Donald C. Bross, JD, PhD, professor of pediatrics in the Kempe Center for Child Abuse and Neglect, has been selected as the 2015 faculty winner of the Thomas Jefferson Award at the University of Colorado. This is one of the university’s highest awards.
The award was first established at the University of Virginia in 1951 by the Robert Earll McConnell Foundation to honor teaching faculty who exemplified the humanistic ideals associated with the country’s third president. By 1962, six other institutions had established a Jefferson Award, including the University of Colorado. In 1980, the University added a student category, and in 1988, the staff category was approved. Funds for the awards are derived from earnings on an endowment provided by the McConnell Foundation and from a bequest by Harrison Blair, a University of Colorado alumnus.
The Thomas Jefferson Award honors students, staff, and faculty members who advance the ideals of Thomas Jefferson, which include: a broad interests in literature, arts and sciences, and public affairs; a strong concern for the advancement of higher education; a deeply seated sense of individual civic responsibility; and a profound commitment to the welfare and rights of the individual. More information can be found at the website.
Bross has been on the faculty for decades and as one of the early faculty with C. Henry Kempe, Ruth Kempe, and Brandt Steele, helped chart the development and success of the center with its leadership and his colleagues. He is valued teacher mentor within our school and in the Colorado; a wonderful advocate for children and families locally, nationally and internationally; and a truly committed career to the welfare and rights of individual as the award proclaims.