|This period of change is no accident. It is the product of years of thought and planning conducted with the help of our alumni, students, faculty, and friends. Its most visible manifestation is physical, as we build and renovate the facilities we need to support academic and student-life programs of the first order. Equally important is the work that will take place within these new and restored walls. You will discover in these pages that we are looking anew at what we teach and how we teach; we are reshaping our culture to nurture a healthier and more open community; and we are rethinking the ways we sustain the entire enterprise.
The physical transformation now under way radiates from our historic core. We are building within our current borders, all the while strengthening the connections, both physical and intellectual, that link our schools and programs. These ties will foster the collaborative work that is vital to establishing new areas of academic strength. At the same time, we are preserving the open space that has characterized these grounds since Jefferson walked them, and we are taking care to protect the historic structures of the University. With support of the Getty Grant Program and supplemental funding from an endowment created by Hunter Smith and Carl Smith (College '51), we will develop a master plan for preserving the historic properties our students, faculty, and staff use every day. This plan will help us adapt our venerable architecture to the needs of teaching, research, and patient care in the twenty-first century.
We are grateful to the people of Virginia who, by a wide margin, approved a general-obligation bond issue that supports construction and renovation on campuses across the Commonwealth. With their votes last November, citizens voiced in the clearest possible way their desire to sustain the quality of Virginia's public colleges and universities. State dollars, however, will provide only a portion of the funding necessary to complete the buildings we envision. That so many of these projects are in large part supported by private funds is an indication of new financial realities.