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College Board President to Speak at Fall Convocation

Gafton Caperton
Gaston Caperton will speak at Fall Convocation Saturday, October 21.

October 12, 2000
Contact: Bill Giduz 704/894-2244 or bigiduz@davidson.edu

By Emily Drew '04

College Board president and former West Virginia governor, Gaston Caperton will speak at Davidson College's Fall Convocation ceremony on Saturday, October 21. This free public event begins at 10:30 a.m. in Love Auditorium of Chambers Building.

Caperton is best known for his advancements of education through the use of technology. As the eighth president of the College Board, Caperton has launched www.collegeboard.com, an Internet subsidiary that will provide online resources for parents and students conducting a college search. Caperton has also reconstructed organization of the College Board, strengthened core programs, and expanded membership. As a non-profit organization geared toward helping students transition from high school to college, the Board runs the SAT and the Advanced Placement programs.

While serving two terms as the governor of West Virginia from 1988-1996, Caperton focused on improvements in the state's public education system. He brought computers to schools and built programs benefiting two-thirds of West Virginia's students. His programs secured investments of $800 million for 58 new schools and renovations for another 780. During his term, teachers' salaries were raised, and more that 19,000 educators were trained.

His leadership in West Virginia earned Caperton the Computerworld Smithsonian Award in 1996. The sponsors acclaimed Caperton as a man who "fundamentally changed the education system in America" by using technological innovations.

After his successful terms as Governor, Caperton taught at Harvard University as a fellow in the John F. Kennedy Institute of Politics. He then attained tenure at Columbia University where he founded, ran, and taught at the Institute on Education and Government.

Caperton chaired the Democratic Governors' Association in 1996, served on the National Governors' Association Executive Committee, and was a member of the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee on U.S. Trade. He has also chaired the Appalachian Regional commission, the Southern Regional Education Board, and the Southern Growth Policy Board.

After graduating from the University of North Carolina, Caperton began his career in a small insurance agency in West Virginia. He has since received several state and national awards and recognition including six honorary doctoral degrees.

For more information on his upcoming public address, call 894-2202.

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