Academic Affairs

Our Mission

The Department of Athletics is an integral part of the University of Virginia’s commitment to educational excellence. Its mission is to enhance and support the intellectual purpose of the University and its exemplary academic standards and traditions.

Critical to the Department’s mission are high academic achievement; nationally competitive and successful teams; comprehensive integration of student athletes within the University and local communities; a strict adherence to NCAA, ACC, and University rules and regulations; fiscal integrity, which is embodied through the generation and efficient use of resources; the attraction and retention of the highest quality student athletes and staff which includes equitable opportunities for women and minorities.

The Department of Athletics pursues its mission by uniting the varied constituencies of the University community through its intercollegiate and intramural programs. These programs are designed to build support for and add value to the academic purposes of the institution while developing students with strong values of leadership, sportsmanship, equity, citizenship, physical fitness, teamwork, and a commitment to excellence.

The operating principles of the Athletics Department require that in pursuing its mission, the Department will consistently provide exemplary service to all of its internal and external constituencies.


Vision Statement

Develop and empower all University of Virginia student-athletes to become independent lifelong learners and productive citizens by providing comprehensive and collaborative academic support services.

Virginia Academic Affairs

Contact Information:
Virginia Academic Affairs
John Paul Jones Arena
P.O. Box 400838
Charlottesville, VA 22904
Main Office: 434-982-5332
Fax: 434-243-3576

Name Title Phone Email Address
Heather Downs Executive Director of Student Development/Associate Athletics Director 434-982-5332 hld8m@virginia.edu
Shelly Lovelace Director of Learning Services 434-243-3597 srp6b@virginia.edu
Chase Gibson Assistant Director for Learning Services 434-243-5246 wcg4b@virginia.edu
Adam Brooks Director of Academics 434-243-1061 abrooks@virginia.edu
Dashan Axson-Lawrence Academic Coordinator 434-243-5149 da5kd@virginia.edu
Peyton Baldwin Academic Coordinator 434-243-1059 peb7fa@virginia.edu
Destiny Coleman Academic Coordinator 434-982-5056 pmb2sh@virginia.edu
Jazlyn Eddings Academic Coordinator 434-982-4941 je9xj@virginia.edu
Jackie Grant Academic Coordinator 434-982-6980 jdg3bf@virginia.edu
Gianpaolo Licata Academic Coordinator 434-243-1060 yvq4ez@virginia.edu
Glenda Dowdy Academic Coordinator 434-982-5331 sjt7tw@virginia.edu
Kelly North Learning Specialist 434-982-5330 kn2jj@virginia.edu
Amanda Bishop Learning Specialist 434-243-7537 ahb9d@virginia.edu
Eva Blau Career Readiness Coordinator 434-243-3596 esb9yc@virginia.edu
Heidi VandeHoef Career Readiness Coordinator 434-243-5968 hrv3d@virginia.edu
Ellen Cook Director of Community Engagement 804-339-6953 ecc5qn@virginia.edu