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Regina Jefferson retires from VCU

September 6, 2017

There aren’t too many people who can say they spent their entire career with one organization, but 42 years and eight months later, Regina Jefferson can make that claim.

On Thursday, August 31, Ms. Jefferson’s long tenure at VCU was celebrated as friends from all over the university and family gathered in one of the salon rooms at the University Student Commons.

Ms. Jefferson started her employment with VCU in 1974 as a clerk typist in the School of Dentistry’s Faculty Practice. After almost two years, she moved to the School of Nursing and became one of the first employees in the newly-established pediatric nurse practitioner program. Ms. Jefferson completed seven years of service in that growing unit, but decided to return to the School of Dentistry when an administrative position became available.  For 21 years, she was a familiar face to students and faculty while working with Dr. Marshall P. Brownstein, assistant dean of admissions and student affairs.

Upon Dr. Brownstein’s retirement, Ms. Jefferson moved to Life Sciences, where she has held the position of executive assistant to the vice provost since 2003. She has provided invaluable support to Dr. Thomas F. Huff, Dr. Leonard A. Smock, and Life Sciences’ current vice provost, Dr. Robert. M. Tombes.

“I am happy that I was able to be there on her day of celebration and honor her contributions to VCU and Life Sciences,” said Dr. Tombes. “She not only anchored many of our schedules and events, but her wisdom and experience served as a steady influence on all of our operations. I will miss her, but fortunately, her kids and grandkids will get more time to enjoy her infectious laugh and smile.”

Ms. Jefferson is already making plans on how to spend her well-deserved retirement, with a lot of traveling, relaxing, spending time with her grandchildren, and not setting her alarm to wake up.  

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