Charles Case, former dean of the Neag School of Education, died April 30 in St. Pete Beach, Fla. He was 67.
Case, who was dean from 1988 to 1996, retired in 2003. He and his wife Kay, also a former faculty member, moved to Florida in 2004.
"Charles Case was the architect of our nationally recognized teacher education program," says Richard Schwab, dean of the School of Education.
"He led this reform effort in partnership with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and as a result of his vision, the program has become one of the top in the country."
In recognition of his vision and accomplishments, the Neag School has established a scholarship in his name that will be given to a distinguished teacher education student who wants to teach in an urban environment, says Schwab.
Case, who also served as dean of University of Iowa School of Education, spent his career working to improve education.
He believed in setting high standards for teacher preparation, treating teachers as professionals, and raising their pay.
He is credited with implementing the five-year Integrated Bachelor's/Master's teacher education program requiring students to spend a significant amount of time in professional development centers - public schools partnered with the Neag School.
Donations in Case's memory may be made to the Neag School Dean's Fund.
Checks should be payable to the University of Connecticut Foundation Inc., with a memo note "Dean's Fund 20525, and sent to the UConn Foundation, 2390 Alumni Drive, Unit 3206, Storrs, CT 06269.