Faculty salary ranking on rise; board OKs code
stage at the Board
of Visitor’s quarterly meeting
Oct. 1 and 2 was the diversity report and news of a
major gift, but there was plenty happening further
down the agenda.
salary rankings improve U.Va. jumped up six spots in
both the salary and total compensation rankings released
annually by the American Association of Universities.
report to the Board of Visitors attributed the improvement
to the board’s decision to supplement state salary
increases with funds from the University’s endowment.
an average increase of 4.33 percent, U.Va. moved from
30th to 24th in the salary rankings, jumping over Vanderbilt,
University of California branches at Davis and Santa
Barbara, and the universities of Rochester, Michigan
all forms of compensation are included, U.Va. moved
from 33rd overall to 27th. Faculty’s total compensation
increased 6.6 percent.
Day Childress, chairwoman of the Faculty
the news. “I hope this pleases the board and
shows this kind of investment is worthwhile,” she
noted, however, that only seven public institutions
were among the top 25 of the salary list.
doesn’t surprise me that the number of public
institutions in the top 25 was so small, because it
reflects the state funding problems that public universities
have faced,” she said. Private universities set
the market, she said, “and that’s who we
are competing against.”
The first five in the salary list are: Harvard, Stanford,
Pennsylvania, California Institute of
Technology and Princeton. The top public
checked in at No. 12.
code of ethics passed
law in the post-Enron era requires that business adopt
certain practices. So why not universities?
question was on the minds of board members and Barbara
Deily, the University’s director of audits. The
result? A new, board-approved code of ethics, which
outlines 10 rules for the conduct of University business.
is one of the basic good business practices,” Deily
said. “We probably should have had it all along,
but we never pushed it. … We have a code of honor
for students, but not one for faculty and staff.”
Until the board meeting, that is.
University’s new code is essentially a compilation
of existing policies, now written down in one place,
A draft of the code went before the Audit and Compliance Committee in July.
As a result of board input, Deily added an equal opportunity, nondiscrimination
and harassment clause.
code soon will be posted on a Web site and disseminated
to new employees, Deily said.
System development plan laid out A new physical planning
document, adopted by the board, promises to change
the face of the Health System.
document, developed by the Office of the University
Architect and presented Oct. 1 to the Buildings and
Grounds committee, lays out a “flexible” plan
for development in the next 15 to 20 years.
The plan was developed with input from a series of workshops held over the
summer, said University Architect David J. Neuman.
of the plan is already under way. A 20,000-square-foot “swing
space,” which will first house the Medical Center’s
core laboratories, is under construction near the corner
of Lee and West Main streets, as is a new 1,000-space
completion of the parking structure will allow the
razing of the 330-space parking garage at the corner
of Lee Street and Jefferson Park Avenue, which also
hosts branches of the U.Va. Community Credit Union
and Cavalier Computers.
will be replaced by a new clinical cancer center. The
board approved the concept, site and design guidelines
for the building on Oct. 1, and also selected the Zimmer-Gunsul-Franca
Partnership of Washington as the architect for the
plans include a children’s hospital at the southeast
corner of Jefferson Park Avenue and West Main Street;
an addition to McLeod Hall, the home of the School
of Nursing; and a new medical education facility.
on charter, Darden dean
remarks to the board, University President John T.
Casteen III said a proposal led by U.Va., the College
of William & Mary and Virginia Tech to create “Commonwealth
Chartered Universities” has been fairly well-received
by state legislators.
the proposal, the three universities would agree to
forego some increases in future state funding and to
expand enrollment in exchange for greater operational
autonomy. “We’re not seeing principled
objections to charter,” Casteen said.
also gave an update on the search to replace Darden
School dean Robert S. Harris, whose resignation was
announced in September and whose term as dean will
end July 31. A search is under way for his
replacement and is expected to take three to four months.
a similar vein, board member John O. “Dubby” Wynne
told the board that the search for a new leader of
the University of Virginia Investment Management Company,
or UVIMCO, may be nearing an end.
in the final stages of the search, and it’s been
a long search,” said Wynne, who is leading the
search committee, which is now negotiating a contract
with a candidate.
has been without a leader since Alice W. Handy stepped
down at the end of 2004.
at Wise commended
being entertained — and moved — by former
U.Va.-Wise chancellor “Papa” Joe Smiddy,
the board passed a resolution honoring the former Clinch
Valley College on its 50th anniversary.
Smiddy, a folksy biology professor (and part-time banjo player) who was one
of the college’s original faculty members before becoming chancellor,
expressed his gratitude to the college’s parent institution in an often-humorous
speech during the board’s College
at Wise Committee meeting Oct. 1.
he turned serious. Referring to coal companies’ sway
over all aspects of life in the region, he said, “You
gave us the first institution that was truly free to
search for the truth.”
Ern, the longtime U.Va. faculty member and administrator
who is now serving as interim chancellor in Wise, was
equally effusive in his praise of Smiddy.
College of Wise] is what it is because of Joe Smiddy — now,
50 years from now, 100 years from now,” he said.
Ern, too, expressed appreciation for the college’s
ties with Charlottesville.
proud down there,” he said, “and we hope
and pray you’ll be proud up here, too.”
board passed a memorial resolution in honor of Frank
L. Hereford Jr., the University’s fifth president,
who died Sept. 21.
its “profound sorrow,” the resolution stated
that Hereford was “by every measure…a distinguished
and effective President, strengthening and advancing
the excellence of this institution.”
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