In honor of John T. Casteen

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Tree species:
Tilia americana
Common name:
American Linden
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John Casteen served as the 7th President of the University of Virginia from 1990 2010, the 2nd longest tenure of any president. He earned his B.A. (1965), M.A. (1966) and Ph.D. (1970) degrees in English from the University of Virginia and began his professional teaching career teaching English at the University of California, Berkeley, and later at the University of Virginia. From 1975 to 1982, he served as the Dean of Admissions at the University of Virginia, resigning to serve as Secretary of Education in the Cabinet of Virginia Governor Charles S. Robb from 1982 to 1985. From 1985 until 1990 he served as President of the University of Connecticut. As president of the University of Virginia, Casteen advocated increasing UVA's enrollment of women, minority and economically disadvantaged students. In 2003, he directed the creation of AccessUVA, the University's full-need financial aid program. Casteen also presided over substantial growth, both financial and physical, at the University of Virginia.


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