Leaving a Mark on the Place She Loved: Professor Susan Chaplinsky’s Gift to Darden

By David Buie-Moltz

When Professor Susan Chaplinsky passed away in November, the Darden School lost one of its most admired and beloved educators. She left behind a legacy of inspiring her students to achieve their full potential — and a scholarship fund that would continue to do so for years to come.

In her will, Chaplinsky made a bequest to establish a full-tuition scholarship to Darden for women seeking a career in business. She knew the power of education in transforming lives and careers, and she believed in Darden’s mission to develop leaders who make a positive impact on the world.

“I know that nothing in this world would please Susan more than knowing that her students remembered her as a teacher who made a difference in their life,” said Kathy Arter, Chaplinsky’s sister, at a January memorial event.

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Chaplinsky was a deeply committed teacher whose dedication to her students was widely recognized. She received awards and honors for her teaching and research throughout her career, and her popular courses covered various topics in finance. She was also an avid producer of teaching materials, ensuring her students had the best resources to succeed.

The Susan J. Chaplinsky Scholarship is a fitting legacy for a dear friend, colleague and mentor whose life’s work and passion was to help others grow and achieve their full potential. Those who knew Chaplinsky remember her as a complete person, dedicated to teaching, research, case writing and leadership. Her influence was felt in all aspects of the School and beyond.

“The Darden School has been the entity that has allowed me to achieve the peak of my professional success and been in large part the reason I was able to work effectively and substantially add to the wealth I have accumulated,” wrote Chaplinsky about her bequest.

If you are inspired by Chaplinsky’s story and want to contribute to the future of Darden, planned giving offers a powerful way to leave a lasting legacy. For more information on planned giving, please contact Mary Katherine Barbour, Regional Director of Development, at BarbourM@darden.virginia.edu or +1-434-924-4783.

About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business prepares responsible global leaders through unparalleled transformational learning experiences. Darden’s graduate degree programs (MBA, MSBA and Ph.D.) and Executive Education & Lifelong Learning programs offered by the Darden School Foundation set the stage for a lifetime of career advancement and impact. Darden’s top-ranked faculty, renowned for teaching excellence, inspires and shapes modern business leadership worldwide through research, thought leadership and business publishing. Darden has Grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Washington, D.C., area and a global community that includes 18,000 alumni in 90 countries. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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