Through this weekend, 100% of the profits from the tie, which is made from 2-ply Egyptian cotton and retails for $85, will be donated to The University of Virginia President's Fund For Excellence.
According to UVAâ€™s Web Site, the Presidentâ€™s Fund for Excellence â€śis an unrestricted, discretionary resourceâ€ť that â€śgives the Universityâ€™s president the capacity to launch special initiatives, to meet pressing needs as they arise, and to capitalize on emerging opportunities to strengthen academic and student-life programs.â€ť
When GofG asked why the tie wasnâ€™t in UVAâ€™s traditional orange and navy, Colin replied, "We wanted a tie that was a bit different than every UVA tie out there. We think this one is special, distinguished and elegant, which we found fitting" of President Sullivan.
The UVA drama over Sullivanâ€™s ouster was a PR disaster for the Universityâ€™s Board of Visitors, and opposition to the initial decision to remove President Sullivan rallied the Universityâ€™s students, alumni, and professors to urge the Boardâ€™s reconsideration. The incident even prompted Bob McDonnnell, Governor of Virginia [and father of twin sons who are athletes at UVA and brothers at the St. Elmo Hall fraternity], to threaten to replace the entire board if the situation was not resolved this week.
The Board unanimously voted to reinstate Sullivan.
Look for a few of these smart new ties from Alton Lane around grounds soon.
Thursday, June 20
We sat down with Anne Pasternak for a few questions about Creative Time's past and future, as well as the importance of having an awareness about public art in the city.