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Aaron Jennings, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2005, is profiled in the new edition of the University of Virginia publication Arts and Sciences Online.
The article also discussed the impact of the Sorensen Institute's College Leaders Program, a nationally unique program working in the Jeffersonian tradition to prepare young people for a career in government and politics.
President George Bush announced yesterday in a statement released by the White House that he intends to appoint Sean Connaughton, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of Fall 1995, to be Administrator of the Maritime Administration at the Department of Transportation. Sean currently works as Of Counsel for Troutman Sanders LLP and serves as Chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors.
Name: Shawn Utt
Born: I was born and grew up in Galax, Virginia.
Current digs: I live in Pulaski County and work in the City of Radford.
Occupation: City Planner
Favorite part about the job? Local politics and all that entails.
First job ever? My first job was as a grocery clerk at Old Town Market in Galax. I worked there for seven years, through high school and college.
Favorite book? Anything with suspense
Favorite movie? Anything with Morgan Freeman or Samuel Jackson
Must See TV? Not really into TV. Jeopardy is my favorite, if I had to choose.
Comfort food? Home-grown vegetables and Grandma Utt's chicken and
What's in your car CD player right now? Green Day's American Idiot
Next journey? I plan on venturing cross-country this summer, just go until the time runs out.
One thing people might be surprised to learn about you? I have an identical twin, Brian.
Last gift you received? XM Radio from my wife
Best advice you ever got? Always smile and be positive and good things will happen (Grandpa Ballard).
Whom do you admire and why? My mother, because she raised three rambunctious boys on a factory worker's salary and never complained. We always had clothes on our back and food on the table. She supported us enough to ensure we all went to college and had successful careers so we wouldn't
have to go through what she did. I love you Mom!
If you could have dinner with any one currently living, whom would it be and why? Mark Warner, not because of politics but because of his successes. I really respect him for what he has accomplished.
Ambition, political or otherwise? Politics will come later in life. Right now, I'd prefer to stay behind the scenes. My current goal is to work up the ladder in municipal management.
Describe a perfect day. A perfect day is when I can turn on the radio or television and not see the carnage and violence associated with war, ie, world peace.
In a statement released today, Governor Tim Kaine reappointed Sorensen alumnus and regional board member Alex Toxopeus to the State Board of Community Colleges. Toxopeus is a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 1997 as well as Chair of the Winchester Regional Board. Toxopeus currently serves as Vice Chair of the State Board of Community Colleges.
Governor Kaine also reappointed the Honorable Ross A. Mugler of Hampton, the Vice Chair of Sorensen's Hampton Roads Regional Board, to another term on the Board of Visitors for Old Dominion University. Mugler is Commissioner of the Revenue for the City of Hampton and President of the Hampton Roads Commissioners of the Revenue Association. He also serves on the Thomas Nelson Community College Education Foundation.
College Leaders Program Class of 2006
The College Leaders Program Class of 2006 celebrated its graduation on Saturday afternoon, June 24. The festive event was held in the Dome Room at the UVA Rotunda.
Click here to listen to a podcast of the CLP 2006 graduation.
The audio includes: opening comments from Executive Director Sean O'Brien; remarks by Professor Tom Shields; an address by class member Andrew Almand; Director of Youth Program Marc Johnson's presentation of the 2006 CLP Spirit of Citizenship Award to class member Brian Coy; and comments from the graduation speaker for 2006, Secretary of Administration for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Viola Baskerville. (The audio lasts just under 24 minutes).
Prior to the 2006 graduation, on Friday June 23, class members presented the results of their culminating projects to a gathering of elected officials. Bob Gibson of the Charlottesville Daily Progress was there, and shares this account.
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