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UVA President Casteen to deliver graduation speech


HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Oct. 27, 2009) – University of Virginia President John T. Casteen III will serve as commencement speaker for Tidewater Community College’s 49th graduation exercises on Friday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Ted Constant Convocation Center, Norfolk. More than 1,500 students are candidates for associate degrees, certificates or diplomas.

Mr. Casteen has served as president of the University of Virginia since August 1990 and is also the George M. Kaufman Presidential Professor and Professor of English. As president, he has overseen a major restructuring of the University’s administrative and governance structures, significant improvements in academic programs, and major expansions of the University’s physical facilities. In this period, the University has been recognized for its leadership in educating minority students, for the quality of its undergraduate teaching, and for its success in refinancing itself following historic reductions in state tax support.

After teaching English at the University of California (Berkeley) and U.Va., where he was dean of admission from 1975 to 1982, Casteen became Virginia’s secretary of education in 1982 and served until 1985. From 1985 to 1990, he was president of the University of Connecticut.

President Casteen has been a director of the American Council on Education, a director of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, trustee and chair of the College Entrance Examination Board, commissioner of the Education Commission of the States, member of the Board of Control for the Southern Regional Education Board, commissioner of the New England Board of Higher Education, and chair of the Association of Governing Board’s council of presidents. 

In 1997, Casteen completed a term as chair of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) as well as a term as president of SACS. In 2000-2002, he chaired the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. He also served a term as chair of the Association of American Universities (AAU). Casteen is currently a member of AAU’s Institutional Data Committee.

Casteen is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and member and chair of the Jefferson Science Associates LLC. He serves as chair of Universitas 21, and is a member of the Board of Directors of U21 Global Pte Ltd. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of SAGE Publications Inc. and of the Virginia University Research Partnership Board.

Mr. Casteen writes short fiction as well as essays and papers in medieval literature, bibliography, and public policy. A collection of his short stories received the 1987 Mishima Award for fiction.

President Casteen holds three degrees in English from U.Va. (B.A. , M.A and Ph.D.). Born and raised in Portsmouth, Va., he is married to Betsy Foote Casteen. They have five children.


Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - will serve a projected 47,000 students in 2009-10. The 15th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling & simulation, network security, nursing, and automotive technology. Among the fastest-growing two-year institutions in the United States, TCC was founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System. The college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth, the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake, and the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit