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Founder's Day

Founders Day | Tree Planting

"Too old to plant trees for my own gratification, I shall do it for my posterity."
-Thomas Jefferson

In 1970, the University instituted an annual tradition of planting a tree to honor an individual who has made significant and lasting contributions to the design, planning, and maintenance of the Grounds. Planted at a public ceremony presided over by the University President on Founder's Day, the tree is to serve as a living memorial celebrating the individual's legacy.

The task of selecting the Founder's Day tree honoree, tree species and location is given to the Arboretum and Landscape Committee, who forwards this recommendation to the President Sullivan. The honoree of this year's tree planting is Jeff Sitler, Environmental Programs Manager for UVA's Facilities Management department. 

Jeff has worked at the University for more than 20 years and has led innovative changes in UVA's stormwater management practices. He has also worked to educate students and tour groups about green infrastructure and water quality issues that impact our immediate landscape as well as the larger Chesapeake Bay drainage area.

The tree planting ceremony will take place on Friday, April 13 at 10:30 a.m. A sycamore tree will be planted in honor of Jeff in the area to the west of the Dell tennis courts.

This ceremony is open to the public.

For the complete list of officially designated memorial trees on Grounds, please click here.