27, 2004 — The University intends to keep and recruit top-notch
faculty and staff, and it’s committing the resources to do
The Board of Visitors’
Finance Committee, meeting Tuesday in Newcomb Hall’s new Kaleidoscope
Center, gave its blessing to a $1.73 billion budget for the
2004-05 fiscal year. Included in its provisions: a 2 percent, merit-based
salary increase for teaching and administrative faculty, on top
of the 3 percent raise approved by the state earlier this month.
For classified staff, the budget also calls for a $250,000 salary
pool to “address critical market and retention needs,”
plus $200,000 for bonuses and other one-time compensation. Classified
staff will also receive the statewide 3 percent raise, which takes
effect Nov. 25.
The board’s supplemental increases are part of a four-year
effort to raise compensation for faculty and staff. A year ago,
board members identified compensation as one of the key issues facing
the University, and launched the plan to increase compensation levels
among all University employees, including bringing faculty salaries
up to nationally competitive levels.
In November, the board supplemented the state’s 2.25 percent
salary increases with an additional 1.75 percent — again,
targeted, merit-based increases — for teaching faculty, plus
a pool of funds for classified staff salary adjustments. As a result,U.Va.
jumped from No. 30 to No. 24 in faculty salaries among its national
peer schools in the American Association of Universities rankings.
At Tuesday’s meeting, the Finance Committee approved a resolution
targeting an AAU ranking of between 15 and 19 by 2006-07 —
approximately the same ranking the University held in 1989-90, before
vigorous state budget cuts.
“This salary support from the BOV has been a big help to us,”
said Jeanette Lancaster, dean of the School
of Nursing. The school — which must compete with health-care
agencies as well as other nursing schools for faculty members —
has already been able to fill three of its four tenure-track faculty
vacancies this year, and has an offer out for the fourth, she said.
Arts & Sciences
dean Edward L. Ayers said the board’s action is welcome news.
“I visited with almost 20 departments in Arts and Sciences
in the last couple of weeks,” he said. “Along with hiring,
the issue of raises was most on people's minds. The determination
by the BOV to get us where we need to be on faculty salaries is
some of the best news we have heard in a long time.”
This year’s round of supplemental salary increases are expected
to cost about $2.2 million. Budget officials had set aside $1.3
million from this fall’s tuition increase for compensation,
and plan to use another $900,000 in private funds to cover the balance
this year before replacing it with additional tuition funding next
The overall budget’s $1.73 billion price tag represents a
7.5 percent increase over the current spending plan. It must be
approved by the full board at its June 11-12 meeting, and takes
effect July 1, the beginning of the University’s fiscal year.
The budget includes $990.3 million for the academic division (a
6.5 percent annual increase), $720.1 million for the
Medical Center (an 8.8 percent increase), and $21.7 million
for the University’s
College at Wise (a 7.1 percent increase).
Health System patient revenue accounts for 41.5 percent of the University’s
projected total income, followed by 16.9 percent from research grants
and contracts, 15.1 percent from tuition and fees, 9 percent from
auxiliary enterprises, 8.1 from state taxpayers, 7.6 percent from
endowment income and gifts, and 1.8 percent from other sources.
“This is a good budget,” declared Leonard W. Sandridge,
executive vice president
and chief operating officer. “We’re building and
investing in ways to further this institution.”
On the revenue side, the budget includes new state support of $3.8
million for the academic division and $465,000 for the College at
Wise, approved by the General Assembly on May 7; and additional
tuition revenue of $7.2 million at U.Va. and $271,000 at the College
Besides the salary initiatives, the spending plan also provides
support for the innovative Access
UVa financial aid program and the continuing implementation
of the Health System’s Decade
Plan, a joint strategic plan that sets specific goals in several
areas and the timelines in which they will be accomplished. It anticipates
a 5 prcent operating margin of revenues over expenses in the Medical
Buildings & Grounds
Also on Tuesday, the board’s Buildings and Grounds committee
approved the schematic designs of a proposed studio arts building,
with increased cost projections, and OK’d a larger budget
for renovations at Fayerweather Hall.
Colette Sheehy, vice president
for management and budget, told the committee the design for
the Ruffin Hall Studio Arts Building, to be built next to the Fiske
Kimball Fine Arts Library, is estimated to cost $16.7 million
— $4.7 million more than originally planned.
She blamed an approximately 17 percent hike in construction material
costs, adding landscaping costs in the project, and additional foundation
work due to weaker than anticipated soil at the site. Delays in
state funding stemming from the state budget impasse earlier this
month were also responsible, and Sheehy said the University might
approach the state for more money in the project.
The Ruffin Foundation had pledged $3 million toward the original
$12 million construction budget, as well as $2 million for programs
in the building, Sheehy said, with the remainder of construction
costs coming from the state. The University is now taking with the
foundation about transferring that $2 million into construction.
The project cannot be scaled back to reduce the cost by the additional
$4.7 million, she said.
David J. Neuman presented the designs of the three-story building,
by architect Schwartz/Silver of Boston. He called attention to the
brick exterior with white trim that picks up the lines from surrounding
buildings, and noted the northern light entering the studios, the
wide corridors for students to display and critique their work,
and the outdoor spaces where students can work. He displayed drawings
for the committee that showed how the building related to surrounding
structures and how it opened on to the central arts grounds.
“I think we should proceed and trust that we will find the
money,” said committee member Thomas F. Farrell II.
Studio arts has been struggling with terribly inadequate space for
a long time and has now been placed in temporary buildings, Farrell
After unanimously approving the studio arts plans, the committee
increased the budget for renovations to Fayerweather Hall by $2.3
million. While the project costs were originally slated for $5.4
million, to be paid by the state, the lowest of three recent bids
for the construction portion came in $1.6 million higher than planned.
Sheehy said the project scope was the same, and the overage includes
increases in the cost of construction materials, delays from the
state budget impasse and complications stemming from the historic
restoration portion of the project.
“This a retrofit of a historic building in a defined area.”
said Leonard Sandridge, executive vice president and chief operating
officer. “It is very hard to do an estimate in such a tight,
The University could approach the state for more money, Sheehy said,
or cover the increased cost from the University’s endowment.
While committee members approved the increase in the renovation
budget, they were concerned about increased construction costs.
Sheehy noted that the cost estimates for studio arts are still estimates,
while Fayerweather expenses were based on actual bid prices. She
noted that studio arts construction does not begin until 2005 and
that prices may have dropped by then.
The committee also heard reports on building security, the historic
preservation master plan and the outcomes of planning workshops.
Student Affairs and Athletics
The Student Affairs and Athletics Committee heard a report from
Patricia M. Lampkin, vice
president for student affairs, on violent incidents involving
a small number of students this past academic year. Lampkin cited
several factors that may be contributing to such behavior that,
while perpetuated by a few, poses safety concerns for the larger
“The current generation of students has grown up both protected
and exposed,” she said. “Their parents – mostly
from the Baby Boomer generation – are fierce protectors, yet
their children have grown up surrounded by real and fictionalized
violence. … They also have regularly witnessed breakdowns
in the government, corporations, the Roman Catholic Church and now
As a result, some of today’s students have become inured to
wrongs that occur around them and do not involve themselves or assume
ownership. Students may be hesitant to use systems that are available
to them, whether the police or student judicial systems, she said.
Technology, Lampkin said, has been part of our students’ world
forever, and the negative effects of instantaneous communication
often has meant students have not learned to communicate, negotiate
and deal with conflicts face to face.
“I often say that high IQ may not equal high EQ, or emotional
quotient,” said Lampkin, who explained that some students,
while extremely bright, may not have developed basic skills to deal
on their own with daily instances of conflict or negotiation. Some
students, too, come to college with more complex emotional issues
stemming from family and personal difficulties. As a result, college
counseling centers nationwide, U.Va.’s included, have seen
an increase in the number of students seeking services and using
antidepressants or other medication.
Lampkin said she and her staff will continue to continue to be proactive
in responding to these issues and will put some new programs and
training in to place. Students participating in the upcoming Leadership
2004 program, for example, will have a session on conflict management.
Lampkin also expects a review of student judicial systems to ensure
that maximum coordination is occurring and that students are encouraged
to use them.
Meghan Sullivan, incoming chairwoman of the Honor
Committee, reported on the work of the past year and goals for
the coming academic year. She outlined three goals: greater outreach
to international students; strengthening the Honor Committee’s
fall education program to include discussions of student initiations
in response to a concern that students are not willing to hold their
peers accountable; and working more closely with faculty members
to explore the cultural and pedagogical role of the Honor System.
Noah Sullivan, the new president of Student
Council, also spoke to the committee. He said next year would
be an ambitious one for Council. Plans include carrying through
and moving forward in establishing an off-Grounds housing office,
studying the appropriations process for student organizations, supporting
efforts toward diversity and equity within the student body, and
working with University administrators to advocate for rechartering
legislation within the General Assembly.
U.Va. women’s lacrosse head coach Julie Myers drew at least
two rounds of applause as committee members congratulated her and
her team on winning the NCAA championship just two days prior in
Committee members also applauded Mark Bernardino, head coach for
men’s and women’s swimming and diving, for both teams’
ACC championships this year. The men’s team racked up its
sixth consecutive ACC title, while the women’s team topped
the season with a second consecutive ACC banner.
Six U.Va. teams have won ACC championships this past year, announced
Director Craig Littlepage. “We are one and counting as far
as the NCAA,” he noted in referring to the women’s lacrosse
victory and the possibility of the baseball team progressing in
the NCAA championships, which begin later this month.