The William B. Castetter Circle

To become a member, please contact:

Robert Vosburgh, JD
(800) 223-8236
(215) 898-6171
vosburgh@upenn.edu

GSE is proud to recognize those individuals who have remembered Penn GSE in their estate plans through membership in the William B. Castetter Circle.

Members are listed online and in print materials and are invited to special events throughout the year.

Named for longtime faculty member and former GSE Dean William Castetter, GR48, the Castetter Circle recognizes the generosity and foresight of our alumni and friends who have included the Graduate School of Education in their estate plans. Known to all as Bill, Dr. Castetter was a vital part of GSE in his lifetime and left a generous bequest that provides fellowships for students today.

Dr. Castetter served in World War II with honors, then was a high school principal in New Mexico and professor and dean of men at Lebanon Valley College before joining the faculty of the Penn Graduate School of Education, where he taught for nearly 40 years. At GSE, Dr. Castetter pioneered innovative programs for school administrators, published extensively, and had a profound impact on his many students.

Dr. Castetter served two stints as acting dean, from 1968 to 69 and 1974 to 75, ably steering the School through a tumultuous era. GSE was facing serious financial difficulties at the time, and Dr. Castetter’s leadership restored confidence in the School and paved the way for GSE’s intellectual prestige and top ranking today.

More than three decades after he successfully led Penn GSE, in 2004 Dr. Castetter named the School as a beneficiary of his estate, establishing the William B. and Roberta Castetter Endowed Fellowship to support students unable to afford the cost of a Penn GSE education.

He said at the time,

“Back in my day, we had good people, but it never occurred to us that we needed to create a new path, to change education as the world changed. Today, the Graduate School of Education is much more focused on creating those new paths.

“What I wish is that these scholarships get used for really creative people who see what’s going on in the world and who are interested in improving education – people who are going to make a world of difference.”

People like Bill Castetter.

Dr. Castetter passed away in 2009, leaving a very powerful legacy.