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William W. Harmon Named Senior Vice President At U.Va.

June 5, 2001-- William W. Harmon, vice president for student affairs at the University of Virginia since 1994, will become senior vice president this summer.

Patricia M. Lampkin, associate vice president for student affairs, will serve as interim vice president while a search is conducted to replace him, said U.Va. President John T. Casteen III.

In his new role, Harmon will serve as a key member of the team spearheading plans for a new basketball and special-events facility. With longtime experience as a career student-affairs administrator and as a former student-athlete, he also will assist in implementing recommendations of the athletics task force related to academic support and student life.

Reporting to Casteen, Harmon will represent the University in community organizations and will work closely with various University departments officials to help attract more minority candidates as employees or studentson recruitment and retention of students and employees.

"Bill brings valuable experience with student-life issues and with Division I athletics to his new role," Casteen said. "He is well equipped to be an ambassador for the University in many settings, and I am pleased that he has agreed to take on these new responsibilities on the University’s behalf."

During his vice presidency, Harmon oversaw the growth of several programs to improve services to students. Among them were the comprehensive summer orientation program for entering students; expansion of University Career Services in its new Bryant Hall location; renovation and expansion of the student health center, including the consolidation of counseling and psychological services; significant programming to combat student alcohol abuse, and a task force to consider the expansion of the Office of African-American Affairs as an institutional resource on diversity. He also encouraged and supported student initiatives such as Mosaic House, a multi-cultural residence hall that opened in 1995, and current planning for a new student center.

Among his many institutional committee assignments, Harmon chaired the search for an athletics director in 1994-95 and a University-wide alcohol task force in 1997.

Before coming to U.Va., Harmon was vice chancellor of student affairs at the University of Pittsburgh and associate vice president for student affairs and dean of University College at Wichita State University.

Contact: Louise Dudley, (434) 924-1400

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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