Leaders in Philanthropy

All Systems Go
Trailblazer Shavonne Banks Gordon helps others navigate the path to success.
Leaders in Philanthropy
Ahead of Their Time
In the nearly five decades since they graduated from UVA, Blake and Paulette Morant have forged a lasting and deep connection with the University.
Fueled by Passion
John and Patty Epps met on Grounds in the early seventies. Fifty years later, they’re still passionate about supporting the university that brought them together.
Faculty Support
The Power Generator
Trailblazing engineer, author, and advocate Jill Tietjen is ensuring that future engineers have the tools to succeed.
Providing Strength
Having built a successful career in the construction business, Michael Russell is helping to provide a solid foundation for Black students at the School of Engineering and Applied Science.
A Different, Deeper Feeling
Charlie Diederich created his bicentennial scholarship to honor his wife’s memory and as a tribute to the nursing profession.
Student Experience
Whatever It Takes
Longtime supporter Gretchen Tibbits is now committed to ensuring the future of the arts at UVA.
Leaders in Philanthropy
Discovering DNA at UVA
Kate Theisen’s path to a distinguished career at the FBI Laboratory started with undergraduate research at UVA. Her bequest will provide that opportunity to future students.
Leaders in Philanthropy
A Part of Who You Are
During a nearly 50-year career as a trial lawyer in South Florida, Chris Searcy (Col ’69) has always fought for the underdog. His motivations behind giving to the University are compellingly straightforward.
Leaders in Philanthropy
Devotion Times Four
Driven by their passion for UVA, Rotunda Society members Dr. Tamara Charity-Brown and Carlos M. Brown are supporting the University in meaningful ways.