Rimel, Head Of Pew Charitable Trusts, Named U.Va. Women's Center's
1999 Distinguished Alumna
17, 1999 -- Rebecca Rimel, president and chief executive
officer of the Pew Charitable Trusts, one of the nation's largest
philanthropies, will receive the 1999 Distinguished Alumna Award
from the University of Virginia's Women's Center. She will be honored
at a benefit dinner in the fall.
graduate of the School of Nursing and a Charlottesville native,
Rimel became in 1975 the first nurse to join the Medical School
faculty in the Department of Neurosurgery. A specialist in head
injury, she also served as head nurse of the Medical Center's Emergency
Department and as coordinator of out-patient facilities.
earned a Master's of Business Administration from James Madison
University in 1983 and soon after, began working for the Pew Charitable
Trusts as a manager for health programs. Rising through the foundation's
ranks, she became president and chief executive officer in 1994.
leadership at the Pew Charitable Trusts has been revolutionary,"
said Jeanette Lancaster, dean of the School of Nursing. She has
led a traditional family foundation to achieve new heights of civic
engagement through awards designed to improve the quality of the
media and how other areas such as health care and education envision,
and indeed, design their futures, she said.
her evolving career, Rimel has maintained ties to the Nursing School
and the University of Virginia. She currently serves on the Executive
Committee of the Campaign for the University, which is working toward
a $1 billion fund-raising goal, and she chaired the Nursing Advisory
Board from 1992-1997. Last year she joined the Alumni Association
Board of Managers. In addition Rimel has served on the board of
the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation (Monticello) since 1993.
president and chief executive officer of the Pew Charitable Trusts,
based in Philadelphia, Rimel acts as liaison between the board and
the foundationÍs program directors, grantees and the broader public
-- including the media, government officials, the civic community
and other foundations. With approximately $4.7 billion in assets,
the foundation invested over $213 million in 298 nonprofit organizations
in 1998. The Pew Trusts award grants in a number of areas -- culture,
education, environment, health and human services, public policy,
religion -- and supports a broad range of strategically targeted
investments designed to advance knowledge and to translate it into
effective action in the public interest.
is the author or co-author of more than 100 articles and book chapters
on health and other foundation issues. In 1991 she was elected a
member of the University's Raven Society, and in 1988 she received
the Distinguished Nursing Alumna Award. She serves on a number of
other boards, including the Foundation Center, the Gilder Lehrman
Institute of American History Advisory Board and the National Park
University of Virginia's Women's Center provides a variety of services
to the University and local community, including an information
helpline, mentoring, counseling, child care referral resources and
support groups. The center offers a full calendar of events, bringing
in artists and scholars to lead discussions and promote awareness
of issues facing women and men locally and throughout the world.
Rimel will be the ninth recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award,
established in 1991 to honor a female U.Va. graduate who has demonstrated
excellence, leadership and extraordinary commitment to her field,
and who has used her talents as a positive force for change. The
previous honorees are:
-- Elaine R. Jones (J.D., Law '70), director of the NAACP Legal
Defense and Educational Fund;
-- Valerie Ackerman (B.A., Political and Social Thought '81), president
of the Women's National Basketball Association;
-- Mariann Stratton (M.S.N., Nursing '81), Rear Admiral (ret.),
Nurse Corps, U.S. Navy;
--Hanan Ashrawi (Ph.D., English '79), human and civil rights activist
in the Middle East;
--Kathryn Thornton (Ph.D., Physics '79), NASA astronaut;
--Katherine Couric (B.A., English '79), NBC "Today Show"
-- Vivian Pinn (M.D., Medicine '67) director, National Institutes
of Health Office of Research on Women's Health;
-- Linda Fairstein (J.D., Law '72) deputy chief, Sex Crimes Prosecution
Unit of New York City.
Anne Bromley, (804) 924-6861.