I was planning on sharing the 2012-2013 essay questions on the blog yesterday, but I think I'll save that for later in the week. Inevitably, some of you have been following recent events on Grounds and I thought I'd share a letter that the Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer sent out to parents about what is happening.
Our students, your daughters and sons, are the focus of our work in Student Affairs. For weeks now, just as we were saying goodbye to the Class of 2012, we have been preparing for the new academic year. We are looking forward, as always, to welcoming the initial group of new students to our Grounds for the first Orientation session, beginning July 5.
Many of you have been following news reports about the University of Virginia over the past 10 days. Early this morning, the Board of Visitors announced that Carl Zeithaml, a longtime colleague of mine who serves as Dean of the McIntire School of Commerce, will become interim president on August 16. This follows the announcement last week that President Teresa Sullivan would step down from her position on August 15.
This unexpected change of leadership does not alter in any way our commitment to you and to your daughters and sons. Our work remains focused on our students and on ensuring the best possible student experience for each and every one of them. I truly believe the U.Va. experience – built not only on a strong academic foundation but also on such lasting values as honor and integrity, self-responsibility, and service – meets an ideal that cannot be found elsewhere.
This summer, a number of student leaders already were here on the Grounds to prepare for a new academic year. I have been working alongside them as they have witnessed unfolding events. I admire their maturity and insight as well as the leadership they are showing to their respective organizations and to the University as a whole. They will be a positive force within the community when the new school year begins.
As we move forward during this challenging time, I hope you will stay in touch with any questions or concerns. The U.Va. Alumni Association has set up two avenues for sharing your thoughts. One website, which summarizes recent statements, offers the option for you to post public comments.
Another website is collecting confidential comments, which will be forwarded to the University’s Board of Visitors (if you choose to use this option, please enter your daughter or son’s graduation year and school of study on the form).
Along with all of my colleagues in Student Affairs, I remain grateful for your support and look forward to serving you and your daughters and sons in the future.
Patricia M. Lampkin
Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer