After 20 Years, a New General Counsel for UVA

Roscoe C. Roberts, UVA's general counsel

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (Col ’83, Grad ’87) has appointed Roscoe C. Roberts, an experienced attorney with years of service in the public sector, as UVA’s general counsel. Roberts, who has served as legal counsel for Virginia State University since 2003, joined UVA in October. He succeeds Paul Forch (Col ’70), who retired as general counsel in August after 20 years at the University.

A 1978 graduate of the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary, Roberts was named assistant attorney general for the Commonwealth in 1981, serving as legal counsel to various Virginia institutions of higher education and later worked in the health services section of the Office of the Attorney General.

UVA Provost to Lead Lehigh

John Simon, UVA's executive vice president and provost Dan Addison/University Communications

After the conclusion of the spring semester, University of Virginia Executive Vice President and Provost John D. Simon will become Lehigh University’s next president. UVA’s chief academic officer since 2011, Simon is responsible for the academic administration of each of UVA’s 11 schools, as well as its library system, art museums, public service activities and foreign study programs. In all, Simon oversees the academic activities of 2,200 instructional and research faculty, 14,500 undergraduate students and 6,500 graduate students, and manages a budget of $1.4 billion.

Rankings Roundup

  • In U.S. News & World Report’s latest college rankings, UVA retained its spot as the nation’s No. 2 public university (behind Cal Berkley), and tied with UCLA for No. 23 overall.
  • The Economist named the Darden School of Business the No 3. business school in the world and, for the fourth straight year, the No. 1 school for educational experience.
  • According to the Princeton Review rankings, the UVA School of Law is No. 1 for Best Quality of Life and is No. 3 for both Best Classroom Experience and Best Professors.

On the Money

Based on analysis of the investment professionals who submit stock picks on the financial website SumZero, UVA produces the best investors. SumZero tagged Virginia alumni as No. 1 based on the average annualized return of stock picks on the site.