Announces $8.5 Million Lead Gift For Arts & Sciences South Lawn
April 3, 2003--
An $8.5 million commitment from University of Virginia alumnus
John L. Nau III and his wife, Bobbie Nau, will make possible a new
building for the Department of History at U.Va., part of a major
academic facilities project. University President John T. Casteen
III announced the Houston couple’s latest contribution today
at a meeting of the Board of Visitors.
gift to U.Va’s College Foundation will be the largest contribution
to date to advance the South Lawn Project, an ensemble of new buildings
to be constructed adjacent to the historic structures designed by
Thomas Jefferson and Stanford White that are collectively known
as The Lawn to generations of U.Va. students.
nearly 300,000 square feet of new and renovated space, the $160
million South Lawn Project will provide new facilities for 11 of
the 26 departments in U.Va.’s College of Arts & Sciences.
It will accommodate 12,000 student visits per day.
gift is significant,” Casteen said, “not only because
of its size, but because of the momentum it creates for this vital
project. The Naus understand fully the tremendous capital needs
of the College, and that they have made one of the earliest lead
gifts to the project means a great deal to us.”
graduate of U.Va. who majored in history, John Nau is president
and chief executive officer of Silver Eagle Distributors, one of
the nation’s largest distributors of Anheuser-Busch products.
He has been instrumental in securing Anheuser-Busch’s support
for the University, including funds for an alcohol awareness program
and a major gift for the Environmental Sciences Department’s
Anheuser-Busch Coastal Research Center on Virginia’s Eastern
benefactors of the University, John and Bobbie Nau were the principal
donors to the John L. Nau III Professorship in the History of the
American Civil War, now held by distinguished Civil War historian
Gary Gallagher. The Naus also endowed a Jefferson Scholars Graduate
Fellowship in Civil War Studies, and their gifts have benefited
the Virginia football program, efforts to preserve the University’s
Jeffersonian buildings and grounds, and the U.Va. Alumni Association.
helped to establish the College Foundation of the University of
Virginia, which was formed in 2001 to attract donor support for
U.Va.’s core liberal arts programs. Today he is the incoming
president of the foundation’s board of trustees and chair
of its development committee. A past member of the U.Va. Alumni
Association’s Board of Managers, Nau played a prominent role
in the University’s last fund-raising campaign, serving on
the Campaign Executive Committee and as chair of the campaign for
the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.
design details of the South Lawn Project are not complete, initial
plans call for two interconnected ensembles of buildings and landscapes.
On the south side of Jefferson Park Avenue, on what is now a parking
lot, new facilities will be built for the departments of History,
Religious Studies and Politics.
the north side of the street, the complex will house five foreign
language departments and the Department of Sociology. The departments
of Classics and Philosophy will occupy a renovated Cocke Hall, a
Stanford White building that is part of the South Lawn Project.
An atrium that will sweep around the semi-circular south wall of
Old Cabell Hall, another Stanford White structure, promises to become
a new hub of student and faculty life.
than half of the funding for the project will come from private
contributions to the College Foundation. University and state funds
also will be used. Polshek Partnership of New York City is project
Lee Graves, (434) 924-6857