Jefferson Scholars Foundation and U.Va.’s Darden School of Business work together to attract a global thought leader in health care and women’s leadership

January 10, 2020

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation is pleased to announce that Vivian Riefberg, a global thought leader in health care and women’s leadership, has joined U.Va.’s Darden School of Business as the David C. Walentas Jefferson Scholars Foundation Professor.

In 2012, the Foundation launched an initiative to endow a number of professorships for the University. These professorships represent an extension of the Foundation’s mission to serve the University by identifying, attracting, and nurturing individuals of extraordinary intellectual range and depth whose contributions and leadership will enhance the University community. To date, the Foundation has raised more than $80 million for this initiative.

Riefberg is the fourth holder of a professorship endowed by the Foundation to join the University’s faculty. She will teach in the full-time MBA and Executive MBA degree programs at Darden, as well as in Executive Education.


Vivian Riefberg



The Jefferson Fellowship is the premier graduate fellowship offered at the University of Virginia. Based solely on merit, the Fellowship seeks to attract Ph.D. and M.B.A. candidates.

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The Jefferson Scholarship is the premier undergraduate scholarship at the University of Virginia. Scholars are selected through a rigorous selection process that is based on exceptional performance in the areas of leadership, scholarship, and citizenship.

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The Jefferson Scholars Foundation, like its namesake, knows that virtue and talent come from all walks of life. Indeed it is this knowledge that drives the Foundation to search the world over for its recipients.

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