David H. Ibbeken ’71

  • President Emeritus, Law School Foundation

David H. Ibbeken ’71 is the president emeritus of the Law School Foundation. Ibbeken led the Foundation for 28 years, retiring as president and CEO in 2007.

Ibbeken helped the Foundation set the bar for all law schools in alumni giving participation and guided the 1992-2000 capital campaign, which at the time was the largest and most successful in the history of legal education. During the course of his tenure with the Law School Foundation, he helped increase the Foundation’s funds under management from $5 million to more than $300 million, placing it among the top law schools in the country.

A 1963 graduate of Princeton University, Ibbeken served as a lieutenant in the Army Artillery at Fort Lewis, Wash., before matriculating at Virginia. He served as an assistant to then-Dean of Admissions Albert Turnbull ’62, before graduating from the Law School in 1971. Ibbeken then joined Archer, Greiner & Read in Haddonfield, N.J., and later served as vice president and counsel for the Continental Title Insurance Company in New Jersey.

Ibbeken returned to the Law School in 1979 as executive director of the Law School Foundation. In addition to those duties, he taught a Modern Real Estate Practice seminar from 1980 through 1993. Although he stopped teaching to focus exclusively on managing the Foundation, Ibbeken’s contributions in the classroom are still remembered through the David H. Ibbeken Research Professorship in Law, established chiefly by his classmates as a rotating chair for scholars of distinction.

The capstone of his career in development may have come in 2005, when the American Bar Association Section on Institutional Advancement recognized Ibbeken with its highest honor, the J. William Elwin, Jr. Award.

Ibbeken is co-founder and past president of the AALS Section on Institutional Advancement. He is a former member of the Planning Committee for the ABA Section on Legal Education, Law School Development Conferences.


  • J.D.
    University of Virginia School of Law
  • A.B.
    Princeton University

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