James W. Todd Pledges $1 Million To U.Va.'s Darden School
16, 1999 -- James W. Todd, of McLean, Va., has pledged
$1 million to the University of Virginia's Darden
Graduate School of Business Administration.
Darden alumnus, Todd made the pledge on the occasion of his 35th
class reunion. He has directed his pledge to support case-method
research and the Batten Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.
single most important lasting value to me from the Darden School
is the case-study discipline," Todd said. "I want my gift to support
activities related to the continued use of the case-study method
and case research at the Batten Center."
school's campaign, part of U.Va.'s $1 billion capital campaign,
has received more than $120 million in gifts and pledges, well over
its $100 million goal.
Todd's gift and his motivation speak directly to Darden's education
values. The case method, at its fundamental level, is intended to
develop the judgment needed to create, transform, and lead successful
businesses. With this gift, Jim confirms the case method's value
and provides the School with resources to move aggressively in the
development of multimedia cases," said Darden Dean Edward A. Snyder.
estate developer in the United States and Canada for the past 25
years, Todd has served as president of three companies: Gulf Reston,
Mobil Land Development Corp. and The Peterson Companies. Backed
by Gulf and Mobil, Todd was responsible for the development of the
town of Reston, Va., for which he received the 1989 Urban Land Institute
Award of Excellence.
currently is president of The Peterson Companies, the largest private
development company in the Washington area. His team manages 60
investment properties and development projects in the city's Virginia
and Maryland suburbs.
a Life Council Member of the U.S. Urban Land Institute, Todd has
participated in numerous international study tours and advisory
panels. He is a past president of the Northern Virginia Chapter
of the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks and former
board member of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association.
public service includes his membership on the Fairfax County Economic
Advisory Commission and as a director of the Washington Airports
Task Force. He also has served as vice chairman of the Fairfax County
Economic Development Authority.
is currently a board member of the Johns Hopkins University Real
Estate Institute and a board member of the University of Virginia
earned his bachelor's degree from U.Va.'s McIntire School of Commerce
in 1960 and his master's in business administration from Darden
in 1964. While at Darden, Todd was elected Darden student body president
and to the Raven Society and Omicron Delta Kappa.
Elaine Ruggieri, (804) 924-3220.