Nancy Browning Premen
- Class of: Nurs ’79
- Current city: Warrenton, VA
- Current job: Software sales manager
- Bodo’s Order OR Favorite Charlottesville Spot: Cinnamon-Raisin Bagel with butter and cinnamon sugar…and an orange juice.
Tell us your UVA story. What did you do during your time on Grounds? What were your favorite memories?
I am a UVA Nursing graduate of 1979. My best memory of my time on Grounds was when UVA won our first EVER ACC basketball tournament on March 6, 1976. . .my 19th birthday. . .during my first year at UVA. How does it get better than that??! Maybe winning the NCAA Championship last year while my son is a Hoo???!!
Tell us what you’re up to today!
I left nursing in the early 80’s and was hired by IBM to be a Systems Engineer, for which IBM trained me. I have always credited my degree and GPA (3.94) from the University of Virginia as the reason IBM was willing to take a chance on a prospective employee with no experience in either the computer or sales field. I had a successful career at IBM, eventually becoming a Software Sales Manager. My son graduated from UVA in 2020 with his bachelor’s degree in Urban & Environmental Planning from the School of Architecture and he will be returning to UVA in fall 2020 to obtain his master’s in that discipline.
My family and I have had the BEST time during the last four years attending ALL UVA home football games, two Bowl games(Military Bowl & Orange Bowl), and every basketball game that we can get tickets to! That was especially fun because our son was a trumpet player in the Cavalier Marching Band and Basketball Pep Band. What a thrill it was to see him in the stands and to have him involved in our historic run to our first ever NCAA Championship in Men’s basketball! I have had a fantastic time over the last four years being back in Charlottesville as often as possible. WAHOOWA!!
What makes you say Wahoowa?
You name it!! Watching my son in the Cavalier Marching Band, watching him in the Basketball Pep Band, being in-person at our UVA home football games and basketball games, running into others ANYWHERE wearing their UVA gear, sporting my “HOO4EVR “ plate on our SUV(also decorated with UVA stickers and “WAHOOWA” license plate bracket), and just about anywhere, with anyone, who realizes that I am a Hoo fanatic.
What’s the biggest way in which you hope alumni can impact UVA?
By spreading the word about what a great school of integrity and honor UVA is. By making sure that I always manage my affairs in a manner in which UVA and Thomas Jefferson would be proud. By being supportive of my Hoo teams and organizations whenever possible. By staying involved with the UVA Alumni Association.
Pick a pillar that best captures your life today:
Why does that pillar speak to you?
Because I am an outgoing personality who tries to stay up-to-date and aware of activities in the world, my community, and UVA. And I love talking about UVA and how proud I am to be an alum, with a sister who is an alum, and now a son who is an alum and who will be returning for grad school.