UVA Darden Celebrates Jack Young (MBA ’70), Alumni Leaders With Awards at Annual Meeting

By David Buie-Moltz

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business presented the Harry N. Lewis Distinguished Service Award to Jack Young (MBA ’70) at the Darden Annual Meeting on 16 November. Named in memory of Lewis (MBA ’57), who served as a class agent for more than 60 years and was the first chair of the Darden Alumni Board of Directors, the award celebrates alumni for exceptional, long-term volunteer service.

For more than half a century, Young has served as a class secretary and kept his classmates connected, particularly through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. His efforts were crucial in successfully organizing the 50th reunion for the Class of 1970 despite the delays caused by the pandemic.

Attending the ceremony with family, including his son Bill Young (MBA ’98), Young expressed his deep connection to his class in his acceptance speech. “The Class of 1970 means a lot to me. I am really honored,” he said.

The award was previously bestowed upon notable alumni, including Professor Emeritus C. Ray Smith, who passed away earlier in the month. Reflecting on this legacy, Young said, “To be included on a list that talks about C. Ray is quite an honor for me… I will continue to live to the high standards that have been placed on all of us.”

Additional Individual Awards Presented at the Darden Annual Meeting

Next Generation Alumni Award
  • Recipient: Betsy Moszeter (EMBA ’11)
  • Achievements: Moszeter has demonstrated a strong commitment to developing engagement among Darden’s more recent alumni. She has been a longtime leader of the Colorado chapter and a volunteer for Women@Darden. Additionally, Moszeter is a loyal donor to the Darden Society and Hickory Club and an active member of the Alumni Board.
Outstanding Class Engagement Leadership Award
  • Recipient: Tom Taylor (MBA ’85)
  • Contributions: Taylor has exemplified exceptional class leadership by working diligently as the class secretary, maintaining robust class notes and keeping his classmates connected. His dedication extends beyond his role, including coordinating a bench dedication in memory of classmate Mark Kaish (MBA ’85).
Outstanding Reunion Committee Leadership Award
  • Recipient: Class of 1993 Reunion Committee
  • Accomplishments: This committee has shown remarkable effort in organizing a memorable reunion experience. They have achieved significant milestones, including naming the Class of 1993 Garden and Sloney’s Porch at The Forum Hotel. Additionally, they launched the Class of 1993 Community Fund, supporting events and programming that unite the Darden community.
Philanthropic Innovators Award
  • Recipients: Liz Brower, Reg Jones and Louise Rios (MBA ’11)
  • Impact: These individuals have played a pivotal role in elevating their class’s philanthropic efforts. Their leadership led to 45% giving participation from their class and the successful orchestration of a Day for Darden, where 88 classmates contributed to the annual fund.

Class Awards Presented at Darden Annual Meeting

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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