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The Batten Institute at the Darden School of Business creates value and transforms society through entrepreneurship and innovation. The Institute’s academic research center advances knowledge that addresses real-world challenges and shapes Darden’s curriculum, and the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership offers one of the world’s top entrepreneurship programs.
The Institute’s academic research center manages a diverse portfolio of research projects that have clear, practical implications for managers and for society. Current initiatives examine the role of entrepreneurship and innovation in six fields: design, effectuation, emerging markets, healthcare, organic growth and sustainability. The Batten grants program provides direct financial support to faculty and the Batten Fellows program funds research by leading scholars and business thinkers worldwide. The Institute’s team of researchers develops cases, supports faculty projects, and authors journal and general interest articles, including those published in the Batten Briefings, concise written reports on a range of current topics drawn from the Institute’s scholarly endeavors. In addition to research support, the Institute engages a dynamic community of scholars and practitioners through articles, books, reports, teaching cases, colloquia, workshops, and conferences.
The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership offers one of the world’s top entrepreneurship programs, ranked #3 in the U.S. in 2011 by Entrepreneur Magazine and the Princeton Review. The program is informed by leading research and is steeped in a rich, experience-based approach to creating successful real-life businesses. The program provides a broad array of academic and experiential programs for students, including a forward-thinking entrepreneurship concentration, a business incubator, full-time internships, competitions, boot camps, mentorship programs, over $1M in entrepreneurship scholarships, and a university-wide entrepreneurial ecosystem.
The Batten Institute redefines boundaries in the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation research and dedicates unparalleled resources to students, faculty, alumni and scholars interested in pursuing entrepreneurship and innovation at any stage in their career and in any type of business environment.
Business & Public Policy (B&PP) has the unique mission of connecting Darden students with students from the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy to promote cross-curricular education and discourse at the intersection of business and policy. The club partners with the Batten School of Leadership to engage in action-oriented discourse to cultivate a collaborative mindset and establish mutual responsibility for the societal effects of business and policy decisions. Finally, we work to highlight professional opportunities among future policy and business leaders.
Darden Technology Club provides a forum for students interested in working in technology-intensive industries and students interested in understanding the role and opportunities that technology creates for improving the performance of organizations of all types.
Community Consultants of Darden provides pro-bono consulting service to small business and non-profits in the Charlottesville community; enables students to apply classroom instruction to real-world situation; offers experience in a variety of functional areas including operations, finance, marketing, business development/strategy, and consulting; and builds students management and leadership expertise.
Consulting Club has as its primary goal informing the Darden Community on the opportunities available in the consulting industry and then providing interested students with the resources and assistance necessary to fulfill these opportunities.
Darden Capital Management is a student-run club focused on promoting the interest and experience of its members in the investment management industry. One of the main responsibilities of the Club is managing the Darden Fund, Jefferson Fund, Cavalier Fund, Rotunda Fund, and Monticello Fund. The five Funds have approximately $5 million in assets and are part of the school’s endowment, which has been set aside for Darden students to manage.
Darden Private Equity Network seeks to build and develop a network of Darden students and alumni professionals with common interest in private equity investing ranging from angel stage and venture capital to leveraged buyouts and turnaround situations, and to provide career training for students and continuing education for active alumni investors.
Education Club seeks to generate energy, passion, appreciation and focus around the education industry; raise awareness of education issues among future business leaders; promote cross-curricular opportunities with the Curry School of Education; present career pathways for business students interested in education.
Energy Club assists the students in gathering information about and facilitating employment in energy-related companies.
Entrepreneurial and Venture Capital Club is Darden’s forum for sharing and gaining ideas about starting and building new ventures. The club provides an opportunity to meet successful entrepreneurs, sponsors educational lectures on the many facets of starting a business, helps students formulate business plans for the spring Business Plan Competition, and assists students in career searches.
Finance Club works to increase the visibility and understanding of various careers in Finance including investment banking, commercial banking, finance positions in corporations, money management and financial consulting; helps members to find jobs in various areas of Finance; increases members professional knowledge; and fosters friendship among the Finance Club, particularly first years and second years, and with members of other clubs at Darden.
General Management & Operations Club (GMO) is the largest career-oriented organization at Darden. The GMO Club is committed to bridging the gap between the classroom and the job market. Club members gain access to a large group of students who work in a diverse set of industries, countries and career tracks. The club will help students decide which direction to take as they navigate the complexities of their career search..
MBA-J.D. J.D./M.B.A Society serves as a focal point for communication between MBA-J.D. students and the Law and Business School administrations, faculty, student body, alumni, and prospective students. It promotes the exchange of information and advice among MBA-J.D.s, improves the functioning of the program, lobbies on behalf of MBA-J.D. students, and sponsors events and activities which promote interaction among the law and business school communities.
Health Care Leadership Club is dedicated to patients by promoting awareness of issues and opportunities in health related fields. HCC achieves its mission by closely partnering with both academia and industry to sponsor education and speaker programs focused on all aspects of the health care industry, provide information about career opportunities in health care, and join with communities and patients in supporting health related causes.
Marketing Club establishes a strong marketing reputation for Darden within academic and professional circles, provides a forum in which to educate and enhance their understanding of marketing issues, assists club members in discovering and exploring diverse marketing employment opportunities, and stimulates interaction among students, companies, and faculty to enhance participation in marketing and community relationships.
Media, Entertainment, and Sports Club seeks to increase the awareness of Darden within these industries while also encouraging employment opportunities.
Net Impact at Darden strives to inspire, challenge and engage people to incorporate values in daily decision making. We are part of a dynamic and rapidly expanding network of MBAs and alumni - one of the most progressive and influential in existence today. Members share a passion for exploring the interdependence of business and social responsibility while in business school and throughout their professional careers.
Real Estate Club educates its members of current real estate practices and issues. The club also serves as a networking opportunity to learn about real estate and to find employment opportunities.
Retail & Luxury Goods Club (R&LG) increases awareness and interest in the retail, consumer products and luxury goods industries among Darden students, and to increase Darden’s presence in these industries. The R&LG Club is the hub for retail alumni networking and strives to connect Darden students with their desired companies for summer and full-time positions. Students in the R&LG club will attend a career trek to New York City, join the first year/second year career mentor program (RLG specific), attend educational workshops on retail and the non-traditional recruiting process and receive up-to-date information on industry news, industry conferences, and industry specific job opportunities.
Turnaround and Restructuring Club (TRC) pragmatically dovetails the school’s strong finance, consulting, general management and leadership development curriculum with a natural industry fit. The club’s charter is to foster financial and operational restructuring careers by providing both a knowledge and skills development program coupled with professional networking and employment opportunities.
Community Resource Clubs
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Asian Business Club at Darden increases awareness within Darden about Asia, as well as increase awareness about Darden within Asia. The club organizes and supports the following activities: cultural and academic activities; recruitment and professional activities; admissions activities; and communicates and supports relevant initiatives of related committees and organizations within Darden, such as the International Business Society and the International Advisory Board.
Black Business Student Forum (BBSF) is organized and focused on bringing together the past, present, and future Darden African-American communities. For that pursuit, the BBSF develops programs that promote academic excellence, provide safe environments for the discussion of issues around race, support professional development, offer a forum for social activities and participate in community service activities.
Darden Christian Fellowship is a non-denominational fellowship group seeking to encourage and strengthen the faith of Christian students, faculty, and staff.
Darden African Business Organization links Darden to Africa formally and informally, and provides all Darden staff and students an opportunity to learn more about African businesses, economies, culture and political framework. The club works to keep abreast of developments in Africa on a regular basis.
Darden Jewish Student Association serves to further awareness of Jewish Culture, tradition and history within the Darden community through educational and social avenues. The DJSA cultivates and supports a friendly community for students to congregate, converse, and network. As a social organization, membership is open to all students, not just those who practice a religious faith. Social activities are planned for both club members and Darden as a whole.
Darden Latter-Day Saint Student Association (Darden LDSSA) is a club to help members of the Darden community (students, faculty and families) maintain balance between their professional, personal and spiritual lives and live consistently with the teachings of Jesus Christ. Darden LDSSA exists to represent The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormons) within the Darden community. The club will be a resource to applicants, students and alumni interested in the LDS environment at the Darden School of Business. Darden LDSSA membership is open to all students, not just those who practice the LDS faith. Social activities are planned for both club members and Darden as a whole.
Darden Military Association assists first year students in making the transition from the military to the private sector, performs volunteer community service in Charlottesville, builds esprit de corps and camaraderie within the Darden community, and hosts lively leisure events.
Darden Partners Association (DPA) is an inclusive community for spouses, families and significant others of Darden Students. The DPA connects Partners to each other, Darden and the Charlottesville community.
Darden South Asian Society (DSAS) brings together members of the Darden community who are interested in business and cultural aspects of the South Asian geographical region. The club organizes seminars, speaker series, panels, recruiting events, cultural and sporting events distinctive to this region.
European Society @ Darden (ES@D) has the mission of promoting awareness of Darden in Europe and appreciation of European culture, business and political affairs in the Darden community.
Gays, Lesbians, and Allies at Darden helps to create an environment in which gay, lesbian, and bisexual members of the Darden community are comfortable being open about their sexual orientation.
Hispanic American Network at Darden represents the interests of Hispanic American students; creates awareness and promotes Darden to prospective Hispanic American MBA candidates; creates, maintains, and strengthens ties with Hispanic American Darden alumni; supports career development opportunities for its membership; and partners with the Darden community to promote a forum for exploration of diversity within the Darden, University of Virginia, and Charlottesville communities and businesses at large.
International Business Society promotes the internationalization of business at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration and the University of Virginia. Serves as a forum for students who are interested in international business ventures. It sponsors programs that support academic diversity, enhances professional opportunities for its membership, maintains ties with international alumni, promotes Darden to prospective students and offers cultural events to the entire Darden and University communities. IBS also includes the Global Speaker Forum which is an opportunity for Darden students to share their respective countries’ heritage, traditions, culture, food, etc. in a one hour presentation. These presentations are open to Darden students, faculty, and administration.
Latin American Student Association (LASA) is one the most active student-run organizations at Darden and its main purpose is to provide Latin American students and students interested in Latin American cultures with a forum to pursue cultural, professional, and social opportunities by maintaining and strengthening ties with Latin American alumni and by supporting career development opportunities for its members. LASA acts as an academic, professional, and social resource; promoting and supporting the efforts of the Darden Community to increase diversity in the curriculum, faculty, and student body. Our efforts are aimed not only at increasing Latin American awareness in Darden but also at increasing Darden awareness in Latin America.
National Association of Women MBAs. Promotes the role of professional women by providing opportunities for women to express their role in today’s society and by establishing alumnae networking that lasts a lifetime. Provides a forum to discuss the issues and challenges women face in their careers and other activities that build awareness of women in leadership positions; allows both female and male students, who are interested in promoting the role of professional women, to share experiences, find support and develop constructive plans for action.
Darden Center for Global Initiatives
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The Darden Center for Global Initiatives develops and implements educational programs and research projects that enhance both student and executive understanding of international issues, enabling them in turn to tap international opportunities.
The Center also aims to increase the global awareness of Darden and the University of Virginia by promoting interaction between Darden students and the rest of the world. It achieves this goal by supporting international exchanges with business schools in India, Spain, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Mexico, Australia, Belgium, China, Hong Kong, Japan, and Sweden. In addition, the Center brings global academicians and business leaders to the University and the Commonwealth of Virginia to share their experiences, knowledge, and perspectives.
History The Center for Global Initiatives are supported by the W. Tayloe Murphy endowment, which was established in 1962 with a $1,000,000 gift from an anonymous donor. The gift honored prominent banker and legislator W. Tayloe Murphy in “recognition and appreciation of his unfaltering support of the Graduate School of Business Administration.”
Darden Foundation Scholarships and Fellowships
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The Class of 1975 Marianne Quattrocchi Memorial Scholarship was established in 1985 by the Class of 1975 in memory of their classmate. This scholarship was created to attract female candidates who otherwise might not attend.
The Consortium for Graduate Study The mission of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, an alliance of leading American business schools and some of our country’s top corporations, is to enhance diversity in business education and leadership by helping to reduce the serious underrepresentation of African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans in both our member schools’ enrollments and the ranks of management. The Darden School Foundation awards several fellowships each year to candidates who apply to Darden through the Consortium.
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The El Paso Corporation Diversity Scholarship was established in 1997 by the Sonat Foundation to assist and encourage deserving students who are members of groups that are underrepresented in business schools and the business community. Underrepresented individuals include individuals who are first generation college students. The scholarship is awarded based on merit, academic achievement, character, leadership ability, and verified financial need.
The Joel Dean Scholarship was established in 1994 by Jurrien Dean, President of the Joel Dean Foundation. The scholarship is awarded to a first year female student from an underrepresented minority group who has demonstrable financial need and who excelled in an undergraduate program as evidenced by a GPA of 3.5 or higher or a GMAT score of 600 or higher.
The Marietta and Sherwood Frey Scholarship was established in 2007, by Carroll Warfield (Class of 1981). Warren Thompson (Class of 1983), Thomas Baltimore (Class of 1991), and friends of Sherwood and Marietta Frey. The award was established to honor Darden professor Sherwood Frey and his wife, Marietta, and to provide financial support to African American students who, as a result of the opportunities afforded them by their education at the Darden School, show promise and commitment to being role models for future generations of African American leaders. Sherwood Frey, Emeritus Ethyl Corporation Professor of Business Administration, joined the Darden faculty in 1979 and retired in 2010. He is well known for his courses on bargaining and negotiations.
Virginia Kincaid Scholarship was established by The Virginia Kincaid Charitable Trust. The scholarship is awarded to an incoming first-year woman whose family/parental adjusted gross income is less than or equal to $60,000. To apply for this scholarship, please contact Rebecca Yancey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charles J. Lewis Scholarship was established in 1985 by Mr. Lemuel E. Lewis, in memory of his father, Charles J. Lewis. Lemuel is a Darden alumnus, former member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia, former Darden School Foundation trustee, and a former member of the Board of Managers of the University of Virginia Alumni Association. An anonymous donor enhanced this scholarship out of gratitude to Josh Darden and Lem Lewis, both former members of the University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors. The scholarship is awarded to minority students from Virginia.
The Nina Sandridge Powell Scholarship was established in 2007 by William and Carolyn Piotrowski. The scholarship will be awarded to female admitted students who are residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
John L. Snook, Jr., Minority Scholarship was established in 1989 by family and friends of John L. Snook, Jr. to honor the former faculty member. While at Darden, John taught Human Resource Management and Management of Nonprofit Organizations. He also originated and directed the Darden School LEAD program, a summer session in graduate business education for minority teenagers. The scholarship is awarded to minority students with an interest in the nonprofit sector.
Darden Student Association DSA is a group of 13 students, elected by their classmates as a representative body, who advocate on behalf of clubs and individuals representing the interests, concerns, and desires of the student body. The Darden Student Association (DSA) President, Executive Vice President, Vice President Finance, Vice President Honor, Vice President International, Vice President Athletics, Vice President Outreach, Vice President Technology, Vice President Social, and Student Council Representative, comprise the DSA Executive Team. In this role, they serve on the boards of various Darden (faculty and student) and University of Virginia committees and organizations, representing the interests, concerns, and desires of MBA students. Additional DSA representatives include and representatives to the University Honor Committee and the University Judiciary Committee. All students registered for courses at Darden are members of the DSA.
Darden Student Association Social Committee is responsible for hosting and coordinating a variety of non-academic social activities throughout the year. The committee is comprised of representatives of both the first and second year class.
Peers@Darden pairs first- and second-years in a program that is designed to help foster relationships between students. Early in the year, activities will be planned in order for the students from the two classes to get to know each other better and to assist in continuing their relationships throughout the school year.
Outreach at Darden seeks to help students get involved in the Charlottesville community. Encourages the spirit of giving, contributes Darden’s diverse talents to Charlottesville, and fosters community involvement in future business leaders.
Building Goodness in April of Charlottesville (BGiA) is part of a national organization dedicated to keeping low-income, elderly, and disabled homeowners living in warmth, safety, independence, dignity, and decency through home repair and rehabilitation volunteer services. Each year, the group repairs and rehabilitates 10 homes during a one-day event.
Cold Call Chronicle (CCC) is the student newspaper of the Darden community, the CCC is published by TDN Enterprises, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation. It is published at least once a month by a staff made up entirely of Darden students. The Chronicle endeavors to present the Darden Community with news, opinions and entertainment throughout the year.
Community Consultants of Darden (CCoD) provides outstanding consulting services to small business and non-profits in the Charlottesville community; enables students to apply classroom instruction to real-world situations; offers experience in a variety of functional areas including operations, finance, marketing, business development/strategy, and consulting; builds students’ management and leadership expertise.
Toastmasters/Gavaliers is a club whose mission is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which each member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills that in turn foster self-confidence, personal growth, and the foundation of a successful business career.
Cold Call Chorus is an a cappella singing group, celebrating the Darden culture through music and comedy. It is committed to providing high quality entertainment for Darden and the community as well as to improving the musical abilities of its members.
Follies is a spring comedy extravaganza featuring the finest Darden talents.
Outdoors Club provides members with opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and develop friendships in a non-academic environment. Activities include hiking, biking, spelunking, rock climbing, sailing, skiing, fly fishing, and white water rafting.
Photography Club is a place where photographers of all skill levels can interact, improve their craft and share their art through various club sponsored activities.
Wine and Cuisine Club (WACC) seeks to educate members about a broad range of cuisine and beverages including beer, wine, and spirits. We help to facilitate the responsible enjoyment of food and drink through socially and culturally engaging events. Finally, we look to promote industry interaction and career development within these targeted areas.
The Darden Graduate School of Business offers three MBA-format programs, a doctoral degree, as well as a wide selection of dual-degree programs.
- Master of Business Administration
- MBA for Executives
- Global MBA for Executives
- Doctoral Program
- Dual Degree Programs
Endowed Chairs and Special Gifts
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The Charles C. Abbott Professorship of Business Administration honors Charles C. Abbott, the first Dean of the Graduate School of Business Administration, whose leadership brought the school to a position of national prominence. As the Converse Professor of Banking and Finance at the Harvard Business School, Charles Abbott was first consulted by the University and the Sponsor Trustees regarding the establishment of the Graduate School of Business Administration. His cogent advice in these formative stages convinced the sponsors that he should be the school’s first dean. Established by an anonymous donor, the professorship has been supplemented by the Class of 1959.
The John L. Colley, Jr. Research Professorship in Business Administration was made possible by an anonymous gift from a graduate of the school to recognize the many contributions to the Darden School by John L. Colley, Jr., who served on the Darden faculty for nearly 40 years. The chair supports research and writing by a faculty member during the summer months with an emphasis on writing cases and new curriculum. This research chair was formerly called the Alumni Research Chair.
The Bank of America Research Professorship of Business Administration was made possible by a gift from Bank of America (formerly NationsBank) to attract and retain eminent scholars in the field of leadership.
The E. Thayer Bigelow Research Professorship in Business Administration is designed to attract and retain eminent scholars in the area of leadership. It was made possible through the generosity of Mr. E. Thayer Bigelow, Jr., (Class of 1967) and is one of the several professorships initiated by the Batten Family Leadership Challenge. Mr. Bigelow previously served as a Darden campaign chairman, member of the Darden School Foundation Board of Trustees, and chairman of the Darden Alumni Council Executive Committee. He was the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Time Warner Cable Programming, Inc., and the former President of Home Box Office.
The Almand R. Coleman Professorship of Business Administration honors Almand R. Coleman, a founding faculty member of the school. For 21 years, Mr. Coleman guided the area of management accounting and control with a firm insistence on professional standards of conduct by colleagues and students. This chair reinforces a memory of him that is indelible. The professorship, established by an anonymous donor, has been supplemented by the Class of 1960.
The Dale S. Coenen Professorship in Free Enterprise was made possible by Mr. Harry E. Figgie of Figgie International and The Figgie Foundation to support the area of finance.
The Distinguished Professorship of Business Administration was established by the Board of Visitors to be granted to a distinguished faculty member.
The Ethyl Corporation Professorship of Business Administration, established by the Ethyl Corporation, is to be held by an individual who is teaching a required course in the MBA degree program.
The Leslie E. Grayson Professorship in Business Administration was established in 2002 to honor retired Darden professor Leslie E. Grayson. The Chair was generously funded by over seventy of Professor Grayson’s friends and former students. Professor Grayson taught at Darden from 1971 to 1998 and among his many accomplishments were serving as the first director of the joint MBA/M.A. program in East Asian studies and as a founding faculty advisor of the International Business Society. The Chair allows Darden to hire a preeminent international business scholar to focus exclusively on international business issues. It has the distinction of being the first endowed international chair at the Darden School.
The Paul M. Hammaker Professorship of Business Administration honors Paul M. Hammaker, who served on the faculty of the School from 1962 to 1973, after achieving national recognition as president of Montgomery Ward. This chair is a lasting expression of the respect and gratitude accorded him by his students.
The Isadore Horween Research Professorship was established by Ralph Horween in honor of his father and in memory of his wife, Genevieve B. Horween, to attract and retain eminent scholars in the field of small manufacturing enterprises.
The Johnson and Higgins Professorship of Business Administration This professorship was established in honor of Henry W. Johnson and A. Foster Higgins of the firm of Johnson and Higgins, founded in 1845.
The Paul Tudor Jones II Research Professorship, established in 1996 in both the McIntire School of Commerce and the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, was created with a gift from Mr. Jones (College ‘76). The chair supports a professor who specializes in the technical analysis of financial and commodity markets and who exposes undergraduate and graduate business students to the concepts of this field. This professorship alternates between Darden and McIntire every three years.
The Killgallon Ohio Art Chair Professorship of Business Administration, funded by Martin L. Killgallon (MBA ‘72) and William C. Killgallon (TEP ‘76) , is one of several endowed professorships initiated as a result of the Batten Family Leadership Challenge. Created to honor their late father, W. C. Killgallon, a man described as dedicated to the pursuit of lifelong learning, the objective of this professorship is to attract and retain outstanding scholars in the field of business administration.
The Landmark Communications Professorship of Business Administration was established by Landmark Communications, Inc., a newspaper, radio, and television company based in Norfolk, Va.
The MacAvoy Professorship in Business Administration, established in November 1996, was made possible by Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. MacAvoy. Named in honor of Mr. MacAvoy’s family, the chair demonstrates a commitment to improving business education for future corporate leaders.
The MasterCard Professorship of Business Administration, funded by MasterCard International, allows a distinguished professor to create and integrate a climate of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit into the Darden curriculum.
The Henry E. McWane Professorship of Business Administration honors a former president of Lynchburg Foundry Company who served on the Board of Visitors from 1954 to 1962. Mr. McWane was one of the five original incorporators of the Darden School Sponsors and served as president of the Trustees from 1955 to 1958.
The Arthur J. Morris Professorship of Business Administration honors Arthur J. Morris, the banker and financier who created the Morris Plan and who established the Morris Plan Chair of Consumer Credit.
The Tayloe Murphy Professorship in Business Administration was established by an anonymous donor to honor the memory of W. Tayloe Murphy of Warsaw, Virginia, in recognition of his support for the University of Virginia’s Graduate School of Business Administration.
The Elis and Signe Olsson Professorship of Business Administration is dedicated to high concepts of integrity and ethical conduct in public and private life.
John Alden Purinton, Jr., Visiting Professorship in International Management was established by former faculty member John A. Purinton, Jr. After retiring as a Vice President of G.D. Searle International in Chicago, John Alden Purinton, Jr. served as a lecturer in international business management at Darden from 1976 to 1982. The professorship is used to attract non-tenure faculty or business executives with expertise and actual experience at the upper management level and who are focused on how to best lead and manage global operations. The intent of the fund is to provide new educational experiences relevant to today’s changing environment with a full commitment to the case pedagogy. Special emphasis is given to attract or retain current or retired business practitioners to the Darden faculty.
The Richard S. Reynolds Professorship of Business Administration honors Richard S. Reynolds, former president and chair of the Reynolds Metals Company, an illustrious and respected Virginia businessperson.
The Ruffin Professorship of Business Ethics was funded by the Ruffin Foundation to be given to a distinguished scholar of business ethics.
The Eleanor F. and Phillip G. Rust Professorship of Business Administration enriches instruction in the Graduate School of Business Administration with courses, seminars, or points of view that otherwise might not be available in the School. In furthering this purpose, persons from the business world as well as from the academic world shall be eligible for election.
The C. Stewart Sheppard Professorship of Business Administration was established to honor the second dean of the Darden School. Mr. Sheppard served as a member of the faculty from 1961 to 1972 and as dean from 1972 to 1980.
The Samuel L. Slover Research Professorship This professorship was made possible by a Leadership Challenge from the Batten Family. Its purpose is to attract and retain eminent scholars in the field of business leadership.
The Tipton R. Snavely Professorship of Business Administration honors Tipton R. Snavely, who, as chair of the James Wilson School of Economics and the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, made the first suggestion to establish the Graduate School of Business Administration and whose energy and imagination led to the creation of the Sponsors, the school’s founding organization.
The Sponsors Professorship of Business Administration was established by an anonymous donor and the Trustees of the Darden School Foundation.
The Ronald E. Trzcinski Professorship of Business Administration is named for a 1971 Darden alumnus, and was established by the Wuliger Foundation of Cleveland, Ohio, the philanthropic arm of Ohio Mattress Manufacturing Company.
The John Tyler Professorship of Business Administration honors the 10th president of the United States. Born in Virginia in 1790, Mr. Tyler served as Virginia’s governor and was a United States Senator, a member of the House of Representatives, a Virginia State Senator, and a member of Virginia’s House of Delegates. The Class of 1971 has supplemented this chair.
The United Technologies Corporation Professorship of Business Administration was established by the United Technologies Corporation in 1995 to support the school’s leadership and entrepreneurship programs. United Technologies employs over 220,000 people, operates in more than 180 countries, and is one of the largest corporations in the United States. Many members of the United Technologies management team have attended the Darden School, including George David, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of UTC. Mr. David was instrumental in the establishment of the UTC professorship. He is a 1967 Darden graduate, past member of the Darden School Foundation Trustees, and a participant in the school’s Distinguished Speakers Series.
Robert F. Vandell Research Professorship was established from the estate of Robert F. Vandell and gifts from faculty, alumni, and friends of Professor Vandell and the Darden School.
The James C. Wheat, Jr., Professorship of Business Administration honors James C. Wheat, Jr., who served as an active Sponsors trustee of the school from 1969 to 1978. Mr. Wheat was founding chairman of Wheat, First Securities, Inc., of Richmond.
The Oliver Wight Professorship of Business Administration was established by the Oliver Wight Continuing Trust for Manufacturing Professionalism with funds given by friends and business associates at the suggestion of Joan W. Wight, widow of Oliver Wight.
The J. Harvie Wilkinson, Jr., Professorship of Business Administration honors a former president of United Virginia Bankshares who served on the Board of Visitors from 1966 to 1970. Mr. Wilkinson was a founding member of the Darden School Sponsors and served as a trustee from 1952 to 1964.
The TVA Visiting Professorship was established in 1996 by the Tennessee Valley Authority, a Federal agency. The TVA’s primary focus was to produce academic research that provides public sector officials and private sector senior executives with a conceptual framework and a practical understanding of alternative public/private partnership structures that will forge mutually beneficial partnerships in the 21st century.
The TeleCable Chair was established in 1995 by Larry Brett (Class of 1979), Richard D. Roberts, Gordon Herring (Class of 1970), and Conrad M. Hall (Class of 1970) as part of the Batten Family Leadership Challenge. TeleCable Corporation built cable TV systems in 15 states and merged with Tele-Communications in 1995. Many members of the Darden community have ties with TeleCable Corporation including the chair’s benefactors and Frank Batten, Sr., who purchased TeleCable Corporation, his first cable franchise, in 1964.
Special - Endowed Gifts
John S. Alfriend Memorial Fund is a matching fund donated by the Sovran Bank and friends of Mr. Alfriend to be used at the Dean’s discretion for such purposes as the development of guest lectureships, case writing, and special research projects in areas of interest to the student body. The fund was established in 1974 to honor John Alfriend, the first Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Virginia National Bank. Through his personal dedication, the Darden School was started with strong financial support from the Virginia business community.
The Class of 1974 Reunion Darden Internship was established by the Class of 1974 at their twentieth reunion in 1994. The fund provides two annual stipends of equal value to supplement the summer salaries of two students interning in the non-profit/public sector.
The Class of 1974 Reunion Darden Internship Fund was established by the Class of 1979 at their fifth reunion in 1994. The endowment is for the Darden Internship Program.
The Class of 1987 G. Robert Strauss Marketing Award was established in 1989 by the members of the Class of 1987 in memory of their classmate, G. Robert Strauss, Jr. This award is given to a student who in his/her first year demonstrated innovative thinking, the ability to develop unique solutions to real world problems, flair and charisma in presenting ideas, proactive insight when challenging classmate’s viewpoints, compassion for his/her fellow students, solid skills at case analysis, and a requisite understanding of basic marketing concepts. The recipient exhibits the attributes of team spirit and a willingness to help other classmates, which suggests a well-balanced approach to the Darden experience.
The Dana R. Clyman Memorial Internship Fund was established in 2008 by Lisa Clyman and family and friends of Dana Clyman in his memory. Dana Clyman was an associate professor at Darden from 1992 until his untimely death in the fall of 2003. The fund provides financial assistance to first-year students pursuing summer internships in a non-profit or public service field. Students are responsible for securing their own internship position. The employer must make a contribution to the intern’s appointment (normally salary but may be in-kind) and the proposed position must offer the student the opportunity to develop the student’s managerial skills and apply the learning of the first year of the MBA program.
The Herman Crown Memorial Fund was established in 1965 by the Arie and Ida Crown Memorial. The fund initiated the operation of a College Investment League through which students actively participated in the decisions involving investment of the funds. The program was named after the late Herman Crown, the brother of Colonel Henry Crown who established the College Investment League at numerous colleges.
The Colgate Darden Trust was established by Mr. Colgate W. Darden, Jr. in 1971. Colgate Darden is the namesake of the Darden School and one of its earliest proponents. He served as delegate in the Virginia General Assembly, a Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives, Governor of Virginia, Chancellor of the College of William and Mary and President of the University of Virginia from 1947 to 1959.
The Darden Partners Association Fund was established in 2000 by William Utt (Class of 1984) to support the Darden Partners Association. The Darden Partners Association (DPA) is an active support group for spouses, families, and significant others of Darden students. The DPA helps new members make a smooth transition to Charlottesville and business school life through hospitality, job networking, family resources, community service, and social events.
The Entrepreneurial Studies Fund was established through the generosity of David C. Walentas (Class of 1964), his classmates, and other alumni interested in promoting the study of entrepreneurship at Darden. The gift funds a series of activities annually to expose Darden students to issues and prominent personalities associated with entrepreneurial business ventures. Some of these activities include an entrepreneurial speakers program and summer research by faculty, doctoral students, and research assistants on how to educate and motivate students in entrepreneurial studies.
The Bruce Lauritzen Unrestricted Endowment Fund was established in 2006 by Bruce Lauritzen, Class of 1967 alumnus and Darden School Foundation Trustee. Mr. Lauritzen is the Chairman of First National Bank of Omaha, its holding, First National of Nebraska, and Lauritzen Corporation. The fund is to be used at the discretion of Darden.
The Everard Meade Fund for Creativity was established by the Class of 1970 at their fifteenth reunion in recognition of Everard Meade, a retired Darden School Lecturer. The endowment provides scholarships to second year MBA students who have exemplified qualities of creative leadership and management and have demonstrated need. Additionally, the endowment allows for the designation of a national business figure to receive the Meade Award for Creative Management annually.
The Frederick S. Morton Awards were established in 1995 by John Sinwell in honor of Frederick S. Morton who taught at Darden from 1957 to 1989. This award is given to a second year MBA student in recognition of the student’s exceptional leadership within the Darden community. Leadership may be interpreted to include such academic activities as classroom and group project experiences as well as extracurricular activities involving Darden organizations. The award should highlight a student’s leadership, vision, and insight in expanding on or improving the Darden experience. Award recipients must be members of the graduating class. The second element of the award is the recipient’s selection of the teaching faculty member who best fostered the recipient’s leadership ability while at Darden by stimulating the recipient to act upon ideas for evolution and improvement.
The Robert & Suzanne Ranlet Dean’s Discretionary Fund was created in 1993 to be used at the Dean’s discretion for the benefit of the school.
Ruffin Lecture Series The series will bring leading scholars to the Darden School to give public lectures on business ethics. The lectures will be published, and manuscripts representing the best thinking in business ethics will be included in the monographs.
The C. Ray Smith Fund for Academic and Professional Excellence was established in 2002 by Darden alumni to honor and recognize the breadth of C. Ray Smith’s (Class of 1958) contribution to the Darden School and alumni. C. Ray Smith, Tipton R. Snavely Professor Emeritus of Business Administration, has generously given his time, energy, and talent to Darden for nearly 45 years in various capacities including as professor, Interim Dean on three occasions, Executive Director of the Darden School Foundation, Associate Dean for Executive Education, Associate Dean for MBA Education, Associate Dean for Administration and Darden School Foundation Trustee. The fund is used each year at the discretion of the Dean to fund the most pressing needs for people and programs of the Darden School.
The H. B. Turner Reading Fund was established in 1992, in honor of H.B. Turner, a visiting lecturer at Darden. The income of this fund is devoted to purchasing books for recreational reading that will entertain and broaden the perspectives of Darden students.
The Ukrop Family Values-Based Leadership Fund was established in 2000 by the Ukrop family to support the values-based leadership work of the Olsson Center. Robert S. Ukrop was a 1972 graduate of Darden. The fund provides for the development of students’ understanding and articulation of their own personal values.
The Unrestricted Endowment was established in 2003 to be used at the discretion of the Darden School.
Wachovia Award For Excellence established by Wachovia in 1982, supports any purpose approved by the governing body of the school. Through this fund, annual awards are given to recognize outstanding research or teaching materials developed by Darden faculty.
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The Batten Media Fellowship was established by media entrepreneur Frank Batten, Sr. in 1988. Frank Batten, Sr., was the chairman and CEO of Landmark Communications, Inc., a privately held media company based in Norfolk, Virginia, with newspaper, broadcast, telecommunications, and Internet marketing holdings. Mr. Batten was a graduate of the University of Virginia and both of his children are Darden graduates - Frank Batten, Jr., a 1984 graduate, and Dorothy Batten, a 1990 graduate. This fellowship is awarded to a candidate engaged in a career at newspapers or in other news gathering organizations with the goal of educating journalists in the practice of management. A candidate must be a full-time editorial or media employee with at least three years of experience, possess a strong interest in creating and/or leading media organizations after receiving an MBA, be a U.S. citizen, and qualify for regular admission to the Darden School. A special application must be obtained from Darden’s Office of Financial Aid and interviews will be conducted by the Director of Financial Aid and Senior Director of Communications. Contact Amanda Mills at email@example.com for the application and to schedule interviews.
The Kevin Bewley Memorial Scholarship was established in 1999 by members of the Class of 1999, together with the Bewley family, in honor of Kevin Bewley, a classmate who died during his second year at Darden. This award recognizes a second-year student who, like Kevin, has exhibited a strong commitment to the Darden and Charlottesville communities through a demonstrated record of leadership, service, and social action during his or her first year at Darden.
The Chesapeake MBA-Masters of Engineering Scholarship was established by the Chesapeake Corporation Foundation in Richmond, Virginia, this scholarship gives first preference to joint MBA-M.E. students and second preference to students who have a graduate engineering degree and the desire to put their engineering skills to work after receiving their MBA.
The James Su-Ting and Jeanette Wang Cheng Scholarship was established in 2006 by James Su-Ting Cheng (Class of 1987) and Jeanette Wang Cheng to attract the best and brightest students from East Asia to Darden. The scholarship is awarded to an incoming first-year who has accepted admission to Darden and will be renewed in the recipient’s second year as long as the student remains in good academic standing. The scholarship is awarded with first preference to a citizen of or first-generation American from Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, or Singapore and with second preference to a citizen of or first-generation American from other East Asian countries. Third preference is given to an admitted student who graduated from one of these country’s universities, was born there, or has lived in East Asia for more than 10 years.
The Cold Call Chronicle Scholarship was established in 2006 through periodic annual gifts by The Cold Call Chronicle, Darden’s student newspaper. The scholarship is awarded periodically to a rising second year student who has contributed the most to the school through his/her work with the Chronicle. Eligible students must have a first year cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Colgate W. Darden Scholarships are individually endowed scholarships established in 1981.
The Darden China Scholarship was made possible through the gifts of Darden’s Chinese alumni and Adjunct Professor, Larry Franklin. It is awarded to a top native Chinese candidate who is selected through the Darden China Scholarship Committee and the Darden First Year Scholarship Committee.
The Darden Faculty Scholarship was established in 1993 by the Darden faculty to support Darden students. The restrictions for the scholarship are decided by the faculty as a whole.
The James W. Davant-Paine Webber Scholarship was established in 1981 by Blyth Eastman Paine Webber of New York to honor their former Chairman, James W. Davant-Paine Webber, and to build a closer relationship with the Darden School. The scholarship is awarded to a deserving student in the MBA program at Darden.
The Evelyn Y. Davis Scholarship was established in 2008 by Evelyn Y. Davis, the nationally known shareholder advocate and the Evelyn Y. Davis Foundation. Evelyn Davis is the founder of Highlights and Lowlights, a financial newsletter that covers topics such as corporate governance, executive compensation, and shareholder rights. Once scholarship funds have built to be eligible, the scholarship will support studying at Darden.
The Francis G. Delano Fellowship was established in 1985 by the Delano family to honor Francis G. Delano. Delano was a farmer and businessman from the Northern Neck of Virginia. He worked as an oil distributor for 30 years, an operator of Delano Packing Company, Chief Executive Office and co-founder of People’s Oil Company, Inc. and he served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Northern Neck State Bank. The fellowship is awarded to a Darden student or a student associated with the Tayloe Murphy Center with preference given to students from the Northern Neck, then rural Virginia, and finally Virginia.
The Franklin Family Fellowship was established in 2002 by Dr. Carl Mason Franklin (Law ‘48), Dr. Sterling C. Franklin, Dr. Laurence D. Franklin and Wei-ching Kwong Franklin. Laurence Franklin is a visiting professor at Darden teaching courses on entry strategies in Asia Pacific and International Deal Making: Legal and Business Aspects. The scholarship is awarded to attract first year MBA students to Darden from the Asia Pacific region, and to help them with financial support while they are studying at Darden. The scholarship is awarded with first preference for students from Hong Kong, second preference to students from China or Taiwan, and final preference for students from the Asia Pacific geographic area. Preference is given for two fellowship awards of not less than $9,000, but more than two fellowships may be awarded each year.
The Col. James L. Fowler USMC Scholarship was established in April 2009 by Bob Hugin (Class of 1985) to honor his inspirational mentor from the Darden Class of 1960. This award will provide financial support to a student with military experience with preference given to a member or veteran of the Marine Corps or the Marine Corps Reserves. The recipient will receive full tuition plus a $5,000 per year stipend.
The Frank E. Genovese Scholarship for first year students was established in 1991 by Frank E. Genovese (Class of 1974). Frank Genovese is a visiting Darden lecturer, former Darden School Foundation Trustee, and a recipient of the Charles C. Abbott Award, the highest award Darden presents to outstanding alumni. Mr. Genovese, with his business partners, bought and reorganized five companies and he is currently the President of Rothbury Corporation, a Richmond-area investment company. These scholarships are awarded to attract the best and brightest admitted students to Darden. The scholarships may be full or partial scholarships as deemed appropriate by the Financial Aid Office for the payment of charges for tuition, fees, room, board or other reasonable educational expenses. The scholarship may be renewed in the student’s second year, contingent on the student’s continued good academic standing.
The Scott Gonge Virginia Fellowship provides opportunities for Danish and/or Thai students and scholars to participate in the graduate or doctoral programs of the UVa School of Law, Darden Graduate School of Business, Architecture School, or Graduate Arts and Sciences program in English Language and Literature. [Awarded through Jefferson Scholars Foundation]
The Gould Incorporated Fellowship was established in 1982 by Gould, Inc. which has hired numerous Darden graduates and several Darden faculty members who pursued case writing opportunities at Gould. The fellowship is awarded to deserving students.
The Henry Clay Hofheimer II Fellowship is for a candidate who is a resident of Virginia or North Carolina and a graduate of a Virginia or North Carolina college.
The Industrial Relations Counselors Scholarship was established in 1997 by the Industrial Relations Counselors, Inc. of New York City. IRC is a non-profit educational and research organization that was founded by John Rockefeller, Jr. The organization has a particular interest in increasing the opportunities for Asian students to expand their global business horizon by studying outside of Asia. A full-tuition scholarship is awarded to an incoming Asian national student on the basis of scholarship, leadership, and dedication to an international management career in Asia. The scholarship is renewable in the second year with satisfactory academic performance.
The International Business Society Scholarship was established in 1995 by the members of the International Business Society IBS is a student club at Darden that sponsors a variety of cultural and culinary activities. The scholarship is awarded to admitted students who are foreign nationals from an emerging nation in South America, Africa, Eastern Europe, or Southeast Asia, whose currency is not easily convertible to U.S. dollars.
The Lee R. Johnston Scholarship was established in 1998 by alumni, faculty, and friends of Darden and the family of Mr. Johnston. The scholarship honors Lee R. Johnston, one of Darden’s great professors, who served students, executives, and fellow faculty members for 33 years. He was a founding faculty member of Darden, the first Director of the Doctoral Program, and professor of finance, small business, and entrepreneurship courses. The scholarship is awarded to a second year MBA or doctoral student with a special interest in entrepreneurship.
The Thomas G. Labrecque Ethics Scholarship was established in 2004 by the Labrecque family to honor the career of Thomas G. Labrecque, who, throughout his career and life, emphasized the importance of ethics and leadership. Thomas G. Labrecque served in the Navy and built a career at Chase Manhattan Bank, becoming Chairman and CEO of the Chase Manhattan Corporation in 1990. He helped manage one of the largest mergers in banking history between Chase and Chemical Banking Corporation and assumed the position of President and COO of the merged entity until his retirement in 1999. This scholarship is awarded to a rising second year student who has demonstrated a commitment to ethics in business leadership through experiences previous to Darden, performance in the Darden first year ethics course, and leadership in the Darden community.
The Robert E. Lamb II Dean’s Scholarship was established in 2005 by Robert E. Lamb, II (Class of 1970). The scholarship is for two years and is awarded every other year to an incoming student who shows promise of success in business as determined by the Dean. The renewal in the second year is contingent upon the recipient meeting the conditions of satisfactory academic performance.
The Robert E. Lamb II Scholarship was established in 1999 by Robert E. Lamb, II (Class of 1970) as part of the Batten Challenge. The scholarship is awarded to a student with an entrepreneurial spirit. Preference is given to Americans. Awarded in alternate years.
Landmark Communications Incorporated Scholarship for students who have demonstrated academic excellence.
The Henry Wayne and Annie Griffin Lewis Scholarship was established in 1987 with a gift from Samuel A. Lewis, a former member of The Darden Foundation’s Board of Trustees, in honor of his parents, Henry Wayne and Annie Griffin Lewis. The scholarship is awarded to outstanding students at the Darden School.
The John Patterson Mast Memorial Scholarship was established in September of 1988 by Mrs. Louise Gilmer Mast, in honor of her late husband, John Patterson Mast. John Patterson Mast owned six Piggly Wiggly Super Markets in southwest Virginia and was elected President of the Virginia Dealers Association in 1966. The scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate financial need and were either born in or are current residents of twenty-two southwestern Virginia Counties: Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Craig, Dickenson, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Grayson, Henry, Lee, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, Roanoke, Russell, Scot, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, and Wythe.
The Edward May Scholarship was established in 1984 with a bequest from W. Peyton May in memory of her father Edward May, who graduated from the University of Virginia in 1877. The scholarship is awarded to outstanding students.
The Fred W. McWane Memorial Fund Fellowship was established in 1959 by Darden’s trustees with an initial gift from Colgate Darden. The fellowship honors one of the founders of the School for the scope and magnitude of his contributions. The scholarship is awarded at the Dean’s discretion.
The Henry E. McWane Scholarship was established in 1982 with a gift from the Lynchburg Foundry to honor their president, Henry McWane. Henry E. McWane was the first president of Darden’s Board of Trustees and served on the University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors. The scholarship is awarded to outstanding students.
Class of 1970- Everard Meade Fund for Creativity was established by members of the Class of 1970 at their fifteenth reunion in recognition of Everard Meade, a retired Darden School lecturer. The endowment provides scholarships to second year MBA students who have exemplified qualities of creative leadership and management and have demonstrated need. Additionally, the endowment allows for the designation of a national business figure to receive the Meade Award for Creative Management annually.
The Tayloe Murphy Scholarship was established in 1987 with gifts originally contributed for the Tayloe Murphy Professor of Business Administration. The scholarship was created by friends and family of Tayloe Murphy to honor the prominent banker and legislator. No restrictions are placed on the selection process by which deserving students are awarded scholarships.
Murphy Fund for International Study Established by James Byrne Murphy and P. Clarke Murphy to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students at the College of Arts and Sciences and to graduate business students at Darden who wish to study abroad either during the summer or during the academic year.
The Kenneth Nahigian Memorial Fellowship was established in 1982 by Kenneth Nahigian’s family, friends, and Darden alumni as a memorial. Kenneth Nahigian (Class of 1967) served as a class president at Darden and went on to become a highly successful and promising entrepreneur in real estate investment and management. The scholarship is awarded to second year Darden students of outstanding caliber and promise as well as demonstrated financial need.
The Marion M. and Samuel T. Pendleton Fellowship was established by the family of Marion M. and Samuel T. Pendleton. This fellowship of full tuition is awarded to worthy admitted candidates who are citizens of Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand or the United Kingdom including England, Scotland, Wales, and Hong Kong. The fellowship recipient will demonstrate high leadership and academic qualities and show a seriousness of purpose to serve his/her home country in the public or private sector.
The John B. Pipkin, II Scholarship was established in 2004 by Anne Hunter Pipkin Benson on behalf of her father, John B. Pipkin, II (Class of 1961). Mr. Pipkin worked for Nations Bank/Bank of America and Prometheus Partners. He served Darden as both a class agent and class secretary. Scholarships are awarded for one academic year and may be renewed for a subsequent year provided the recipient continues to meet the conditions of eligibility.
D. W. and G. B. Richardson Scholarship was originally established in 1956, this scholarship honors Douglas W. and George B. Richardson. Candidates must be from Virginia.
The William Richmond Scholarship was established in 2000 by William F. Richmond (Class of 1976) as part of the Batten Family Challenge. The scholarship is inspired by the late Fred L. W. Richardson, an atypical professor and astute judge of human behavior in both business and personal settings. This scholarship for students at the Darden School who have demonstrated academic excellence and an interest in entrepreneurship.
The Jack Ryan Scholarship was established in 2005 by Jack Ryan (Class of 1981). The scholarship is awarded to full-time first-year MBA students who have been admitted to Darden and exhibit academic excellence. The scholarship may be renewed for a second year.
The Roger H. Sherman Fund was bequeathed to Darden in 1976 by Lucille H. Sherman as a memorial to her husband Roger H. Sherman. A minimum scholarship of $2,500 is awarded to students who are held, or give promise of being held, in high esteem by the faculty and their fellow students and who give promise of becoming outstanding citizens.
The David and Jane Walentas Scholarship was established in 2005 by David Walentas (Class of 1964). The scholarship is awarded to first or second year MBA students who are enrolled at Darden and, show promise for success in business, and whose parents are not college graduates. As a first preference, the Walentas Scholarship will be awarded to a student whose mother nor father has a four-year college degree. As a second preference, the scholarship will be awarded to a student from a household where only one parent has a four-year college degree.
The William Wooding Sihler Scholarship was established in 2000 by Darden alumni in recognition of Professor Bill Sihler’s dedication to students and learning. The Sihler Scholarship(s) will be made without regard to need to candidates accepted for admission to the first year MBA program, whose academic record is above average and who have demonstrated entrepreneurial ability.
The Sydney F. Small Memorial Fellowship Fund is an endowed scholarship fund established with income from a trust bequeathed by a former and dedicated supporter of the Darden School.
Daniel Kerr Stewart Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in honor of Daniel Kerr Stewart by a generous gift of Jonathan Bryan III and C. M. Tribble of Richmond, Virginia. This fund is for second year students who have demonstrated academic excellence in their first year.
The Thomas I. Storrs Scholarship was established in 1982 by the North Carolina Bank in honor of Thomas I. Storrs, their former chairman and chief executive officer. Thomas Storrs has been associated with U.Va. as a student, trustee, and consistently ardent supporter. The one-year awards will be given to students who, like Thomas Storrs, exhibit the qualities of scholarship and leadership that will make them both effective businesspeople and humanitarians.
The Frederick and Kent Stow Abbott Scholarship was established in 2008 by Frederick Stow, Sr. (Class of 1958). Mr. Stow is president of the Houston-based Sheringham Corporation. Frederick Stow, with his father, is also the generous benefactor of Darden’s Isadore Horween Research Professorship, which honors Mr. Stow’s grandfather who founded the Horween Leather Company in 1905. Once enough scholarship funds have been given to the scholarship, it will be awarded to an MBA student who has been admitted to Darden, is a U.S. citizen, and is a resident of one of the lower 48 states west of a north/south line along the eastern borders of Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana.
The TEP Scholarship was established in 1988 by the Executive Education TEP Class of 1988 and then supported by the TEP Class of 1989. The scholarship provides financial support for deserving students in their pursuit of an MBA degree.
The Morton G. Thalhimer Fellowship was established in 1969 by the Neighborhood Theatre, Inc. and numerous associates of Morton G. Thalhimer to honor his 80th birthday and dedicated leadership of the company he founded. Morton Thalhimer owned and operated thirty-seven motion picture theaters in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia and was Chairman of Morton G. Thalhimer, Inc., a prestigious realtor firm in the southeast. Mr. Thalhimer served as a trustee for Darden beginning in 1955 when the school opened and continued for 11 years. The fellowship is awarded for the encouragement and assistance of a second-year student whose attitude exemplifies outstanding qualities of personal character and integrity - qualities so respected and exemplified by the man for whom the fellowship is named.
The Turner Family Scholarship was established in 1997 by the Turner Foundation. Christopher Turner (Class of 1991) was a Shermet Scholar at Darden and went on to work in Leveraged Finance and High Yield Capital Markets for Merrill Lynch in the New York and London offices. Mr. Turner left his position as Managing Director, High Yield Capital Markets at Merrill Lynch in 2004 to work at Barclays Capital where he is Managing Director in Leveraged Finance. The scholarship is awarded to a second year student who has shown strong academic achievement regardless of financial need. Preference is given to students with an interest in financial services.
Ernest and Patricia Wuliger Scholarship was established in 1986 by Gregory T. Wuliger, son of Ernest and Patricia Wuliger and friends of Ernest Wuiliger in honor of his 65th birthday. Ernest Wuliger was Chairman of the Board of Ohio Mattress Company, which became the Sealy Corporation in 1990. The scholarship is awarded periodically as funds are available to students who show promise of significant academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.
Class of 1957 Charles C. Abbott Scholarship was established in 1987 by members of the Class of 1957, Darden’s first graduating class, at their thirteenth reunion in honor of Darden’s first Dean, Charles Abbot. The chief contributors to the scholarship are Peter Fisher, Tyson Janney, Stuart Quarngesser, and Harvie Fitzgerald. The scholarship covers full tuition and fees for a Darden student and is awarded for two years. The second year is conditional on satisfactory progress in the first-year academic program. Applications for the scholarship should be truly unique to the candidate pool and should offer the potential to bring to the classroom an unusual or extraordinary work or public service experience from a non-traditional sector. He or she may even emulate the “Maverick” spirit that characterized the first Dean as well as Class of 1957.
Class of 1958 Charles C. Abbott Scholarship was established in 1987 by the Class of 1958 to honor the memory and educational philosophy of the Darden School’s founding Dean Charles C. Abbott. Charles Abbott, a Harvard University faculty member, was a consultant to the Darden School Sponsors as they laid plans for the school in the 1950s. He subsequently was recruited to the Darden deanship. Mr. Abbott founded Darden’s short-course programs for working executives and helped establish the Tayloe Murphy Institute before retiring in 1972. He died in 1986. The scholarship is awarded based on academic excellence, character, and most importantly, diversity in professional practice.
Class of 1962 Reynolds C. “Bucky” Siersema Memorial Scholarship was established in 1987 by members of the Class of 1962 at their twenty-fifth reunion to honor Bucky Siersema. The chief contributors and volunteers for the scholarship were Jim Dunton, John Kennedy, Ron Melnik, Howard Lawrence, Allen Staats, and Jerry Wilmot. The scholarship is awarded to outstanding second year students.
Class of 1965 Scholarship Fund was established in 1985 by members of the Class of 1965 at their twentieth reunion. The award is for one or more scholarships to be awarded annually to enrolled MBA students.
Class of 1967 Scholarship was established in 1987 by members of the Class of 1967 at their twentieth reunion. The chief donors and volunteers for the gift were Thayer Bigelow, Jim Campbell, Lou Ives, Hugh Key, Tom Saunders, and Bo Smith. The class identified three potential uses for the scholarship - support for the MBA/M.A. in Asian Studies program, creation of an Abbott Scholarship, or to provide a scholarship to a Virginia minority student who plans to stay in the state after graduation.
Class of 1968 William E. Fisher Memorial Scholarship was established in 1987 by Donaldson, Lufkin, Jenrette and the Class of 1968 in memory of their deceased employee and classmate, William R. Fisher. The scholarship is awarded to outstanding students at the Darden School.
The Class of 1972 Scholarship was established in 1987 by the Class of 1972, at their fifteenth reunion, the Killgallon Family Foundation, and the Ohio Art Company. The chief donors and volunteers for the gift were Bobby Ukrop, Larry Killgallon, Tim Dietz, Lewis Miller, Bubba Morgan, Lee Tawes, C.O. North, and Bill Young. The scholarship is awarded to outstanding students.
The Class of 1972 Twentieth Reunion Scholarship was established in 1992 by members of the Class of 1972 as their twentieth reunion gift. The scholarship is awarded to outstanding students.
The Class of 1974 Fred Richardson Scholarship was established in 1988 by members of the Class of 1974 in memory of a true gentleman, Fred Richardson. Prior to his retirement, Fred Richardson served Darden for 14 years as a professor teaching courses on organizational behavior and the application of behavioral sciences to executive leadership and understanding the rhythms of work. He was founding father of the Society for Applied Anthropology and was honored as the recipient of the Malinowski award for career achievement in 1988. The scholarship is awarded with preference to students with hearing or physical impairments.
The Class of 1977 Scholarship was established in 1986 by members of the Class of 1977. Chief donors and volunteers for the campaign were Irving Groves, David and Nancy Webb, and Robert Gary. The scholarship is awarded to a second year student.
The Class of 1982 Scholarship was established in 1987 by the Class of 1982. Chief volunteers/donors from the Class of 1982 for the gift were David Graham, David Kelso, and Connee Sullivan. Lee Disharoon, CEO of Monumental Corporation, was also a key benefactor at the behest of John Reilly (Class of 1982). The scholarship is awarded annually to a second-year student.
The Class of 1986 Peter J. Niehaus Memorial Scholarship was established in 1986 by members of the Class of 1986 and faculty and friends to honor Peter J. Niehaus, who died during spring break of his second year. The scholarship is need-based and is intended to honor a member of the second year class who, throughout his or her first year, was distinguished by an ability to promote a supportive, relaxed, and amiable atmosphere at Darden while achieving academic excellence.
The Darden School was founded with the dual mission of developing leaders in the world of practical affairs through a full-time MBA program and professional graduate-level development through Executive Education. Darden continues the nearly 60-year tradition of educating professionals via open-enrollment and customized programs, corporate university design, consortia and unique industry-specific and association partnerships. Each year, successful executives from virtually every industry participate in Darden programs to enhance their management and leadership skills, attain the tools and mindsets to help drive their organizations’ visions and learn to help move their businesses toward sustainable growth. Year after year, these participants rank Darden Executive Education as a top-five global provider of programs in the annual Financial Times rankings.
Designed with an emphasis on understanding and analyzing current business challenges, Darden open-enrollment programs cover topics in the areas of Advanced and General Management, Leadership and Change, Marketing and Sales, Financial Excellence, Innovation and Operations Excellence, Strategy, Growth and Influence. On average, Executive Education welcomes 63 new business representatives to Charlottesville and the Darden School each year, helping to mature relationships that extend across the enterprise and Grounds.
Professionals may earn a Certificate of Specialization following three tracks of study in Executive Education:
- Certificate in Leadership
- Certificate in Management
- Distinguished Certificate in General Management
Certificates are non-degree and are earned by completing the required four weeks of programs in a four-year period.
Darden programs attract executives from around the world and have been delivered in international locations including Australia, Bahrain, China, Dubai, Israel, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Vietnam and the United Kingdom. To learn more, contact us: +1.434.924.3000 ∙ Darden_Exed@darden.virginia.edu ∙ www.darden.virginia.edu/exed.
The Darden School: The Darden Graduate School of Business Administration is located on the North Grounds, about a mile from the central University Grounds, as part of a graduate-professional complex that also includes the Law School and the Judge Advocate General’s School. Darden’s Goodwin Grounds include the Abbott Center, Saunders Hall, the Camp Library and student services building, twin office and classroom buildings, a parking garage, and the Inn at Darden and gatehouse, used extensively for executive education and the School’s MBA for Executives. The Inn at Darden offers 180 private bedrooms, as well as additional classrooms, meeting rooms, a fitness center and recreation rooms.
Computer Facilities: The Darden School has a state-of-the-art technology infrastructure. All classrooms have power and network access for each student seat and are equipped with large-screen projection systems. Students are required to purchase a laptop computer when they enter Darden. A walk-up service desk is located next to the classrooms for students to work directly with technicians.
Access to the network is accomplished through both traditional wired connections and wireless access points. Students have the capability to connect from virtually anywhere on Darden Grounds including the classrooms, computing labs, library, and café. Free VPN capability is also available for remote users.
The school provides interactive access to many databases and information services, such as Dow Jones News Retrieval, Bloomberg, DRI, and Compustat. Students can access the school’s e-mail system remotely for electronic mail and course-related materials. The school’s portal, myDarden, provides easy access to information systems that support all aspects of student life, including course pre-registration and add-drop, career services, announcements, curriculum resources and a community calendar.
Darden is host to a full-sized, professionally equipped video production studio designed to facilitate faculty pedagogical aims through digital video and audio, both internally for classroom instruction and externally as marketed case-study video and multimedia products. Video content is produced and acquired at Darden or “in-the-field” as the project dictates. Material gathered can then be assigned to Darden’s in-house digital editing facility to be professionally edited and encoded to one of many digital formats, including Web-accessible streaming and audio/video podcasting, for further processing and distribution as necessary. The Abbott Center Auditorium can also serve as a video production facility with multiple broadcast-grade video cameras and audio systems designed to capture large-scale student, faculty, or UVa community educational and social presentations. Professional-quality, high-bandwidth video and audio conferencing can be facilitated to and from the studio, Abbott Center Auditorium, or any of 18 electronically connected classrooms. Supported student services include video conferencing, available throughout the Darden academic building and in the Career Services area to support student projects and interviews, digital video editing, with equipment available to Darden students in the Library, and video acquisition/still camera equipment available for checkout in the Classroom Support area. A host of support staff is on hand to help with any classroom or video-related project or question.
Darden’s Student Information Systems is comprised of Admissions, Career Services, Class Registration, and Alumni Services. These four software modules were developed and written in-house by the administrative staff and the Darden Solutions technology department. These systems have proven so successful that seventeen top-tier business and professional schools have licensed one or more of these systems for their own use.
Information technology is highly integrated into the Darden curriculum. First year students make heavy use of the spreadsheet, word processing, data analysis, and presentation graphics software installed on their notebook computers. Use of computers in both the first and second years is designed to provide an understanding of the role of information technology in information-gathering and decision-making contexts.
Library: The Camp Business Library of the Darden School is a research library that provides vital support to students in their course work, classroom preparation, research projects, and career search. The library has a current collection of materials that is focused on business and the social sciences. It contains basic reference works, a broad selection of business and public affairs periodicals, selected government documents, and statistical resources, as well as access to over 150 electronic databases. The collection includes unique subscriptions to 600 business journals and electronic access to thousands of journals through library databases. The collection includes 125,000 volumes and 300,000 items in microform collection. The library staff is headed by a professional librarian and a reference librarian who are both members of the Darden faculty. The librarians and library staff are available to assist students with the development of research strategies and the use of information services that are available at the Darden library and other UVa libraries.
More than 85 percent of Darden students obtain loans to finance all or part of the cost of their Darden education. Loans are available to enrolled graduate students and range from short-term emergency loans to long-term loans intended to finance major educational costs. Loan money is available to all students who qualify for it, and prospective students should not be deterred from applying for admission if they are willing to undertake long-term loans. For further information, contact the Darden School Financial Aid Office, (434) 924-7739.
Olsson Center for Applied Ethics
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The Olsson Center for Applied Ethics, an international leader in the field of business ethics, serves as a critical resource for scholars, students, and Darden alumni focused on connecting business and ethics. It is widely recognized as one of the top centers for the study of business ethics in the world.
The Olsson Center has a dual mission: to be one of the leading sources of thinking about the role of ethics in business and to enhance the intellectual life of the University of Virginia by contributing to a University-wide conversation about the role of ethics in modern society. The mission is reflected in the Olsson Center’s current initiatives: (1) Ethics and Values in Student Life, (2) Teaching Business Ethics, and (3) Incorporating Ethics at Darden.
Additionally, the Olsson Center holds nationally recognized academic gatherings – including the Ruffin Series in Business Ethics, hosts the Olsson Fellows – a group of distinguished scholars who work jointly on research projects with Olsson faculty, supports Darden’s Ph.D. degree program in Management with an emphasis on Business Ethics, and partners with other organizations, such as the Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics, on initiatives such as The Project on Public Trust in Business.
History In 1966 the Elis and Signe Olsson family of West Point, Virginia, founded an agency to focus on “efforts to improve standards of behavior in both public and private business” at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business Administration. Over the past three decades, the Olsson Center has helped heighten the awareness of ethical and moral issues in business.
Faculty Awards for Academic Excellence
Approved by the faculty in 1980, these awards are open to students in both program formats and recognize contributions to the MBA program of those students who demonstrate outstanding academic performance throughout their entire career at the School. Selection is to be based solely on a student’s cumulative academic performance in the MBA Program, and the award is presented to the top 10 percent of the graduating class as determined by their cumulative grade-point average. Recipients of the Faculty Awards for Academic Excellence will be formally acknowledged at Darden School’s Final Exercises. Academic performance is determined by the Registrar in consultation with the chair of the Academic Standards Committee.
Samuel Forrest Hyde Memorial Fellowship
Each year, the faculty shall award by vote the Samuel Forrest Hyde Memorial Fellowship to the student who has successfully completed his or her first year at Darden and who has contributed most to the welfare of the School during that year and, by personality and devotion to the objectives of the School, shows the greatest promise of achieving a useful career. The award is open to students in the Full-Time Format Program and will entitle the recipient to the income of the Hyde Fund without regard to financial need.
The Hyde Fellowship will be voted by the faculty at its first meeting of the academic year (normally, late August or early September) based on a nomination presented by the chair of the First-Year Program Committee (FYPC).
A Hyde Fellowship Subcommittee of the FYPC shall consist of the chair of the FYPC (Chair) and the faculty who serve as first-year section coordinators during the year. The subcommittee shall accept nominations through two processes. In late April, the Chair shall make an open invitation for written nominations from the faculty, staff, and first-year students. In addition, at the end of the spring semester each first-year section faculty member may nominate up to two candidates. Over the summer, the subcommittee shall gather data and opinions from faculty, staff, and students in the Darden community and deliberate on the candidates. The subcommittee shall propose its nominee to the FYPC in the first week of the fall semester. The FYPC shall vote on the final Hyde nominee using its procedures and voting rules.
Frederick S. Morton Leadership Award
This award is given to a second year MBA student in recognition of the student’s exceptional leadership within the Darden community. Leadership may be interpreted to include such academic activities as classroom and group project experiences as well as extracurricular activities involving Darden organizations. The award should highlight a student’s leadership, vision, and insight in expanding on or improving the Darden experience. Award recipients must be members of the graduating class. The second element of the award is the recipient’s selection of the teaching-faculty member who best fostered the recipient’s leadership ability while at Darden by stimulating the recipient to act upon ideas for evolution and improvement.
Current administrative practice is as follows: Nominations for the award shall be made to the Leadership Award Selection Committee during the spring semester of each year. Nominations for the award shall be made by Darden students, faculty, and administrative staff in the form of a letter to the Leadership Award Selection Committee, which shall normally include the chair of the Student-Faculty Committee, the director of Career Services, the director of Student Affairs, the Associate Dean for MBA Education, and two additional faculty members appointed by the Dean. The nomination letter shall contain evidence to support the nominee’s qualifications for the award. Selection of the award recipient shall be based on the data provided to the Leadership Award Selection Committee in the nomination letters.
The award shall be presented to the student recipient at the School’s annual graduation exercises. The student recipient shall choose the faculty recipient over the summer, and the latter shall be recognized in the fall.
C. Stewart Sheppard Distinguished Service Award
An honorary award established by the Darden School Foundation, the C. Stewart Sheppard Distinguished Service Award is open to students in all three MBA program formats and recognizes Darden students for exceptional service to the School or the University of Virginia that is of a nonacademic nature. Service is to be interpreted broadly to mean all activities that benefit the School or any of its constituencies, other than those activities that occur in the classroom during regularly scheduled classes.
Current administrative practice is as follows:
Recipients of the award shall be determined by the C. Stewart Sheppard Distinguished Service Award Committee, appointed by the Associate Dean for MBA Education. The committee shall include two students, three faculty members (including the chair of the First-Year Program Committee and the chair of the MBA Advisory Committee), and the director of Student Affairs, who shall serve as chair. On behalf of the committee, during the spring semester the chair shall solicit nominations (in the form of a letter) from Darden students, faculty, and staff.
The nomination letter shall contain evidence to support the nominee’s qualifications for the award. All Darden students who are in good academic standing at the end of the spring semester (i.e., not under the jurisdiction of the Academic Standards Committee) are eligible to receive the award. Selection of the recipients shall be based on the data provided to the committee by Darden students, faculty, and staff. In the case of second-year students who received the award as first-year students, the second-year nominations shall be based on second-year activities only.
The number of awards given each year shall be determined by the committee. The award shall be presented to second-year recipients at the School’s annual graduation ceremony. The award shall be presented to first-year recipients (rising second years) at the time the Hyde and Shermet awards are announced (the beginning of the fall semester). The names of the C. Stewart Sheppard Distinguished Service Award recipients shall be included in the Darden School Final Exercises program (at the time of each recipient’s graduation).
William Michael Shermet Award
Each year the faculty shall give the William Michael Shermet Award to the student or students who have demonstrated academic excellence in the first-year program and who, by their determination and constructive attitude and service, have provided an example of responsible competitive spirit for their classmates. This award is open to students in the Full-Time Format Program.
Current administrative practice is as follows:
At the end of each quarter of a required First-Year course, the faculty member will submit no more than three candidates as nominees for the Shermet Award. These candidates will be nominated based on their determination and constructive attitude, and their responsible competitive spirit. If possible, these students should be identified before their written exams are graded. All First-Year Program teaching faculty will be required to submit these names.
All faculty teaching First-Year Electives will also be required to submit no more than three names for each of their sections of elective courses.
At the end of the First Year, grade point averages for required courses will be calculated for all students who have successfully completed the First-Year Program. The top 10% will automatically be considered as nominees for the Shermet Award. In addition, those students nominated at least once by the individual faculty members will be considered nominees.
At a meeting of the entire First-Year Faculty in August, the nominees will be discussed and at most 15 will be selected as winners of the Shermet award, taking into account both academic performance as indicated by grade point average and determination, constructive attitude, and competitive spirit as indicated by their individual faculty nominations. The August meeting will be led by the chair of the First-Year Program Committee.
G. Robert Strauss Marketing Award
This award is presented annually by the marketing faculty to a student who, in his or her first year, has demonstrated (1) innovative thinking, (2) the ability to develop unique solutions to real world problems, (3) flair and charisma in presenting ideas, (4) provocative insight when challenging classmates’ viewpoints, (5) compassion for fellow students, (6) solid skills at case analysis, and (7) a requisite understanding of basic marketing concepts. The ideal candidate will exhibit the attributes of team spirit and a willingness to help other classmates, suggesting a well balanced approach to the Darden experience. This award is open to students in the Full-Time Format Program.
Current administrative practice is as follows:
Toward the end of the academic year, the Marketing faculty will accept nominations from both students and faculty. Each nomination must be presented as a one-page note citing the nominee, the nominator, and a brief paragraph explaining why the nominator believes that the nominee deserves the award. The Marketing faculty will then select three or four of the nominees to compete for the award. Should a selected student decline to participate, no replacement will be chosen.
The selected students will each be given the same case, chosen by the Marketing faculty, and will be required to make a 30-minute oral presentation to a judging panel of three or five Marketing professors. The presentations will be open to students, faculty, and alumni, and may also be videotaped for later viewing by students, faculty, and alumni.
The judges will rate each student, on a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high), on how well the presentation meets the nominating criteria. After all of the students have made their presentations, the scores will be totaled. The student with the highest score will be declared the winner. In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined by a majority vote of the judging panel.
The winner will be announced by the Dean at First Coffee on the first day of second-year classes. The winner will receive a small cup or plaque, will have his or her name engraved on the Strauss Cup (which will be kept at the Darden School), and will receive a check for half of the income earned on the Strauss Cup fund from the previous year.
MBA for Executives Faculty Award
The award is given to a member of the graduating MBA for Executives class whose attitude and high engagement contributed positively to a classroom experience that reflected a supportive and equitable learning environment and an integrated, enterprise perspective.
The Selection Committee will consist of the Associate Dean of the MBA for Executives Program and Core Term Faculty Leaders. The Assistant Dean of the MBA for Executive program will serve as a non-voting member. A call for nominations will be made by the Associate Dean of the MBA for Executives Program to the Core and Elective MBA for Executives faculty.
The Darden School Foundation
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The supportive relationship between the school and the Darden School Foundation began with the initiative of the southern business leaders who, under the guidance of former University President Colgate W. Darden, Jr., secured the initial endowment funds necessary to found the school in the early 1950s.
Today, the role of the foundation continues as a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation that manages current endowment funds for the exclusive benefit of the Darden School, operates the school’s prominent executive education programs, and promotes the support of the school by alumni, friends, and corporations. An elected Board of Trustees works closely with the Foundation President and Senior Associate Dean for External Relations, to manage the Foundation.
Funds provided annually to the school contribute to all phases of life at Darden. The Darden School’s rapid rise to prominence on the strength of its MBA, MBAE, GEMBA, and Executive Education programs is, in large part, due to the initial and continuing generosity of the many alumni, friends, and corporations who support the Darden School Foundation.
The Darden School Alumni
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Darden recognizes that its greatest strength lies in the success and involvement of its alumni. Since the first class graduated in 1957, Darden has relied on its alumni to assist the School in a variety of ways. Today Darden has more than 13,000 alumni from the MBA and TEP programs, and is renowned for the strength of its alumni network.
The continuing interests of Darden alumni in the affairs and governance of the School and with fellow alumni and students are fostered by the Darden Alumni Association, which is managed by the Office of Alumni Association Relations and the Alumni Board. The board is the leadership body of the Alumni Council—all volunteers for the school—including chapter leaders, class agents, class secretaries and others who serve on committees for student recruitment, career development, corporate relations, and fundraising. There are 43 alumni chapters worldwide.
Alumni activities are organized by chapters in the U.S. and abroad. Volunteers in each chapter plan events for alumni, prospective students, and friends of Darden, with support from the Alumni Relations Office. Darden faculty travel to alumni events, presenting current research and discussing business topics relevant to their work. Darden also organizes two major alumni events on Grounds each year: Alumni Reunion is held in April, followed by Alumni Leadership Roundtable in the fall.