Casteen stresses challenges, rewards
by Andrew Shurtleff
President John T. Casteen III
By Matt Kelly
T. Casteen III, in presenting his State of the University Address
April 10 at Old Cabell Hall, spoke passionately of the human challenges
and rewards at a modern University while noting that the material
issues must be addressed also.
touched on funding, U.Va.s relationship with the state,
the upcoming capital campaign, the meaning of education and the
issue of diversity in his talk.
cited several incidents from this school year that heightened
racial tensions, including the reported attack on Student Council
president Daisy Lundy that is being investigated by the FBI as
a hate crime. Members of the alumni seemed surprised when they
heard about the incidents, Casteen said, apparently believing
they had dealt with and solved these issues when they were students.
never finishes the job of educating a community with regard to
human dignity, the importance of maintaining a culture of mutual
respect, he said.
reported attack on Lundy is a threat to the Universitys
way of life, particularly student self-governance, Casteen said,
since it discourages students from participating. While he praised
student discourse on the issues, Casteen stressed that it is not
a student issue, but everyones issue.
out is what it takes to be an ethically straight academic in this
context, he said.
urged everyone to read a recent essay by retired history professor
Paul Gaston (http://www.virginia.edu/uvadiversity/envisioning_diversity.html)
on the history of desegregation at the University to bring perspective
to the current
will help establish diversity, but the University also needs to
determine the best way to educate the best students.
students drive the need for the first curriculum revisions since
1969 by bringing different needs to the University, Casteen said.
They come much better prepared, with more diverse academic backgrounds
and want to be challenged, he said, noting the University has
to determine how to react to accelerating student demand.
an educational course has been set, it needs to be paid for. Casteen
touched on several funding points and how they affect the University,
which has lost about $96 million in state funds over two years,
as the Commonwealth has wrestled with a $6 billion shortfall in
state funding shrinks, the University is taking the reins of its
own operations and funding, without severing the ties to the state,
Casteen noted. In doing so, the University would have to become
much more responsible for its own money. He said soon the School
of Law and the Darden
School would be self-sufficient, with the McIntire
School of Commerce as the next logical candidate. But there
are other schools that will not be able to cover all their expenses,
he said. By the year 2010, Casteen said 20 to 21 percent of the
operating budget should come from endowment and gifts.
do that, we need to generate an endowment with a market value
of $10 billion, he said.
current total endowment is around $2.5 billion. And the University
is laying the groundwork for a capital campaign to raise $3 billion.
is larger than any [campaign] that has ever been run anywhere,
successfully, Casteen said.