cites U.Va., Casteen for leadership and character development
By Ida Lee Wootten
John T. Casteen III is among 50 college and university presidents
recognized for outstanding leadership in student character development
in The Templeton
Guide: Colleges that Encourage Character Development, published
for students, parents and educators, The Templeton Guide also
named U.Va. to its honor roll of 100 colleges and universities
whose programs inspire students to lead ethical and civic-minded
In naming Casteen to its list of leaders, the guide cites his
commitment to the intellectual and moral development of students.
It also cites his leadership in the $1 billion Campaign for the
University and in the Virginia
2020 Initiative, a planning process that will enhance U.Va.'s
efforts in science and technology, fine and performing arts, public
service and outreach, and international activities.
truth, this honor belongs to the entire University, and to the
families whose daughters and sons are our students," said
Casteen. "Working together with students, helping them develop
strong values, demonstrating that personal ethics and public actions
grow from the same sources -- this is important work for us all.
It holds this place together as a community. We teach one another,
and we learn from one another, and many of the most important
lessons are lessons in personal and civic responsibility."
guide profiles 405 exemplary programs in 10 categories, such as
those promoting academic honesty, student leadership, spiritual
growth and civic education.
publication recognizes U.Va. in three of those categories: academic
honesty, volunteer service and first-year programs. It cites U.Va.'s
Honor System and the SERVE and Madison House programs that promote
student volunteerism. In the first-year program category, the
publication recognizes the Office
of African-American Affairs' Peer Advisor Program for its
work with entering African-American students. The publication
notes other efforts at U.Va. that enhance character development.
It cites the University Internship Program, which offers academic
credit to students who engage in civic and community service,
and notes that U.Va.'s substance-abuse program promotes responsible
Casteen's and U.Va.'s strong commitment to character development
are a model for colleges and universities nationwide," said
Arthur J. Schwartz, director of character development programs
at the John Templeton Foundation. "With the guide, we hope
to help prospective college students and their parents who want
to know what colleges are doing to promote the core values of
honesty, self-control, respect and service to those less fortunate.
The guide identifies colleges that encourage students to understand
the importance of personal and civic responsibility. President
Casteen's and U.Va.'s work in this area are most impressive."
highlighted in the guide were chosen through a process that considered
several factors, such as longevity, clarity of vision, institutional
resources and impact on students, faculty and the community.
in 1987, the John Templeton Foundation supports more than 100
programs with three broad goals: encouraging character development
in schools and colleges, promoting an appreciation of the benefits
of freedom and stimulating research on the relationship between
spirituality and health.
information on the foundation and guide can be obtained from the
web site, www.collegeandcharacter.org.