professor Raymond J. Nelson, former dean of Arts & Sciences,
received U.Va's highest honor.
dean Raymond J. Nelson receives U.Va.'s Thomas Jefferson Award
Raymond J. Nelson, professor of English
and former dean of Arts and Sciences, received U.Va.'s highest
honor, the Thomas Jefferson Award, at Fall Convocation Oct. 22.
annually since 1955, the award honors a member of the University
community who exemplifies in character, work and influence the
principles and ideals of the University's founder.
"During Ray Nelson's tenure as dean of the College
and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, he became one of
the most effective deans in our history. He brought integrity
and good sense to the job. The departments under his leadership
experienced an unprecedented rise in stature," said U.Va.
President John T. Casteen III.
leadership during an era of financial austerity is credited with
helping keep Virginia among a select few top universities strongly
committed to both excellent undergraduate education and world-class
effectiveness came from a combination of factors -- a straightforward
and ethical management style, a keen ability to assess strengths
and weaknesses, and the enormous respect of his colleagues on
the faculty. Ray Nelson has set a high standard," Casteen
served as dean of Arts and Sciences from 1989 to 1997. A popular
American literature scholar, he holds the Arts and Sciences Professorship
in English. He joined the U.Va. faculty in 1969 after receiving
his doctorate from Stanford.
five years ago, Nelson began making photomicrographs -- photos
of magnified images of microscopic objects. A number of his works
have appeared in a calendar Nikon publishes of award-winning entries
from its annual contest, "A Small World," and were displayed
at the Art
Department's Fayerweather Gallery last year.