Changes in University Leadership
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.
Seemingly everywhere around Grounds, buildings were either under construction or opening their doors to students and faculty.
- Sampler of major projects at the University
- Bavaro Hall will nearly double the space for Curry School of Education
- Video tour of selected new buildings
- The Jefferson Fellows Center
- Kellogg House, the first of a new wave of dormitories
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.
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.
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.
The Year in Sports
- Lindsay Shoop wins gold medal as a member of the U.S. rowing team at the Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Read more
- After more than 30 years as coach of the women’s basketball team, Debbie Ryan is inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
- Somdev Devvarman defends his NCAA singles tennis championship, ending his career with a school-record 36-match winning streak.
- From football player Chris Long to basketball player Sharneé Zoll, a number of Cavaliers were selected in professional league drafts.
- Sean Singletary leaves his mark on the men’s basketball program, finishing as the only player in ACC history to total at least 2,000 points, 500 assists, 400 rebounds and 200 steals.