Dear Jefferson Council members and friends,
The Jefferson Council Board and I wish you a very happy Independence Day.
We alumni of the University of Virginia share a very unique academic heritage as the only university established by one of America’s Founding Fathers. I am especially appreciative on this day, the 247th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, marking the creation of our nation. With your support, the Jefferson Council will ensure UVA returns to the founding principles Thomas Jefferson envisioned for our university, focused on our four founding pillars:
- Promote an academic environment based on open dialogue throughout the University.
- Preserve the Jefferson Legacy.
- Preserve the appearance of the Lawn as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and
- Support and reinvigorate the Honor System.
God bless America, and God bless Mr. Jefferson.
Thomas M. Neale
University of Virginia Class of 1974
President and Co-Founder
The Jefferson Council for the University of Virginia