Iva Gillet has been an employee at the University of Virginia for 24 years working at the Intramural-Recreational Sports Department and for the last 13 years in the Graduate Studies Office in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. She has extensive experience with student course registration, admissions and graduation requirements, and student service. Her love of the University of Virginia began when she attended as an undergrad, receiving a B.A. majoring in history and psychology. She became a “Double Hoo” by attaining an M.Ed. degree while working in the Engineering School and raising two daughters on a farm.
Outside of work, Iva loves to hike in the mountains, ride her horses, and kayak lakes and rivers. She has been leading group hikes and helping with trail work for the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club for a decade. Some of her favorite hiking trips have been to the National Parks: Glacier, Acadia, the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Yellowstone, and Smoky Mountain Nat’l Park. Iva has also enjoyed trekking in Peru and Nepal, and looks forward to exploring new places on this voyage. She competed in Olympic screening trials in 3 day eventing (equestrian) for the 1984 games. She resides on her 88 acre farm with horses, goats, burros, cats and dogs. She is an avid Wahoo sports fan and will be carefully monitoring UVa football/soccer successes while at sea.