Governor taps three new members, re-appoints Farrell
By Dan Heuchert
A long-time Virginia legislator, a prominent member of the New York banking community and a Norfolk lawyer will join the University’s Board of Visitors when it next convenes March 31.
Gov. Mark R. Warner announced March 8 that he has appointed former state Del. Alan A. Diamonstein, A. MacDonald “Mac” Caputo and Vincent J. Mastracco Jr., respectively, to serve four-year terms on U.Va.’s governing board.
They replace Terence P. Ross and William G. Crutchfield Jr., who served two terms and were ineligible for re-appointment; and Thomas A. Saunders III, an appointee of former Gov. James S. Gilmore whom Warner opted not to re-appoint. Full story
Gillen steps down as men's basketball coach
U.Va. plans to name his successor in four to six weeks
Rich Murray and Carol Wood
Craig K. Littlepage, director of athletics, announced March 14 that Pete Gillen would step down as the men’s basketball coach, effective immediately.
Littlepage said that during recent discussions, he and Gillen concluded the time was right for Gillen to leave U.Va.’s basketball program. “The team did not reach the goals we thought were achievable entering the 2004-2005 season,” Littlepage said. “There is, however, a solid foundation in place provided by Pete and his staff. We have good young players in the program who will provide us the opportunity for success.” Full story
Employees flock to educational benefits fair
|A huge crowd turned out to hear about the educational benefits available to U.Va. employees.
By Katherine Ward
Emily Bardeen, director of the Division of Faculty and Staff Career Services in Human Resources, stood in front of the standing room-only crowd at Newcomb Hall on March 8 wide-eyed and a bit overwhelmed. “We are so glad to see all of you on this rainy day — I’m astonished at the turnout,” she told the group.
The heavy rain did not deter a full house at the Educational Benefits Conference and Resource Fair, which was bustling by 8 a.m. Bardeen welcomed the crowd and joked about the tight space, assuring everyone that this would be the most crowded room of all the morning’s events. U.Va. employees sat elbow-to-elbow with their colleagues to learn about the educational benefits that are available for the taking, pending supervisory approval. According to Bardeen, 1,386 employees have taken advantage of U.Va.’s educational benefits during the past two calendar years, a University investment value of more than $1.3 million. ego boost. Full story