Recent Placements

Associate Vice President and Dean, Office of African-American Affairs

Darren D. Kelly, a 2004 alumnus of the McIntire School of Commerce, has been named the new Associate Vice President and Dean of the Office of African American Affairs (OAAA). Darren will join the division on October 2.

General Manager at Boar’s Head Resort

Boar’s Head Resort and the University of Virginia Foundation announced today the appointment of Gigi Vega as general manager effective Aug. 14. Vega, who has amassed more than three decades of hospitality experience over her career that spans the globe, comes to Charlottesville from San Francisco, where she was the general manager of the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco at Embarcadero. Russ Cronberg, who has served as general manager at Boar’s Head for the last seven years, recently assumed the position of director of hospitality for the University of Virginia Foundation.

Executive Director, Strategic Communications

Susan Klobuchar joined UVA Engineering as Executive Director, Strategic Communications on August 1, 2023. She will be responsible for enhancing the UVA Engineering brand, leading internal and external communications strategy and execution, serving as a member of the school’s leadership team, and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Department of Communications. In her role, she will help UVA Engineering achieve its mission of making the world a better place by creating and disseminating knowledge and by preparing engineering leaders to solve global challenges.

Director of Development for Medical Alumni

Chris Neal joins UVA Health Development from Longwood University where he has served as Assistant Vice President for Leadership & Planned Giving. He has led a team of gift officers to serve as generalists, fundraising for the greater Longwood community. During the course of Chris’s tenure, he has played an integral role in increasing Longwood’s endowment from $51.8M to over $100M. Chris is passionate about the advancement profession, relationship building and serving on a team.

Vice President and Chief Information Officer

The University of Virginia has appointed Kelly P. Doney as the next Vice President and Chief Information Officer.

She brings decades of experience in higher education, technology and management consulting, most recently serving as vice president and chief information officer at Villanova University. At UVA, Doney will be responsible for oversight of areas including the planning and delivery of central information technology applications, infrastructure, support, information security and policy, and research computing.

Special Advisor to the Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Melissa Wolf Riley joins UVA’s Office of the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer as Special Advisor.  Melissa is an experienced attorney who has lived and worked in the Charlottesville area for over 20 years.  A graduate of Washington & Lee University and University of Richmond School of Law, she spent 15 years with the law firm of McGuireWoods LLP, where she provided a broad range of litigation and consulting services to clients in many areas of the law while also focusing on employment law and the health and education industries.