The University of Virginia Oral History Project

Shortly after moving to Virginia, I contracted with the History Associates, a historical research company, to conduct interviews with four recently retired administrators at the University of Virginia. The project originated from the university and was funded by the university. During the course of the academic year of 2011-2012 I interviewed former president John Casteen, former executive vice president and chief operating officer Leonard Sandridge, former special assistant to the president Gordon Burris, and former secretary to the Board of Visitors and university protocol and history officer Alexander G. “Sandy” Gilliam Jr. The edited, approved interviews are available at the University of Virginia’s Library and online. Click on the names below:












It was quite an experience to interview these four powerhouse gentlemen. Read an article about the project here.

(Sandridge photo by Luca Dicecco, others courtesy University of Virginia.)