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U.Va. Board Seeks Fund-Raising Options Over Athletics Task Force's "Tiering" Proposal

June 5, 2001-- Two committees of the University of Virginia's Board of Visitors -- the Student Affairs & Athletics Committee and the Finance Committee -- jointly met Monday, June 4 to consider the recommendations contained in the recently released Virginia 2020 Strategic Planning Task Force Report on Athletics.

At the end of the meeting, the two committees unanimously approved a resolution directing the University's administration to develop options, including ones for fundraising, that would ensure the long-term financial stability of U.Va.'s athletics programs without creating tiers or eliminating any sports

Gordon F. Rainey Jr., chairman of the board's Student Affairs & Athletics Committee, commended the task force for alerting the University to the issues facing athletics programs across the nation. "While the task force report contains a number of valuable recommendations, those relating to tiering or eliminating sports have been rejected by the two committees as not being in the best interests of the University," he said. "The committees' action today is intended to make crystal clear that the Board of Visitors does not support tiering or eliminating any sports."

William H. Goodwin, chairman of the board's Finance Committee, said, "I am confident that President Casteen, in coordination with the Virginia Student Aid Foundation, can develop financial resources to adequately fund and strengthen existing varsity sports."

"Combined with the 2020 Task Force's related recommendations on academic, support and other issues, the two committees' actions today really set our agenda for athletics for the long term," said U.Va. President John T. Casteen III. "We want the best for our students. We seek to accomplish that goal in many ways. Today's action is a major step. We look forward to the planning for new and enhanced programs, the focused fundraising and the successes that will follow."

The committees' action is consistent with statements made last month by University Rector John P. Ackerly III that the Board of Visitors should seek to build on the outstanding records of U.Va.'s athletic terms, and not cut back on programs, create tiers or eliminate any sports.

Contact: Louise Dudley, (804) 924-1400

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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