President Cited For Leadership In Encouraging Character Development
Nov. 9, 1999 -- University of Virginia President
John T. Casteen III is among 50 college and university presidents
recognized for their outstanding leadership in student character
development in "The Templeton Guide: Colleges that Encourage
Character Development," published last month.
for students, parents and educators, "The Templeton Guide"
names 100 colleges and universities to its honor roll of programs
that inspire students to lead ethical and civic-minded lives. It
also contains profiles of 405 exemplary college programs and recognizes
50 college presidents for their leadership. U.Va. is one of the
institutions named to the Templeton Honor Roll.
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 capital campaign 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 programs.
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
guide profiles exemplary programs in 10 categories, such as those
promoting academic honesty, student leadership, spiritual growth
and civic education. The 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
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
Casteens 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 Casteens 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
information on the foundation and guide can be obtained from the
web site, www.collegeandcharacter.org.
Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857