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Alumnus James W. Todd Pledges $1 Million To U.Va.'s Darden School

July 16, 1999 -- James W. Todd, of McLean, Va., has pledged $1 million to the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business Administration.

A 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.

"The 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."

The 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.

"Jim 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.

A real 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.

Todd 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.

As 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.

Todd's 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.

Todd is currently a board member of the Johns Hopkins University Real Estate Institute and a board member of the University of Virginia Foundation.

Todd 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.

Contact: Elaine Ruggieri, (804) 924-3220.

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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