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SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 57

(By Senators Prezioso, Stollings, Cann, Yost, Snyder, McCabe, Carmichael, Fitzsimmons, Beach, Williams, D. Hall, Jenkins, Wells and Unger)

 

Recognizing William Gaston Caperton III, the thirty-first Governor of West Virginia, for his service and contributions to the youth of West Virginia.

    Whereas, William Gaston Caperton III was born February 21, 1940, in Charleston, West Virginia; and

    Whereas, William Gaston Caperton III graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and then returned to Charleston to manage his family owned insurance firm; and

    Whereas, William Gaston Caperton III later became the principal owner of the insurance firm, turning it into one of the largest privately owned insurance brokerage firms in the country; and

    Whereas, William Gaston Caperton III was elected the thirty-first Governor of West Virginia in November 1988, and served as Governor of West Virginia from 1989 through 1997; and

    Whereas, During his service as Governor, William Gaston Caperton III distinguished himself as a model of fiscal responsibility and an innovator of education reform, resulting in his being named the Chair of the Democratic Governors Association; and

    Whereas, During his term as Governor, William Gaston Caperton III was instrumental in championing causes and programs of the Ohio-West Virginia Youth Leadership Association; and

    Whereas, These achievements include continued and increased funding of the Governor’s Youth Opportunity Camp at Camp Horseshoe for low-income 7 to 12 year-old West Virginia boys and girls, enabling at-risk children to turn their lives to achievement in school, career, healthier living and citizenship; and

    Whereas, As Governor, William Gaston Caperton III was instrumental in obtaining a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to extend youth leadership programming into more West Virginia schools and communities; and

    Whereas, William Gaston Caperton III led the creation of the Institute for IDEAS at Camp Horshoe as a residential alternative school for talented West Virginia eighth and ninth graders who were failing in school and often life, motivating and preparing more than eighty-five percent of the students to return home to succeed in school and life; and

    Whereas, William Gaston Caperton III was an integral partner in the Youth in Government Model Legislature program, which provides students with live hands-on experience in the workings of state government; and

    Whereas, After completing two terms as Governor, William Gaston Caperton III taught at Harvard University, and was a founder of the Institute on Education and Government at Columbia University; and

    Whereas, In 1999, William Gaston Caperton III became President of the College Board, which administers the SAT and AP tests; and

    Whereas, William Gaston Caperton III left the College Board in 2012 in order to return to Charleston; and

    Whereas, William Gaston Caperton III’s contributions to the youth of West Virginia have been known to generations and will be felt by generations to follow; and

    Whereas, William Gaston Caperton III’s accomplishments are being recognized on April 5, 2013, as the tenth recipient of the Lewis N. McManus Spirit of the Mountains Award, an impressive designation previously received by Jessica Lynch, Cecil Underwood, John D. Rockefeller IV, Bill Raney, Gayle Manchin and James H. “Buck” Harless, among others; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Senate:

    That the Senate hereby recognizes William Gaston Caperton III, the thirty-first Governor of West Virginia, for his service and contributions to the youth of West Virginia; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Senate expresses its congratulations to William Gaston Caperton III for being selected as the tenth recipient of the Lewis N. McManus Spirit of the Mountains Award; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to William Gaston Caperton III and the Youth Leadership Association.

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