Most medical center employees fare well under codified autonomy
By Dan Heuchert
The suggestion from critics of the University’s Charter initiative that Medical Center employees have received only a 4 percent raise since 1998 should surprise at least one constituency: Medical Center employees.
Records show that the vast majority of hospital employees received salary increases in five of the last seven fiscal years, and bonuses in the other two. In fact, according to the records, most Medical Center employees have fared as well as — and in many cases, better than — state employees since the U.Va. Medica. Full story
Two for the Rhodes
With 45 U.Va. boasts most Rhodes Scholars among nation's public universities
By Carol Wood and Kathleen Valenzi
For the seventh time in University history, two U.Va. representatives have been chosen as Rhodes Scholars in the same year. Meghan E. Sullivan, a fourth-year student and head of the Honor Committee, and Justin Mutter, Class of 2003, learned on Nov. 20 that they were among 32 recipients of one of the nation’s most prestigious academic honors.
“They were so excited, they showed up at my house late Saturday evening to share the good news,” said Nicole Hurd, director of U.Va.’s Center for Undergraduate Excellence, which advises students about national and international competitions such as the Rhodes. Full story
University is seeking savior for Blue Ridge hospital property
By Dan Heuchert
Battling against the erosive effects of time and nature, the University announced a last-chance plan to save some of its historic structures at the former Blue Ridge Sanatorium pro-
perty, and develop the rest of the site.
University Architect David Neuman outlined the plan Nov. 18 at a meeting of Charlottesville, Albemarle County and U.Va. officials. It calls for the University of Virginia Foundation — the current holder of the property — to seek a private entity to develop the site and preserve up to 19 structures with historic significance for “adaptive reuse,” possibly as office space. The developer would be eligible to receive tax credits for the preservation work, Neuman said.
New construction on the 142-acre site, located at the southeast corner of Interstate 64 and Route 20 just below Monticello, could support “mixed uses,” Neuman said, which could include housing and research park activities. Full story