OUR PURPOSE

Recognizing the challenges of 21st century governance, our mission is to deliver public impact research and multi-sector leadership development to build the capacity of Virginia’s communities, organizations, and institutions to serve the Commonwealth. Our vision is good governance, equity, and resilience in every Virginia community.

REIMAGINING PUBLIC SERVICE

OUR 2020-2025 STRATEGIC PLAN

Through this five-year plan, the Weldon Cooper Center aims to build on our historical strengths, while joining forces with the increasingly diverse group of stakeholders and leaders working diligently to improve public life in Virginia and beyond.

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HISTORY

Tracing its history back as far as 1931, today’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service weaves together several threads of services provided over the past eighty years, under the names of various bureaus and institutes, to local and state government officials and citizens of the Commonwealth. These threads came together in 1987 as the University of Virginia’s Center for Public Service, which was later named in 1994 after Weldon Cooper.

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