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Former VA Senator to Receive T.J. Foundation Medal for Citizen Leadership

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Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb will receive one the University of Virginia’s highest accolades this week. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal for Citizen Leadership is one of three similar honors presented each year for architecture, law, and citizen leadership.

Webb spoke before dozens of students at the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy Thursday afternoon. He didn't say too much about the award - which he will receive Friday - and focused his thoughts on the importance of good leadership.

Webb explained how his management and leadership experience propelled him through the military, and some of the highest levels of government. Webb says good leadership is universal.

“These are people who are studying leadership, and I wanted to give them some principles to work off of, to think about no matter where you go,” said Webb.

Webb will be the featured speaker at Monticello’s commemoration of Thomas Jefferson's 271st birthday, known as Founder's Day, Friday at 10 a.m. He will then be honored with the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal Friday afternoon at UVA’s Rotunda.

Webb will be honored alongside architect Toyo Ito and attorney Kenneth Feinberg.

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