Changes in University Leadership

Jack Blackburn Dan Addison

With the introduction of six new deans and a new vice president for research, UVA saw a significant infusion of new leadership. Other University giants said their farewells. Jeanette Lancaster, dean of the School of Nursing, stepped down in August after leading the school for the past 19 years. In June, John “Jack” A. Blackburn, dean of admission, announced plans to retire, ending a three-decade career at the University. Mr. Blackburn died of cancer at his home in Charlottesville on Jan. 20.

Read Mr. Blackburn’s obituary at UVAToday

Work Zone

Seemingly everywhere around Grounds, buildings were either under construction or opening their doors to students and faculty.


Cartoons in the Cavalier Daily sparked outrage and earned student editors a Muzzle Award from the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression for their subsequent decision to fire the cartoonist. Later in the year, a temporary ban on signs at athletic events drew criticism stemming from concerns about free speech and student self governance.

Read the Virginia Magazine Winter 2008 feature “Troubling Signs”

David Petkofsky

Election Fever

From local elections to the historical presidential race, politics took center stage as students and alumni got involved in a variety of ways. Interest in the elections ran high on Grounds, while an impressive number of alumni won or retained public office. Another alumnus, calling himself “America’s First Cycling Political Journalist,” pedaled his bicycle around the country to talk to people about their thoughts on the election.

Economic Crisis

The current economic crisis hasn’t been easy on anyone, including the University of Virginia. The University’s endowment has suffered significant losses and major budget cuts continue to be handed down from the Governor’s office. The University has created a special Web site that provides information about the ongoing situation. Additionally, faculty experts offered analysis and insight as the crisis unfolded around the globe.

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