President Casteen Announces Planning Task Force On Athletics To
Set Long-Range Priorities
6, 2000 -- University of Virginia President John
T. Casteen III has announced the formation of a Strategic Planning
Task Force for Athletics to develop long-range priorities and aspirations
for the Department of Athletics.
task force has been charged with addressing three areas: programs
and facilities; academic and student life; and finances and fund
raising. It will focus on planning and goal setting, particularly
in areas that have not yet achieved eminence.
past year the athletics department was honored for the first time
with a top 10 ranking in the Sears Directors Cup, a respected
measure of achievement among the nations colleges and universities.
Both in the classroom and on the playing field, U.Va.s student
athletes have long achieved at outstanding levels. But, like the
rest of the University, athletics cannot afford to stand still,
1998, the University embarked on a long-term planning initiative
-- Virginia 2020: The Agenda for the Third Century -- in order to
remain competitive with its peers and to fully address the many
facets of its educational mission. The process of setting long-range
aspirations and priorities has focused thus far on four key areas
-- the fine and performing arts, international activities, public
service and outreach, and science and technology.
often describes the endeavor as part of the Universitys "ongoing
commitment to excellence."
Department of Athletics has emerged as an area deserving of attention,"
Casteen said. "Just as the University seeks excellence in its
academic programs, it also seeks excellence in its athletic endeavors.
Having achieved some measure of success during the course of the
current capital fund-raising campaign, it is now necessary for athletics
to undertake long-term planning and goal setting."
task force will be asked to establish clear goals for the department
for the next two decades; to build an appropriate budget for accomplishing
those goals; to identify funding sources to support the goals, and
to recommend a management structure to oversee these efforts.
coaches and student-athletes have achieved one of our major goals
-- top ten ranking for the whole athletic program," said M.
Terry Holland, director of athletics. "Now it is time to plan
for maintaining that excellence in a highly competitive environment.
Our athletic program has benefited greatly from our academic excellence
and our academic programs have benefited from our athletic excellence.
Continued achievement in both areas makes a great University."
the work of the athletics task force will be a group of 16 faculty
members, administrators, students and alumni from across University
disciplines. Carolyn M. Callahan, a professor at the Curry School
of Education, will lead the effort. Callahan is the Universitys
faculty athletics representative, serving since 1997 as the liaison
between the faculty and the athletics department. In that capacity,
she also is the Universitys faculty representative to the
National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Atlantic Coast
with Callahan will be: Margaret Boutilier, alumna and former All-American
in women's lacrosse and field hockey; Gordon C. Burris, special
assistant to the president; Earl C. Dudley Jr., professor of law;
Mark E. Fletcher, associate director of athletics; Henry B. Frazier
III, alumnus; Harry Y. Gamble Jr., professor Religious Studies;
Ahmad R. Hawkins, class of 2001; Paula D. McClain, professor of
Government and Foreign Affairs; Jane Miller, associate athletic
director; Mary Frances Scott, Class of 2000; V. Shamim Sisson, associate
dean of students; M. Rick Turner, dean of African-American Affairs;
Keith D. Vanderbeek, associate director of athletics; Andrew M.
Virga, alumnus, and Carl P. Ziethaml, dean, McIntire School of Commerce.
Ex-officio members include: Henry L. Valentine II, chair, Board
of Visitors Committee on Student Affairs and Athletics; M. Terry
Holland, director of athletics, and Amy D. Cronin, assistant to
University of Virginia, founded in 1819, will enter its third century
in 2020. Envisioning the Universitys future and planning for
the change and opportunities that lie ahead are the goals of Virginia
2020: Agenda for the Third Century, an initiative first announced
by Casteen in March 1998.
2020 is focused on four areas: the fine and performing arts, international
activities, public service and outreach, and science and technology.
Strengths exist in all four areas, but each area as a whole offers
great potential for achieving higher standards of excellence. The
success of Virginia 2020 will help ensure the Universitys
success as an institution dedicated to the fundamental principles
of teaching, research, and service, and at the same time, devoted
to the changing educational needs of people who will face unique
challenges and questions of the 21st century.
site has been developed to disseminate information about Virginia
2020. The address is: www.virginia.edu/virginia2020.
Carol Wood, (804) 924-6189