March 7, 2007 -- The Board of Visitors approved the establishment of three professorships and the naming of two facilities at its Feb. 9 meeting. U.Va. President John T. Casteen III read the resolutions during the meeting, held in the Dome Room of the Rotunda.
The professorships created were:
• The Lawrence W. Penniston, M.D., Family Professorship in Women’s Oncology Research.
Creation of this professorship will help the School of Medicine engage an expert researcher in
oncology who will advance an already strong area at the University and further the study of
promising treatments to alleviate the suffering of female cancer patients, Casteen said.
• The Dudley F. Rochester Professorship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. “This
professorship recognizes the remarkable career of Professor Emeritus Dudley Rochester by
ensuring a legacy of committed care in his name,” Casteen said.
The professorship will enable the School of Medicine to recruit a specialist in pulmonary and
critical care medicine while augmenting the school’s existing strengths in immunology, pulmonology and vascular research. It will also support the training of future specialists and promote research that may lead to treatments and drug therapies.
• The James R. Schlesinger Distinguished Professorship at the Miller Center of Public Affairs.
The holder of this professorship will teach courses, participate in Miller Center programs and produce significant independent research, Casteen noted.
This brings the total number of U.Va.’s endowed professorships to 444.
The two facilities whose names were officially approved at the board meeting are the Emmet/Ivy
Garage and the Mellon Prostate Cancer Research Institute.
Minutes and information on board meetings are available online at www.virginia.edu/bov/.