The Bob Graham Center for Public Service has established the Bob Graham Center Citizen of the Year Award.

Our purpose in establishing this award is to highlight those individuals in our state who make Florida a better place to live for all of us.

Yes, we believe Bob Graham embodied the characteristics of leadership and service throughout his career, as a state senator, governor and United States senator. But our purpose is not to promote Bob Graham — he does not need that from us.

Our aim is to assist University of Florida students and other young people to realize that life's success is measured not only by educational and economic achievement, but it is also determined by the ways we contribute to the well-being of others and the well-being of our society.

Greek philosopher Plato asserted that human well being is the highest aim of moral thought and conduct.

At UF, the administration, the Office of Student Affairs and faculty have collaborated to help freshman students understand that "a good life" goes well beyond making money.

From the moment students enter campus, academic advisers and student affairs leaders impress on them that we expect more from our students than good grades and a well-paying job. The Good Life course, developed by the faculty, speaks directly to students about what such a life entails.

Bill Strickland, a MacArthur Foundation "genius award" recipient, believes that a successful life is not something one simply pursues. It is rather something each of us creates, moment by moment. Read More