Georgetown Law Establishes Paul J. Diaz Endowed Opportunity Scholarship

June 6, 2016 —

Paul J. Diaz (L'88) Paul J. Diaz (L'88)

Georgetown Law has established the Paul J. Diaz Endowed Opportunity Scholarship, owing to a $1 million pledge and initial contribution from Paul J. (L’88) and Victoria Diaz.

Opportunity Scholarships are awarded to Georgetown Law students with high academic credentials and significant financial need whose background or experience suggests that they will be uniquely positioned to contribute to the diversity of the Law Center community.

Paul Diaz is a graduate of American University and Georgetown Law. He currently serves on the Law Center's board of visitors.

“Georgetown, and the financial aid I received there, were instrumental in helping to launch my career,” said Diaz. “This first generation Cuban American, who was raised by a single mom, would not have otherwise had the blessings that have been my professional and personal life.”

Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor has prioritized increasing Opportunity Scholarships at the Law Center.  “We are extremely grateful to Paul and Victoria for their generosity in helping us to achieve this important vision," Treanor said. "Their support helps ensure that the most highly qualified candidates have access to a Georgetown legal education and that a student's financial resources are never a barrier to his or her decision to join our extraordinary student body.”

Diaz is a partner in the Chicago-based private equity firm Cressey and Company. Previously, he was president and chief executive officer of Kindred Healthcare, Inc., one of the largest providers of healthcare services in the United States where he also served, most recently, as executive vice chairman. 

Diaz currently serves on the boards of directors of Kindred Healthcare, DaVita Healthcare Partners, and Patterson Medical. He is a member of the Aspen Group, one of the nation’s foremost health policy think tanks.  

While CEO of Kindred, Diaz was a member of the Business Roundtable and the Wall Street Journal CEO Council.  He was also one of the founders of, and was formerly on the board of directors of, PharMerica Corporation. He previously served on the boards of the Federation of American Hospitals, the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, and the board of trustees of the Suburban Hospital Healthcare System, today part of Johns Hopkins Health System.

Mr. and Mrs. Diaz currently live in Louisville, Kentucky, with their children Alec, Jackson, and Reyna.