In 2001, businessman and philanthropist John W. Kluge made a gift of historic Morven Farm to the University of Virginia for academic purposes and educational use. Located in southeastern Albemarle County near Monticello and Ash Lawn-Highland, Morven is situated in a remarkable neighborhood with a history of experimentation and innovation.
Overseen by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, Morven Programs focuses on teaching, research, and outreach, reflecting the University of Virginia’s strategic priorities for global education, science and technology, and enhancement of the student experience. Initiatives include the Presidential Precinct, Morven Summer Institute, and Morven Kitchen Garden.
Morven Programs played a major role in the Young African Leaders Initiative this past summer. Five hundred emerging leaders from Africa--selected by the US Department of State out of 50,000 applicants--participated in the six week program at 20 select institutions around the country. The Presidential Precinct was selected as a host - a collaboration between the University of Virginia, Morven Farm, William and Mary, Monticello, Montpelier, and Ash-Lawn Highland. The program will be held every summer with new fellows for the next five years (Photo credit to the Presidential Precinct).