Strategic Planning


Develop 3 to 5 priorities to enhance private support (not the specific items to propose for funding, but the process to connect planning priorities to private support), understand our financial constraints, and determine if our facilities match our educational, service and research needs.  This working group will not discuss or consider tuition, state appropriations, or future faculty staffing, all covered by other working groups.  Similarly, we will not focus on distance learning concepts.  We will be considering ways to engage our younger alumni in closer connection to, and support for, the University.

Emergent Ideas of the Resources Working Group

Email the Resources working group or add a comment below.

David Breneman Chair
Steve Sherman Working Group Staff Lead
Hallie Clark Undergraduate Student, Arts & Sciences
Eugenia Delgadillo Alumna, Economics, Darden
Allen Groves Assoc. Dean of Students
Kathryn Jarvis Working Group Staff Member
Mike Lenox Darden, Batten Institute
J. Brady Lum Alumnus, College
Paul Manning UVa Health Foundation Board of Trustees
Nola Miller Asst. Dean for Alumni Development
Christina Morell Assoc. VP for Student Affairs
Brian Maxwell Murphy Undergraduate Student, Engineering
Gary Nimax Working Group Staff Member
Mildred Robinson     School of Law
Kim Tanzer Dean, School of Architecture



Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

I think the workgroup should look into the viability of SCPS as a school at UVA. The school has an unreasonably large administration for few courses. The school operates centers around the state, but functions more like a middleman than an actual school. Someone should look very closely into their budget, because there is no way that their revenue comes close to their expenses.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Though intended to be constructive, I prefer to submit these comments anonymously for my protection. I’m also not sure which working group to submit them to, so ask for your assistance in delivering them to the right place.

Mounting evidence indicates that the high-level officials who run UVA are not objective (this includes those are reading this comment and deciding whether to share it more broadly with the broader UVA community). The officials themselves have a stake in the outcomes of any planning. For example,

…apart from a few examples, “shared sacrifice has not been practiced by the presidents of our colleges and universities.” Inflation-adjusted median salaries for presidents continued to rise even as median faculty salaries decreased in all but one category. 

I would like to see the concept of shared sacrifice figure more prominently in the strategic plan for UVA’s future. Ideally, sacrifice is modeled from the top down by those who have the most resources. Sacrifice demonstrates that the greater good is more important than an individual’s gain. It allows us to live by the notion that “you don’t always get what you want, but you get what you need.” The financial problems from which this country and our beloved UVA suffer from seem to originate at least in part from confusion between what we want versus what we need.

I strongly support and admire President Sullivan so this is not meant as a personal attack. It’s meant as an example of the conflict of interest that seems inevitably to overtake large organizations such as universities and governments.

Every bureaucracy is run by individual human beings whose power puts them in the position to make choices about where the money goes. I’d like to see the leaders at the top – presidents, deans, and the top 5% of earners in each department – provide the community an assessment of their individual salaries. I would ask the leaders to write a letter to families that justifies their salary, and in turn the costs of higher education at UVA. This seems especially important when families can expect most of their children’s courses to be taught by adjunct faculty, who are usually younger, and more likely to be female or a member of a historically disadvantaged minority group, compared to the top earners in the department.

Parents and stakeholders in higher education need to know what they are paying for and also deserve reassurance that the University does not plan to depend on future students to go into debt so that UVA leaders can keep the raises they have come to expect. I’m particularly concerned with the “Resources” working group, which seems in so many words to imply that UVA’s most recent graduates are somehow the best people to tap for financial support. These are young people in debt and so the leadership’s position to try to bleed them for more funds seems, with apologies for the frank language, unsustainable and myopic. A recent article in the Economist is only one of the many news articles that documents the rise in the cost of higher ed, which has been far outpaced by its value.

UVA leaders could make headlines by coming together to renegotiate top-earners’ salaries – downward. Some of those leaders would undoubtedly leave for higher pay at other places. But they evidently weren’t here for the intellectual work and community in the first place. We have the opportunity to make a strong statement to the community that says, “We’re not here for the money. We’re here to teach your children.”

Money talks. So does turning it down, or making an honest attempt to redistribute it more equitably. I believe it would be extraordinarily meaningful if UVA’s leaders were to sacrifice rather than continuing to pass the debt around to society’s youngest and most vulnerable.

Submitted by Frank Dukes (not verified) on

Members of the Resources Working Group


The University & Community Action for Racial Equity (UCARE) is pleased to be able to respond to the call by President Sullivan to “consider the issues we are facing and offer advice.”

The Resources working group certainly has a challenging task! As you think about your charge,  we urge you to consider the impact of resources on issues of race and equity. We are deeply concerned at the ease by which efforts to address past and ongoing inequities can become marginalized. This marginalization is made easier when “insufficient resources” may be substituted for “we don’t want to do this.”

The University of Virginia has an abysmal racial past that has made openly confronting race an essential issue. As documented in the UCARE May 2012 Report and Call for Reflection and Action, UVa has made many strides. But that same Report details the harms that continue to be played out along racial lines in issues of recruitment and retention of students and faculty, in salary and equity conditions for the staff and in many other facets of University life, including relations with surrounding neighborhoods as well as the community-at-large.

We note that your charge includes “ways to engage our younger alumni in closer connection to, and support for, the University.” The younger alumni are attuned to issues of race and equity both as part of UVa’s history and as a significant element in current University life. We think that if framed as both need and opportunity, efforts to understand and memorialize past issues and to address current racial issues may provide the basis for growing kinds of support.

We are attaching a copy of the UCARE Report. We invite each member of the Resources group to review its contents. We especially invite you to look carefully at the ideas for actions, many of which would likely interest that younger group of alumni who have engaged issues of equity within the University and Charlottesville communities. We must address our resource issues in ways that are respectful and equitable to those within the internal and external communities that serve this University.

We would be most pleased to speak with the Resources working group or individual members to explore common ground and to answer any questions.


Respectfully yours,

Frank Dukes, Ph.D.

Submitted by Raul Baragiola (not verified) on

It is a shame that someone had to write anonymously to be 'protected'

The idea presented is very good. Why do Deans, VPs, etc. have to make so much higher salaries than faculty? They get already a plus by having a title they can use to impress their relatives. UVa will gain a lot of crediility by topping the salaries of Deans and VPs at 220 K$. Is there anyone in Madison Hall who dares to support this view publicly?

Many years ago when interviewing at Princeton I showed surprise at the low salaries and was told that the prestige of working at Princeton was far more important. I thought they were right but of course it was not sufficient to pay for the education of my three children.

The common method to determine salaries here is to see what others do. It is called 'best practice' and it is wrong-headed. We should not be paying lawyers more than historians because of what is done by other universities that we judge to be in our same league. If someone wants to leave here and go to Vanderbiilt or NC because they pay more let them do it.  You do not want to hire someone who would prefer to come here rather than Berkeley just because of the salary. So, let's have a more uniform paying scale across UVa and attract people for other reasons. We could open up the pool of potential professors by looking for excellent European faculty, as Jefferson did or, in our time, excellent facluty from anywhere in the world.


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