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Student Member of the BOV Newsletter

September 17, 2018
To: 
All Students
From: 
Brendan Nigro, Student Member of the Board of Visitors

My name is Brendan Nigro and I am the student representative to the Board of Visitors (BOV). The BOV is the highest governing body at the University, responsible for carrying out its long-term planning. The BOV approves tuition proposals for all schools, reviews design and building guidelines for new capital projects, and determines uses of the Strategic Investment Fund to further the mission of the University, among many other responsibilities.

I am responsible for presenting the array of student opinions on issues before the Board in an advisory, non-voting capacity. This means that I must speak for nearly 25,000 students, both undergraduate and graduate/professional, here in Charlottesville and at Wise. Over the course of the year, I hope to effectively relay student perspectives to the Board as well as communicate the decisions of the Board to students. I cannot do this without your help, so please come to my open hours, send me an email, or shoot me a Facebook message if you have ideas for the Board to consider!

Review of September Meeting

The Board had its quarterly meeting this past Wednesday, September 12. It was a truncated meeting (Board meetings are normally three days) out of an abundance of caution regarding Hurricane Florence. Some important outcomes for students include:

Building and Grounds Committee-

  • Alderman Library Schematic Design Approval- This major renovation of Alderman Library seeks to bring the library up to contemporary standards of safety, accessibility, usability, and service. Contingent upon significant funding from the state, the renovation will also add exciting features like enclosed patios in the light wells of the library and a public entrance on University Avenue.
  • Student Health and Wellness Center Schematic Design Approved- The new Student Health and Wellness Center will be a few feet down the road from its current site on Brandon Avenue. With nearly three times as much square footage as the current Student Health, the building would help to house more CAPS psychologists and better serve the needs of students.

Check out a preview of the new buildings! 

Academic and Student Life Committee-

  • Approved New Degree Programs- The Provost presented to the Board three new degree programs for the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences: A B.A. in Statistics (30-credit hour program similar to the current Interdisciplinary major), a B.S. in Statistics (45-credit hour program), and a Ph.D in Media, Culture, and Technology (72-credit hour program in the Media Studies department).

Open Hours

I will be available for open comment starting this week on every Wednesday 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Rosenblum Entrance Hall (Saunders Hall, Darden School) and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the PAC (Newcomb, first floor). If you are unable to make those times and would like to meet individually, feel free to email me at studentmember@virginia.edu.

The Board of Visitors in the News

$100 Million Fund Expands UVA’s Commitment to Student Scholarships- The Bicentennial Scholars Fund was renewed with an additional $100 million through the Strategic Investment Fund. This program is a matching fund for gifts to student scholarships (both merit and need-based) and the first $100 million commitment led to $212 million for scholarship endowments across the University!

President Ryan Details Key Priorities in First Board of Visitors Meeting- President Ryan outlined his key priorities for the first year of his Presidency to the Board. They include making the University "one of the best, if not the best, for first-generation students" and establishing strong ties with the local community.

NIGRO: A University in Transition- My op-ed about a moment of opportunity for students as the University transitions in its senior leadership.

About the Board of Visitors

The Board of Visitors is composed of 17 voting members appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, subject to confirmation by the General Assembly, for terms of four years. In addition, the Board of Visitors appoints, for a one-year term, a full-time student and faculty member at the University of Virginia as non-voting members of the Board of Visitors. The Rector and Visitors serve as the corporate board for the University of Virginia, and are responsible for the long-term planning of the University. The Board approves the policies and budget for the University, and is entrusted with the preservation of the University's many traditions, including the Honor System. The Board maintains offices in the Northwest Wing of the Rotunda and meets four times per year.

View the Board of Visitors manual
[Revised to reflect changes through September 15, 2017].

For a full list of Board members, click here.

Comments, questions, or concerns? Contact Brendan Nigro, the 2018-19 Student Member of the Board of Visitors