University of Virginia Board of Visitors to Meet

September 18, 2013

The University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors will meet Thursday and Friday.

Committee meetings and sessions of the full board are open to the public, with the exception of closed sessions approved by a vote of the board.

Seating is limited for members of the press and public and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission to committee meetings and full board sessions requires a ticket, which will be available at the entrance to each meeting room via a member of the Office of University Communications. Tickets must be surrendered when leaving the meeting room.

Some committee meetings will be held concurrently. All sessions held in the Rotunda Board Room will be streamed live online. Find a complete meeting schedule here.

Please RSVP by email to if you plan to attend.

Issues before the Board of Visitors this week include:

  • Strategic planning: Board members will review the latest developments in the strategic planning process. In the year since President Teresa A. Sullivan launched the effort, more than 10,000 people have participated in the development process, including students, faculty, alumni, staff and more. Now, the plan is near a final draft status. At this week’s meeting, board members will hear details about three of the 15 strategies that support the plan foundation and identify areas in which U.Va. can differentiate itself from competitors. The board is expected to have a final proposed plan for review and approval in November.
  • New Jefferson medal: The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals awarded each year by U.Va. and The Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello recognize those who embrace endeavors in which Jefferson excelled and held in high regard. They are the highest external awards of the University. This week, the board will consider approval of a new medal to accompany those already awarded in architecture, law and citizen leadership. The proposed new Medal in Global Innovation highlights Jefferson’s commitment to global commerce and the importance of the creation and commercialization of inventions and ideas to improve society. The Darden School of Business will sponsor the new medal.
  • Six-year plan: The Virginia Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2011 requires the governing boards of all public institutions of higher education to develop and adopt biennially an institutional six-year plan and to submit that plan to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the governor and the chairs of the House of Delegates’ Committee on Appropriations and the Senate’s Committee on Finance.

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