More than I love spring, I love the anticipation of its arrival—the buds waiting to burst open, slowly at first and then all at once. More than summer itself, I delight in the glee of my children’s countdown to school’s end. Like so much in life, it’s the anticipation, more than the realization, that energizes. And so it is that I am energized with the anticipation of what’s to come for the University of Virginia in its third century.
I recently had the chance to sit down with president-elect Jim Ryan (Law ’92) and share thoughts on the most important issues facing the University over the next five years. For me, that too is founded on the principle of anticipation and, at heart, a simple question: Who will we be?
And, to that point, how will we serve? How will UVA innovate to meet what our democracy demands of the great institutions of higher education? Perhaps most important for you and me, how will we, the alumni, join our University in that pursuit? It starts with our role as keepers of the flame of UVA culture and tradition. We see a distinguished past as the strong foundation on which to build a dynamic future—the platform for a living, breathing, evolving University that rises to the call of a new century.
As the anticipation builds for what awaits UVA, your voice as alumni is as important as ever. The Alumni Association is here to share that voice and to amplify it. As the University’s leadership charts a new course, we’re doing something similar at Alumni Hall. We’re examining how best to position ourselves as the University’s invaluable partner. Equally important, we’re making sure we’re poised to meet the evolving needs of University alumni.
Central to our efforts, we want to hear from you. Many of you by now will have received our alumni attitudinal survey. If not, please visit uvaalumnisurvey.com. Please make the effort to complete it. If you received our email, you’ll see we’ve even thrown in a few giveaways as sweeteners. Your participation is vital to us as we, like the greater University, position ourselves for its third century.
In the coming months, as we compile our survey results, identify strategic priorities, and develop new initiatives around them, we’ll share them with you. We can hardly wait, which is why we’re totally energized!
Jenifer G. Andrasko
UVA Alumni Association President
Virginia Magazine Publisher