WASHINGTON, D.C. (4/15/13) – In Charlottesville, Virginia today, the University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello presented FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III with the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Law.
In his acceptance speech at the University of Virginia School of Law, from which he graduated in 1973, Director Mueller reflected on his time at the venerable institution as well as the FBI while imparting to the audience what he believes to be the basic three tenets for a rewarding professional life. Referencing an inscription on a campus archway—Enter by this gateway and seek the way of honor, the light of truth, and the will to work for men—Mueller explained how those words paralleled his principles of a successful career—integrity, commitment to the rule of law, and the value of public service.
“Each of us must determine for ourselves in what way we can best serve others,” Muller said. “Find something you love, some way in which you can contribute—something that will leave you believing that your time has been well spent.”
The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals are the highest external honors bestowed by the University of Virginia, which grants no honorary degrees. They recognize achievements of those who embrace architecture, law, and citizen leadership—endeavors in which Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and third U.S. president, excelled and held in high regard.
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