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Committee on Names


The Committee on Names is charged by the President to make specific recommendations to the President and the Board of Visitors for assigning a name to any new or previously unnamed academic program, center, institute, department, physical structure, or part thereof, on the University of Virginia Grounds or property owned by the University Real Estate Foundation or University affiliated foundations, if used by the University. This also includes programs, departments, centers and institutes, buildings, portions of buildings (such as a classroom, auditorium, foyer, library, wing), collections of buildings, fields, open air courtyards, streets, alleys, and other outdoor areas and spaces.

The Committee on Names is also responsible for:

  1. Compiling brief biographies of persons after whom buildings have been named
  2. Compiling a list of unnamed buildings
  3. Compiling a list of University people after whom buildings might be named
  4. Keeping an ongoing memorial biography on those people upon their demise

Committee Structure

The Senior Vice President for Development and Public Affairs chairs the Committee. The Committee consists of the following ten members by virtue of their position:

  • Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
  • Executive Vice President and Provost
  • Executive Vice President for Health Affairs
  • Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer
  • Secretary to the Board of Visitors
  • Representative of the Office of the President
  • Representative of the Department of Athletics
  • University Protocol and History Officer
  • Architect for the University
  • Assistant to the Senior VP for Development and Public Affairs (ex-officio and Executive Secretary)

The remaining members of the committee include three at-large faculty/staff members and two student members, one being the student member of the Board of Visitors.

For more information on the University's naming policy, please visit the Naming Policies web site.

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