was published in the Daily Tar Heel on Feb. 19, 2004.
February 18, 2004
am writing in response to a Feb. 17 article headlined "Easley
stance mildly praised." In the article, North Carolina Sen.
Tony Rand was referenced as saying that many public universities
across the country are cutting back on professors and becoming more
privatized, citing Washington State University and the University
of Virginia as examples.
Rand's statement regarding faculty numbers at U.Va. is incorrect.
In 1991, we had 1,653 full-time instructional and research faculty.
By 2002, that number had reached 2,004 full-time instructional and
research faculty. Sen. Rand also incorrectly cites U.Va. as an institution
that is becoming more privatized. While it is true that U.Va., along
with Virginia Tech and William & Mary, have proposed a new relationship
with the Commonwealth of Virginia, we have been and always will
be a public institution of higher education.
the proposal seeks increased flexibility in the areas of procurement,
personnel, and capital outlay, each university would remain a public
institution with boards appointed by the Governor, confirmed by
the General Assembly, and accountable to the state's citizens --
just as they are now.
Assistant Vice President for University Relations
University of Virginia