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Dear Friends in the UVa Community:

The University of Virginia has reached a defining moment in its history this year, with stakeholders from every corner of our community coming together to re-examine and re-imagine the University as we approach its third century. We are working together on a strategic plan that will assess UVa’s strengths and weaknesses, set priorities, and chart a bold, achievable course for the University’s future.

I believe in two guiding principles for planning: It should be inclusive, and it should be continuous. To follow the first principle, my administrative team is working in close collaboration with faculty, staff, alumni, parents, students, and the Board of Visitors’ Special Committee on Strategic Planning, co-chaired by former James Madison University President Linwood Rose and Richmond attorney Frank Atkinson. This is a broadly inclusive effort. To follow the second principle, Milton Adams, former Vice Provost for Academic Programs, has assumed a new role as Senior Vice Provost to oversee planning on a continuous basis. This demonstrates the need not only to develop a comprehensive plan now, but also to regularly review and update the plan as circumstances evolve over the months and years ahead.

I am chairing the steering committee that oversees the planning process, and we have formed seven Working Groups to address distinct themes within the broad effort. On this website, you can learn more about the steering committee and Working Groups, read planning documents and announcements, and follow the timeline that explains our work schedule.

I invite everyone in our University community to consider the issues we are facing and offer advice. Please send your general comments and ideas to strategicplanning@virginia.edu. If you have comments that are relevant to the issues being explored by a particular Working Group, you can use the email links on each Working Group page to contact them.

As we approach the bicentennial of the University’s founding in 1819, we have an obligation to plan prudently for the future. Our obligation extends back to the moment when Mr. Jefferson conceived a new kind of university to sustain democracy in the American Republic, and forward to the future generations of students who will learn here in UVa’s third century and beyond. Thank you for joining me in this great endeavor.

Teresa A. Sullivan
President