collections building
with President John T. Casteen III and other University officials
on a visit Aug. 21, but left without freeing up the states
$7 million portion of the construction project. He pledged to
make a decision in 30 to 45 days on unfreezing the funds.
with fired employees
University worked out a resolution between the Medical Center
and five former employees who were suing U.Va. on the grounds
that they were fired unjustly, officials announced Aug. 5.
representing both sides had met several times in hopes of working
out an agreement. As a result, the five plaintiffs will receive
a lump sum payment of $22,000 to be allocated among them
to help cover their expenses while looking for new employment.
This is equal to approximately three months of severance pay per
plaintiffs firings came after the alleged sexual assaults
of two patients by a Medical Center employee who had been convicted
of a drug-related felony prior to being hired by the Medical
Center. In the aftermath of the allegations, the Medical Center
took numerous steps to protect its patients,
including a review of all temporary and probationary employees.
It fired nine employees who had criminal records. Three were rehired.
plaintiffs were suing for back pay and for the right to return
to their former jobs or similar ones at the Medical Center.