Board Seeks Fund-Raising Options Over Athletics Task Force's "Tiering"
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
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