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University of Virginia President John T. Casteen III will be the speaker at Old Dominion University's 105th commencement at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17 at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. Approximately 1,700 students will be eligible to graduate.

UVa's president since 1990, Casteen previously served as president of the University of Connecticut (1985-90) and Virginia's secretary of education (1982-85).

At UVa, Casteen has overseen a major restructuring of the administrative and governance structures, one of the largest capital fund campaigns ever undertaken, significant improvements in academic programs and major expansions of the institution's physical facilities.

During his presidency, UVa 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 at the beginning of the decade.

Casteen, who also holds the title of George M. Kaufman Presidential Professor, has been a director of the American Council on Education and a director of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

A Portsmouth native, he holds three degrees in English from UVa.

This article was posted on: November 28, 2006

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