In April, UVA's Board of Visitors voted to increase tuition and mandatory fees for the 2013-14 academic year. For in-state undergraduate students, tuition and fees will increase by roughly 4 percent; out-of-state students will see their bills rise nearly 5 percent. Board members said the increases were needed to keep pace with rising costs and inflation and to invest in measures that will improve academic quality, such as improving faculty pay.
New Dean of the Medical School
On May 1, Dr. Nancy E. Dunlap began her appointment as interim dean of the School of Medicine. A pulmonologist, Dunlap was previously physician-in-residence with the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices in Washington, D.C. Dunlap succeeds Dr. Steven T. DeKosky (Res '79), who stepped down to return to teaching full time. Dunlap is expected to be with UVA for at least 18 months until a new executive vice president for health affairs is hired. A search for a permanent dean for the School of Medicine will be launched following that appointment.
Jacqueline Novogratz (Col '83) received the 2013 UVA Distinguished Alumna Award, sponsored by the UVA Women's Center. Novogratz is the founder and director of the nonprofit venture capital firm Acumen Fund, which uses an approach called "patient capital" that makes investment decisions based on what will help the most people instead of bringing a high return for stakeholders. "Investment is the tool, but what we really need is leadership with moral imagination," she says.
Innovator of the Year
UVA Innovation named education professor Marcia A. Invernizzi (Grad '85) the 2013 Edlich-Henderson Innovator of the Year in recognition of her work to improve children's literacy. Invernizzi's Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening, or PALS, assessments and teaching tools are used in six countries and all 50 states to identify and provide customized learning experiences for young children at risk of becoming poor readers. This is the first time a representative from the Curry School has received UVA's top innovation award.
Thomas Jefferson Medalists
On Founder's Day, the University and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation bestowed their highest honor, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals, on FBI director Robert S. Mueller III (Law '73), who has led the bureau's post-9/11 transformation; Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach For America; and Laurie Olin, a renowned landscape architect whose designs include the Washington Monument grounds and New York City's Bryant Park.