July 11, 2007
UVa has decided to let their chief fundraiser move into one of the prestigious homes on the campus lawn, normally reserved for scholars.
For nearly two centuries Pavilion homes, designed by Thomas Jefferson and built in 1824, have been reserved for academia. The Board of Visitors' executive committee approved a request by Robert Sweeney to move in to one of the homes.
Sweeney is the senior vice president for development and academic
affairs, and is responsible for overseeing the school's $3 billion capital campaign.
Some students who have won the honor of living around the lawn say that Sweeney has no interaction with students. Only one other non academic person lives on the lawn and it's Patricia Lampkin, vice president for student affairs.
Critics say that Lampkin's' occupancy is appropriate because of her interaction with the students. Mike Slavin, who use to live on the lawn, says that the move shows how important to the school fundraising really is.
Other residents of the Lawn's Pavilions include Professor Larry Sabato and Karen Van Lengen, dean of the School of Architecture.