University of Virginia President's Report Milestones 2001-2002
Message from the President
2001 - 2002 Report
Financial Report

photo A Case of Rediscovered History

fter breaking a hole in the roof of Miller Hall, a work crew removes one of two oak and glass display cases from the attic, where they had been stored for decades. Made in 1876 by Henry Ward in Rochester, New York, the cases held specimens for the exhibits in Brooks Hall, originally a natural history museum. Today Brooks Hall houses the Department of Anthropology and studios and faculty offices for the McIntire Department of Art. Archaeologist Jeffrey Hantman of the Anthropology Department and American decorative arts specialist Maurie McInnis (College '88) of the Art Department are leading efforts to have the cases restored and returned to Brooks Hall, where they could be used for exhibits on University history. Miller Hall was removed to make way for a new facility housing the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library and the Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture.

Fall 2001| Spring 2002 | Summer/Fall 2002


• The Board of Visitors adopts a $1.44 billion operating budget for 2002-2003, up 1.9 percent from the previous year. The figure includes $835.8 million for the Academic Division, $597.6 million for the Medical Center, and $19.7 million for the University's College at Wise.

• The University and the World Wildlife Fund sign a memorandum of understanding to work together on critical environmental management issues and research in Africa, Latin America, and other rapidly developing regions.


• The University announces a $1.3 million gift from the estate of educator and Curry School graduate Edward Cooke to fund scholarships for needy students.


• Virginia soccer coach George Gelnovatch (College '87) travels to Seoul to help his mentor and former U.Va. coach Bruce Arena lead the U.S. team to the quarterfinals of the World Cup.

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• Actor Ethan Hawke visits the University to screen his film Chelsea Walls, his debut as a director, and to give a reading from his second novel.


• Some 3,000 first-year students move into residence halls on Grounds and begin their careers at the University.


• The College offers a new interdisciplinary Common Course titled "Twenty-First Century Choices: War, Justice, and Human Rights," team-taught by James Childress, the James Allen Hollingsworth Professor of Ethics; and Michael Smith, the Thomas C. Sorensen Professor of Political and Social Thought. Made possible by a gift from John A. Griffin (McIntire '85) of New York, the Common Course will continue in the spring semester with a class titled "Environmental Choices."

• Steven H. Kaplan is installed as the fifth chancellor of the University's College at Wise. He is former dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Butler University in Indianapolis.

• The University wins a $5 million grant from the Carnegie Corporation to improve the preparation of K-12 teachers through collaborative partnerships among the Curry School of Education, the College of Arts and Sciences, and K-12 school systems.

• NASA chooses the University as one of seven institutions that will oversee the new National Institute of Aerospace, to be based near NASA's Langley Research Center.



• The Women's Center at the University, directed by Sharon Davie receives the American Association of University Women's annual Progress in Equity Award.


• Julian Bond, a member of the history faculty and national chairman of the NAACP, receives the Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum. Past recipients include Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, Nelson Mandela, and Colin Powell.

• Patricia Lampkin (Curry '86), a student-life administrator at the University since 1979, is named vice president for student affairs. She had been interim vice president since July 2001.

The Harrison Legacy: Focus On Faculty Excellence

ne late David A. Harrison III (College '39, Law '41) was one of the University's most loyal and generous alumni during his lifetime. Now he has made an even greater impact on the institution through his estate.

Owner of historic Flowerdew Hundred Farm in Hopewell, Mr. Harrison died June 8 at the age of 85.

David A. Harrison III

Distributions from his estate and a previously established trust have provided the University with $64 million, most of it directed toward endowed professorships in the schools of Law and Medicine. In addition, Mr. Harrison created an irrevocable trust in excess of $50 million, which will come to the University in twenty-five years. With these new gifts, contributions made by Mr. Harrison and his late wife, Mary, total more than $150 million.

In the Law School, $34.8 million of the gift will endow new professorships at a level competitive with the most prestigious academic positions in the nation. The School of Medicine received $20.3 million, which will create new professorships and a fund to reward superb teachers.

Over the years, Mary and David Harrison established a number of professorships in law, medicine, and archaeology. David Harrison also made possible the Harrison Research Awards for undergraduates. He supported expansion and renovation of the Law School's facilities, named the David A. Harrison III Law Grounds, and his gifts to athletics funded such improvements as David A. Harrison III Field, the grass playing surface at Scott Stadium. The new Harrison gift includes $5.8 million for athletics, which will be used to upgrade facilities for academic services, dining operations, and other programs. An additional $3.1 million will complete Mr. Harrison's $10 million pledge for the Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture, part of a complex now under construction that also will contain the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. The institute will include an exhibition gallery, research space, multimedia classrooms, and other facilities for scholarship and public outreach.

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