WILL TO FULFILL OUR ASPIRATIONS
Japanese Garden at Morven.
Farm: A Property
That Holds Great Promise
President Casteen looks on, John W. Kluge speaks at
the Rotunda on May 25, the day his gift is announced.
main house at Morven Farm, a Virginia Historic Landmark,
was built in 1821, just as the pavilions and student rooms
were rising on the Lawn. Both projects drew on the same
pool of builders and tradesmen. Today, Morven is known for
such exquisite landscapes as a three-acre Japanese garden
and tea pavilion built by Japanese craftsmen in 1995.
Under the terms of John W. Kluge's gift, the University
will preserve in perpetuity approximately 749 acres of Morven
Farm for educational uses. Ten other working properties,
currently leased to farmers, will eventually be sold and
the proceeds used to establish an endowment to maintain
and operate the remaining property and to establish ongoing
educational programs there.
Over time, the University will develop a comprehensive plan
for Morven. Its buildings provide spaces that could be used
for meetings and conferences, musical performances, art
exhibitions, and studios for visiting artists. Future plans
also could include renovation of barns into dormitory-style
lodging for summer workshops, visiting research fellows,
or a residential program for writers.
Jefferson was the University of Virginia's first fundraiser.
He realized his vision for the Academical Village by acquiring
more than $40,000 in private contributions, which were combined
with the $15,000 provided initially by the Virginia legislature.
In doing so, he created a model for sustaining the University
that continues to guide us today. The Campaign for the University
of Virginia demonstrated in dramatic ways our capacity to add
new sources of support to our core funding. It also represented
a test of our resolve to pursue ambitious goals and, with the
help of many benefactors, to reach them.
the University celebrated the kickoff of the campaign in October
1995, it set a target of $750 million. At that time, even the
most optimistic among us could not have projected that the final
tally would be nearly double that amount, reaching $1.43 billion
in gifts, pledges, and other commitments by the campaign's
conclusion on December 31, 2000. This is the second-highest total
ever raised by a public university.
Much of the success of the campaign rests with its volunteer leaders,
particularly Joshua P. Darden, Jr. (College '58), who chaired
the campaign from 1993 to 1997, and Edward C. Mitchell, Jr. (College
'63), and Thomas A. Saunders III (Darden '67), co-chairmen
of the campaign from 1997 to 2000. The University community owes
them and many other volunteers an enormous debt of gratitude.
Imprint of the Campaign
The effects of the campaign can be seen across the Grounds, most
notably in the new and expanded facilities completed or under
construction for arts and sciences, law, graduate business, medicine,
and athletics. Pavilion VII, the oldest building on the Lawn,
has been restored, as have seventeen Jeffersonian student rooms.
These new and renovated structures will support education and
student life for decades to come.
Less visible but no less significant is the campaign's human
impact. With commitments to endow 154 professorships, 122 fellowships,
and 616 scholarships, the University has secured the resources
to bring the best minds into its academic community.
Forty-five percent of the $1.43 billion raised, or $638 million,
came from alumni, a measure of the value they place on their experiences
at the University and the way it shaped their lives. Among fourteen
institutions that have recently completed comparable campaigns,
the University's giving per alumnus ($9,700) was the highest
for a public university and sixth overall.
Total By Area
The last months of the campaign saw a number of significant contributions.
Frank and Wynnette Levinson of Palo Alto, California, committed
$20 million to the University to be divided evenly between the
Department of Astronomy and a new interdisciplinary center that
will study the relationship between religion and democracy. Mr.
Levinson (Graduate Arts and Sciences '78, '80) received
his master's degree and doctorate in astronomy at Virginia.
Another former graduate student, Gregory Olsen (Engineering '71)
of Princeton, New Jersey, pledged $15 million to the Department
of Materials Science and Engineering, where he received a Ph.D.
degree in 1971. Most of the gift will be used to finance a new
building to be named in honor of the late Heinz Wilsdorf, first
chair of the department, and his wife, Doris Kuhlmann-Wilsdorf,
a distinguished researcher who has taught in the materials science
and physics departments for some forty years.
Strengthening Our Resolve
The generosity of the campaign's 142,000 donors proved to
be an invitation to assess our prospects for the future, to identify
our present strengths and weaknesses, and to make the hard decisions
that will place the University, once and for all, among the best
institutions of higher learning in the world. To translate our
long-range plans into action will present a new test of our mettle,
and already our benefactors are stepping forward with their support.
This spring, a group of philanthropists, mostly alumni of the
College of Arts and Sciences, formed the College Foundation of
the University of Virginia and announced that they and other donors
had committed $77.7 million to the University's core liberal
arts programs. Formed to work in partnership with the dean of
the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the foundation
is led by a board of thirty trustees. Alan Y. Roberts (College
'64) was recently elected president of the board, succeeding
founding president Christine Gustafson (College '82).
The sum given to Arts and Sciences includes previously announced
commitments from Halsey Minor (College '87), Wynnette Levinson
and Frank Levinson (Graduate Arts and Sciences '78, '80),
and U. Bertram Ellis, Jr. (College '75, Darden '79),
as well as new gifts and pledges from Kenneth L. Bazzle (College
'53), John H. Birdsall III (College '66), Thompson Dean
(College '79), David Gibson (College '62, Law '65),
and the Peter B. and Adeline W. Ruffin Foundation. These gifts
will support digital innovations and new and expanded facilities
for the arts and other areas of the College. They will also endow
graduate fellowships in music and art history, professorships
in drama and Asian studies, and a new chair devoted to exploring
the intersections of technology and culture.
Another extraordinary gift received since the close of the campaign
was from businessman and philanthropist John W. Kluge, who gave
the University of Virginia Foundation 7,378 acres in Albemarle
County. This unprecedented gift of real estate includes historic
Morven Farm, ten other working farms, and more than two dozen
houses and modernized farm buildings. Valued in excess of $45
million, it is the second largest single gift in the University's
history and more than doubles the land holdings of the University
and its related foundations in central Virginia. Mr. Kluge is
general partner, chairman, and president of Metromedia Company,
one of the nation's largest privately held companies.