President John Casteen Receives Regional Leadership Award
Dec. 20, 1999 -- University of Virginia President
John T. Casteen III is the recipient of the first Distinguished
Leadership Award given by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the regional accrediting
commission for degree-granting institutions.
was presented the award earlier this month in Atlanta during the
associations annual meeting.
award recognizes "visionary leadership and outstanding involvement
in and support of the activities of the Commission on Colleges."
It is the highest public recognition given by the commission and
is reserved for "those exhibiting extraordinarily distinctive
and effective leadership," according to the commission.
were solicited from educators involved in the accreditation activities
of the commission, representing the 778 colleges and universities
that are member institutions.
served for six years as an elected member on the Commission on Colleges,
including three years as chair of the commission.
involvement in national affairs raised the stature of the commission.
Among other accomplishments, he recently helped found the national
Council on Higher Education Accreditation.
his variety of roles, he has proven to be a visionary leader and
diligent worker in the causes of higher education and accreditation,"
said James T. Rogers, executive director of the Commission on Colleges.
"During a time of particular challenge to the accrediting community,
his unflagging support encouraged the membership and his courageous
stands inspired us. He is a man of sound judgement, exemplary integrity,
and compelling insight. He has indeed left an indelible mark of
enhanced quality of the commission and its operations."
recently completed a term as president of the Southern Association
of Colleges and Schools and its board of trustees, and continues
to be involved in commission activities by chairing visiting committees
and serving as an informal consultant with commission staff.
Commission on Colleges is the higher education arm of the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools, a non-governmental, voluntary
agency, one of six regional accrediting organizations in the United
States. The associations membership consists of more than
12,000 accredited public and private institutions from university
level down to the pre-kindergarten level. Founded in 1895 and headquartered
in Decatur, Ga., the Southern Association works with schools and
colleges in 11 Southern states from Virginia through Texas, in Mexico,
the Caribbean, and in Central and South America.
is a non-governmental and voluntary process concerned with improving
educational quality and assuring the public that member institutions
meet established standards.
additional information James T. Rogers may be reached at (404) 679-4501,
Bob Brickhouse, (804) 924-6856