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Darden Graduate School of Business Administration

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The Darden Graduate School of Business Administration owes its existence to the energy and interest of a group of bankers and business people from Virginia and neighboring states, who formed a Sponsoring Committee to assist in the organization of a graduate school of business administration.

By 1954, the Sponsoring Committee had established an endowment, and the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia appropriated additional funds. Meanwhile, a faculty committee of the University recommended that the school be established, and on March 19, 1954, the University Senate voted a like recommendation. On April 9, the Board of Visitors adopted the following resolution:

“Resolved by the Board of Visitors of the Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia that a graduate School of Business Administration be and it is hereby created as a separate School of the University.”

Since 1955, the school has grown in size, in the scope of its curriculum, and in the geographical diversity of its influence. As the reputation of the school continues to broaden, it maintains a balance in its commitment to Virginia and the South, as well as to the national and international business communities.

On July 1, 1974, it became The Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration of the University of Virginia. Colgate Whitehead Darden, Jr., preeminent statesperson and educator from the State of Virginia, was Governor of Virginia from 1942 through 1946 and served as President of the University of Virginia from 1947 until 1959.

Mr. Darden was one of the prime forces in the creation of a graduate business school at the University of Virginia and remained an active supporter of the school through its development.

The school is proud to bear the name of this remarkable man.


Darden Graduate School of Business Administration
100 Darden Boulevard
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
(434) 924-3900



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 Sponsors Executive Residence Center and gatehouse, used extensively for executive education. The Sponsors Executive Residence Center 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 are 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.


The Darden School Foundation

The supportive relationship between the school and the Darden School Foundation began with the initiative of those 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, many of them Darden alumni, manage the foundation’s affairs and give freely of their time and advice, providing an important link between the academic and business communities.

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 both its M.B.A. and Executive Education programs is, in large part, due to the initial and continuing generosity of the many alumni, friends, and corporations who comprise the Darden School Foundation membership.


The Darden School Alumni

As Darden closes its 50 th anniversary celebration, it recognizes that its greatest strength lies in the success and involvement of its alumni. Ever 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 7,800 alumni from the M.B.A. program, 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 is fostered by the Darden Alumni Association, which is managed by the Office of Alumni 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 38 alumni chapters worldwide.

Alumni activities are organized by region in the U.S. and abroad. Volunteers in each region 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 each year: Alumni Reunion Weekend is held in April, followed by Alumni Leadership Training Weekend in the fall.

The Alumni Office also works with the other University of Virginia Alumni Association and the university’s other graduate school alumni associations.

Executive Education



Batten Institute

The Batten Institute is a center of excellence at the Darden Graduate School of Business that facilitates research and education in entrepreneurship and corporate innovation. Established in 1999, the Institute facilitates the development of applied research, publications, teaching materials, curricula, and numerous outreach programs related to entrepreneurship and corporate innovation. The Institute is intended to serve as a nexus of practitioners and scholars whose interest in fostering new, practical knowledge regarding entrepreneurship and corporate innovation will enhance the Darden School’s position of thought leadership and academic preeminence. Recent examples of the Batten Institute’s programs and research include the Innovation Challenge, the Darden Incubator, the Organic Growth Initiative, and the development of The Good to Great Experience teaching module with author Jim Collins.

Tayloe Murphy Center

The Tayloe Murphy Center is an affiliated agency of the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.

Overview The Tayloe Murphy Center develops and promotes relationships with Virginia businesses, fosters international educational and corporate partnerships, and conducts research that benefits the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Center encourages successful growth of Virginia-based businesses within the state and around the world by developing and implementing educational programs and research projects. It also aims to increase the visibility of the Darden School in Virginia and further its role as a supporter of state economic development.

Northern Virginia Center Darden’s Northern Virginia Center focuses on developing research opportunities for Darden faculty and students with Virginia companies. In Northern Virginia, the Tayloe Murphy Center is increasing Darden’s partnership with local Virginia corporations through new case studies, student internships, and business projects for Darden students. These projects are divided among U.S. and international locations, with almost half of them focused on Virginia companies. The Center develops and promotes the Darden Business Insights Series in Northern Virginia, which features Darden Faculty presentations as a community service to local business leaders and alumni. The Center is an affiliate member of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, which has membership of more than 1,200 high-technology Virginia companies. The center is also a member of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association. The Northern Virginia office is furthering Tayloe Murphy’s outreach into the community. Activities include the creation of VaRoom, a portal to aid the growth and development of Virginia businesses; involvement with local organizations and the development of educational programs targeting Virginia business.

International For more than a decade, the Tayloe Murphy Center has served as the focal point for international activities at Darden. The Center 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. Through its educational activities, the Center seeks to improve the Commonwealth’s international trade.

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 to share their experiences, knowledge, and perspectives.

History The Tayloe Murphy Center 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.” Other individuals and organizations contributed to the Center, which began with a mandate of furthering the commercial and economic development of Virginia businesses. Although the Tayloe Murphy Center has evolved over time, it still strives to fulfill that original mandate.


Olsson Center for Applied Ethics

An international leader in the field of business ethics, the Olsson Center for Applied Ethics serves as a critical resource for executives, scholars, students, and Darden alumni who are faced with the challenges of integrating ethical thinking into business decision-making. It is ranked among the top academic centers for the study of ethics.

Center Activities

  • Teaching Business Ethics at the Darden School.
  • A Ph.D. degree program in Management with an emphasis on Business Ethics.
  • Ruffin Lectures: nationally recognized, two-day biannual academic seminars published as the Ruffin Series in Business Ethics.
  • Editorial responsibilities for the Encyclopedic Dictionary of Business Ethics published by the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management.
  • Visiting Scholar’s Program: Olsson Fellows and scholars from around the world spend from one week to one semester at the Olsson Center working on joint research projects with Center members.
  • Publications for academics and practitioners.
  • Case studies in business ethics, health care ethics, and environmental ethics.
  • Development of joint ethics programs with the School of Medicine, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.
  • Presentation of lectures on applied ethics issues worldwide.
  • Grants and proposals, including three NSF grants with engineering faculty on ethical issues on environmental design, and a program in technology and ethics.
  • Involvement with the University-wide Institute for Practical Ethics.
  • Advisor for student-directed Values Based Leadership initiative.

Administration The Co-Directors of the Olsson Center are R. Edward Freeman, Elis and Signe Olsson Professor of Business Administration, and Andrew C. Wicks, Associate Professor of Business Administration. The Center’s programs are conducted by the Directors and Senior Fellows from universities and business corporations. This combination of educators and executives ensures that Center programs and projects remain relevant to scholars, students, alumni, and other executives.

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.


Endowed Chairs and Special Gifts

Endowed Chairs

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. This research chair was formely 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 support an outstanding research scholar.

The E. Thayer Bigelow Research Professorship in Business Administration is designed to attract and retain eminent scholars in the field of business administration. It was made possible through the generosity of Mr. E. Thayer Bigelow, Jr., and is one of several professorships initiated by the Batten Family Leadership Challenge. 

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 M.B.A. degree program.

The Leslie E. Grayson Professorship in Business Administration was funded by alumni and friends to recognize the many contributions to the Darden School by Leslie E. Grayson, who served on its faculty since 1971. The objective of this professorship is to attract and retain outstanding scholars in the field of international business.

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 alternated between Darden and McIntire every three years.

The Killgallon Ohio Art Chair Professorship of Business Administration, funded by Martin L. Killgallon (M.B.A. ‘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 funded by former faculty member John A. Purinton, Jr., to attract faculty with international business experience.

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 suggestions 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 funded by the company to support Darden’s leadership and entrepreneurship programs.

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.

Special Gifts

John S. Alfriend Memorial Fund A matching fund donated by the Sovran Bank and friends of Mr. Alfriend for the development of guest lectureships, case writing, and special research projects.

The Everard Meade Fund for Creativity Established by the Class of 1970 in honor of Everard Meade, retired Darden School lecturer and alumni secretary. Income from the fund supports an annual Meade Award for Creative Leadership to a national business figure and the Class of 1970 Scholarship for Creative Management.

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.

Wachovia Award For Excellence The Wachovia Award for Excellence, established by the Wachovia Corporation, recognizes outstanding research or teaching materials developed by Darden faculty.


Student Awards

Faculty Awards for Academic Excellence Approved by the faculty in 1980, this award recognizes contributions to the M.B.A. 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 M.B.A. Program. 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 Award for Academic Excellence will be formally acknowledged at Darden 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 award the Samuel Forrest Hyde Memorial Fellowship to the student who has successfully completed his or her first year at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration of the University of Virginia 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 entitles the recipient to the income of the Hyde fund without regard to financial need.  Current administrative practice is as follows:  

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.

The Hyde Fellowship shall be announced to the Darden Community as soon as practicable after it is voted. The name of the Hyde Fellowship recipient and the award citation shall be included in the Darden School Final Exercises program.

Frederick S. Morton Leadership Award This award is given to a second year M.B.A. 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 to recognize Darden students for exceptional service to the School or the University of Virginia of a nonacademic nature. Service is 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. Award recipients are generally members of the graduating class. Recipients of the award are determined by the C. Steward Sheppard Distinguished Service Award Committee, appointed by the Associate Dean for M.B.A. 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.

Current administrative practice is as follows:  At the end of the spring semester, each first-year section faculty shall meet to submit their nominations for the Shermet award. Each first-year section faculty shall designate a maximum of two “automatic” Shermet recipients and a maximum of two “pool” candidates from their spring section. The first-year teaching faculty shall collectively designate a maximum of five Shermet recipients from the pool of up to ten candidates created by the first-year section faculty, without regard to spring-section origin.

This process shall produce a maximum of fifteen Shermet awards. A maximum of ten of the recipients shall be spring-section-specific; five may be chosen from the at-large pool. A given spring section could thus have a maximum of four or a minimum of two award recipients. The final selection of the award recipients shall be made by the First-Year Program Committee at a meeting to be held after the submission of all first-year final grades.

The awards shall be announced to the Darden Community as soon as practicable after the beginning of the fall semester. Prior to this general announcement, the names of award recipients shall be communicated to the Darden faculty confidentially. The names of the award recipients, and the award citation, shall be included in the Darden School Final Exercises program.

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 realworld 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 wellbalanced approach to the Darden experience.

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 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 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.


Master of Business Administration Program


Office of M.B.A. Admissions
Darden Graduate School of Business Administration
100 Darden Boulevard
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
(434) 924-7281
(800) UVA-MBA-1

Application Candidates are encouraged to visit the Darden admissions website to obtain detailed information on admissions procedures and requirements, apply on-line or request a viewbook. Candidates can also schedule class visits and learn of upcoming events and activities.

The Darden School seeks to admit people whose academic ability, leadership potential and experience and personal qualities indicate that they can contribute to, and benefit from, the program. All applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

The application requires completion of three essays, transcripts of all academic work, and two letters of recommendation. All applicants are required to take the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT), unless applying for a joint degree program. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency and should submit a score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Offers of admission require an interview which is an integral part of the evaluation process. Candidates are encouraged to visit the school, attend a class, and meet with current students. Visits are scheduled between September and March when classes are in session.

Financial Assistance

The Darden Graduate School of Business Administration’s financial aid program assists students in meeting the cost of earning an M.B.A. through a combination of school-based scholarships, grants, and third-party loans, in addition to federal loans. No financial assistance will be offered in the form of employment, and students should not plan to work during the school year. Loans, need-based grants, and scholarships are used to complement each other, and, in the administration of the school’s program, consideration is given to differences in need arising because of differences in tuition applicable to Virginians and non-Virginians, and other factors.

The Darden School awards scholarship, need-based grant and loan assistance to students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. A limited number of merit-based scholarships are offered to international students.

U.S. citizens or permanent residents seeking any type of financial aid through the University must file a statement of financial resources. The Office of Financial Aid requires that applicants use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The applicant must complete all student portions of this form.

The required FAFSA and University financial aid forms can be obtained via the Darden web site at http://darden.edu/financialaid.

Financial aid decisions are made, and admitted students notified of awards, beginning in March. In order to receive timely award notification, applicants who wish to be considered for loan assistance should apply by May 1.

Applicants will not be considered for financial assistance until they have been admitted to the Darden School and submitted other required documents. The admissions decision is made without regard to an applicant’s financial situation.

Grants and Scholarships

At some point throughout the two year program nearly 45 percent of all Darden students receive merit scholarship or need-based grant assistance from the school in amounts ranging from $2,500 to full tuition and stipend. The school awards its limited grant funds on a need basis. The sources of scholarship and grant aid are the unrestricted funds of the school, gifts and bequests, and special contributions from business concerns and persons interested in encouraging business education and supporting the Darden School.

A Darden Financial Aid Application is required and should be submitted by May 1.


Merit Scholarships

The following is a current list of fellowships and scholarships offered by the Darden School. The availability, addition, or deletion of individual scholarships may vary.

First year merit scholarships, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance of a “B” average (3.0), and need-based grants, are automatically carried over to the student’s second year at Darden, unless superseded by a higher valued scholarship or grant.

Batten Media Fellowship An endowed fellowship established in 1988 by media entrepreneur Frank Batten, these fellowships are awarded to candidates engaged in careers at newspapers or in other news gathering organizations who show deep commitment to careers in the news media and demonstrate high potential for achievement and leadership. 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 the Vice-President of Communications.

Batten Scholarships Full- and half-tuition scholarships are available for U.S. citizens and permanent residents with an entrepreneurial spirit, demonstrated leadership skills, and a drive for innovation as noted in the admissions application material.

Kevin Bewley Memorial Scholarship Established 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. Recognizes a 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.

Chesapeake M.B.A.-Masters of Engineering Scholarship Established by the Chesapeake Corporation Foundation in Richmond, Virginia, this scholarship gives first preference to joint M.B.A.-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 M.B.A.

Colgate W. Darden Scholarship Established in 1981.

James W. Davant-Paine Webber Scholarship An endowed scholarship for deserving second year students interested in Financial Services.

Joel Dean Scholarship Annual scholarship awarded to deserving second year student(s).

Dean’s International Region Scholarships support Dean’s Scholars throughout a specific region without respect to country of citizenship. The most talented candidates based upon their admissions application and home residence in specific world regions qualify for these merit-based, half-tuition scholarships. Specific scholarships are funded by the African Fund, the Asian Fund, the European Fund, and the Latin American Fund.

Franklin Family Fellowship An endowed fellowship established by Dr. Carl Mason Franklin, Dr. Sterling C. Franklin, Dr. Laurence C. Franklin and Wei-ching Kwong Franklin to attract first year M.B.A. students to Darden from the Asia Pacific region, and to help them with financial support while they are studying at Darden.

Frank E. Genovese Fellowship An endowed fellowship for second year students. Those eligible are in the top third of the first year class after their first semester, and express a desire to seek employment in direct operating management positions in decentralized manufacturing companies or to own their own businesses.

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.

Gould Incorporated Fellowship An endowed fellowship established by the Gould, Inc., Foundation for second year students.

Henry Clay Hofheimer II Fellowship For a second year student who is a resident of Virginia or North Carolina and a graduate of a Virginia or North Carolina college.

Honeywell Scholarship Established in 1987 by the Allied-Signal Foundation and awarded to outstanding second year students who are U.S. or Canadian citizens interested in working in manufacturing. Emphasis is placed on financial need, intellectual capacity, and leadership qualities.

Industrial Relations Counselors Scholarship A full-tuition, scholarship awarded to an incoming international student on the basis of scholarship, leadership, dedication to an international management career in Asia, and financial need, renewable in the second year with satisfactory academic performance.

International Business Society Scholarship A scholarship developed and supported by members of the International Business Society to reward international students for their academic success.

Lee R. Johnston Scholarship An endowed scholarship established to honor Lee R. Johnston, one of Darden’s great professors, who served students, executives, and fellow faculty members for 33 years. Awarded to second year M.B.A. or doctoral students concentrating on entrepreneurship.

Thomas G. Labrecque Ethics Scholarship 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. Awarded to a rising second year student who has demonstrated an interest in ethics while at the Darden School.

Robert E. Lamb II Dean’s Scholarship A two-year scholarship awarded every other year to an incoming student who shows the greatest 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.

Robert E. Lamb II Scholarship An endowed scholarship established by Robert E. Lamb II (M.B.A. ‘70), for a second year student with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Landmark Communications Incorporated Scholarship For second year students who have demonstrated academic excellence in their first year.

Henry Wayne and Annie Griffin Lewis Scholarship An endowed scholarship established with a gift from Samuel A. Lewis, a former member of the Darden Foundation’s Board of Trustees, in honor of his parents for students at the Darden.

Macfarlane Fellowship An endowed scholarship established in 1990 by John G. Macfarlane III for second year students who show financial need, display academic achievement in finance, and plan to pursue a career in finance.

John Patterson Mast Memorial Scholarship Established in September of 1988 by Mrs. Louise Gilmer Mast, in honor of her late husband to fund scholarships for 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.

Edward May Scholarship An endowed scholarship established by Edward May’s family for second year students.

Fred W. McWane Memorial Fund Fellowship An endowed fellowship, established to honor one of the original founders of the School in recognition of the scope and magnitude of his contributions, for second year students with financial need.

Henry E. McWane Scholarship An endowed scholarship established in recognition of Henry E. McWane, the first president of the Darden School Foundation Trustees, for second year students with financial need.

Tayloe Murphy Scholarship Established in 1987 with gifts originally contributed for the Tayloe Murphy Professor of Business Administration. No restrictions are placed on the selection process by which deserving second year 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.

Edmund S. Muskie Fellowship Annual fellowship established by the U.S. Congress in 1992 to encourage economic and democratic growth in the countries of the former Soviet Union by allowing citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan to have the opportunity to study business administration. Fellowship covers tuition and a living stipend. A separate application is required to the Muskie Foundation; information at www.actr.org or via e-mail at fellows@actr.org.

Kenneth Nahigian Memorial Fellowship An endowed fellowship established by Kenneth Nahigian’s family, friends, and Darden alumni as a memorial to be awarded by the faculty to second year Darden students of outstanding caliber and promise, and demonstrated financial need.

Marion M. and Samuel T. Pendleton Fellowship 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, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. 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. In the event that a qualified candidate worthy of receiving a full fellowship is not available from the limited geographic regions listed above, the Darden School First Year Scholarship Committee may broaden the pool of admitted candidates to be considered to include citizens of any country who were or are considered a part of the British Commonwealth.

D. W. and G. B. Richardson Scholarship Originally established in 1956, this scholarship honors Douglas W. and George B. Richardson.

William Richmond Scholarship For second year students who have demonstrated academic excellence and an interest in entrepreneurship.

Roger H. Sherman Fund An endowed fund established by Lucille H. Sherman as a memorial to her husband, Roger H. Sherman, for students who give promise of becoming outstanding citizens.

William Wooding Sihler Scholarship An endowed scholarship fund 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 M.B.A. program, whose academic record is above average and who have demonstrated entrepreneurial ability.

Sydney F. Small Memorial Fellowship Fund 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 Established in honor of Daniel Kerr Stewart by a generous gift of Jonathan Bryan III and C. M. Tribble of Richmond Virginia. For second year students who have demonstrated academic excellence in their first year.

Thomas I. Storrs Scholarship An endowed scholarship established by the NCNB Corporation in honor of Thomas I. Storrs, their former chairman and chief executive officer. For second year students who, like Thomas Storrs, exhibit the qualities of scholarship and leadership that will make them both effective businesspersons and humanitarians.

Julius Tahija East Asian Studies Scholarship Established in honor of Mr. Tahija, an Indonesian industrialist, whose primary interest is in joint American/Asian ventures, for students enrolled in the M.B.A.-M.A. program.

TEP International An endowed scholarship established by the TEP classes of 1988 and 1989 for deserving students in their pursuit of an M.B.A. degree.

TEP Scholarship An endowed scholarship established by the TEP classes of 1988 and 1989 for deserving second year students in their pursuit of an M.B.A. degree.

Morton G. Thalhimer Fellowship An endowed fellowship for the encouragement and assistance of students whose attitudes exemplify outstanding qualities of personal character and integrity—qualities so respected and exemplified by the man for whom the fellowship is named.

Virginia High Technology Scholarship Full- and half-tuition scholarships designated for students who have demonstrated exemplary experience in research, product development, or innovation deployment within the high-tech industry. Qualifying candidates must be residents of or employed in Virginia.

Worrell International Fellowship Intended to help improve the social and economic conditions in developing countries. Fellows admitted to the M.B.A. program and chosen for the fellowship must demonstrate a commitment to bettering the domestic economy in their countries. To meet the program goals, entrepreneurial or other for-profit employment must be within companies indigenous to the country of citizenship; while such service might also include governmental, humanitarian, or educational, preference will be given to those candidates who enter the program already having secured appropriate post-graduate employment. Fellows fulfill the objective of this fellowship through a period of service—typically four years—after completing the M.B.A. program.

Ernest and Patricia Wuliger Scholarship An endowed scholarship established by friends and family of Ernest Wuliger, chairman of the board of Ohio Mattress Company and Patricia Wuliger, for students who show promise of significant academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

Class of 1957 Charles C. Abbott Scholarship An endowed scholarship established by the Class of 1957 in memory of the Darden School’s founding dean. For students who bring a diversity of work experience to the classroom from non-traditional work backgrounds in areas unique to the applicant pool.

Class of 1958 Charles C. Abbott Scholarship An endowed scholarship established by the Class of 1958 in memory of the Darden School’s founding dean for second year students.

Class of 1962 Reynolds C. “Bucky” Siersema Memorial Scholarship An endowed scholarship for outstanding second year students.

Class of 1965 Scholarship Fund An endowed scholarship for outstanding second year students.

Class of 1967 Scholarship An endowed scholarship for outstanding second year students.

Class of 1968 William E. Fisher Memorial Scholarship An endowed scholarship for outstanding second year students.

Class of 1970 Scholarship for Creative Management An endowed scholarship established by the Class of 1970 in recognition of Everard Meade, a retired Darden School lecturer, for second year M.B.A. students who have exemplified qualities of creative leadership and have demonstrated need.

Class of 1972 Scholarship Established in 1987 by the Class of 1972, the Killgallon Family Foundation, and the Ohio Art Company for first year M.B.A. students.

Class of 1972 Twentieth Reunion Scholarship Established in 1992 by the Class of 1972 as their twentieth reunion gift.

Class of 1974 Fred Richardson Scholarship An endowed scholarship established by the Class of 1974 in memory of a true gentleman, Fred Richardson, a retired member of the Darden faculty, with preference to students with hearing or physical impairments.

Class of 1977 Scholarship An endowed scholarship for outstanding second year students.

Class of 1982 Scholarship An endowed scholarship for outstanding second year students.

Class of 1986 Peter J. Niehaus Memorial Scholarship An endowed scholarship, established by the Class of 1986 in memory of their classmate, for second year students.

Class of 1987 G. Robert Strauss Marketing Award Fellowship An endowed award extended annually by the marketing faculty to a student who exhibits “solid marketing skills, innovative thinking, and compassion for his or her fellow students.”


Darden Foundation Scholarships and Fellowships

The following scholarships and fellowships are held by the Darden Foundation and adjudicated by the Darden Foundation Scholarship Board.

Class of 1975 Marianne Quattrocchi Memorial Scholarship Established by the Class of 1975 in memory of their classmate. Award is to entice female candidates who otherwise might not attend. A scholarship equal to tuition and fees is awarded to a new student each year such that there would be two Quattrocchi scholars in school (one in the first year, one in the second year).

Consortium Fellowships [Separate application required through the Consortium] The Consortium is an eleven-member university alliance designed to increase the enrollment of African American, Hispanic, and Native American students in M.B.A. programs and ultimately in managerial positions in business. Each candidate who qualifies for admission to a Consortium-member M.B.A. school competes for a full-tuition fellowship at that school. The Darden Foundation Scholarship Board awards several fellowships each year. For more information and application materials, contact: 

The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management

200 S. Hanley Road, Suite 1102
St. Louis, MO 63105-3415
(314) 935-6364

El Paso Energy Masters of Business Administration Scholarship Established in 1996 by the Sonat Foundation, a $15,000 renewable scholarship is offered to an incoming first year under-represented student with financial need. The scholarship is offered in the spring of odd numbered years. The recipient will be known as the El Paso Energy Scholar. Only one is in effect at any one time.

Virginia Kincaid Scholarship An annual scholarship established to honor Virginia Morris Kincaid. This scholarship is available to female candidates who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States and who demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit, strong leadership skills, and a drive for transformational change.

Charles J. Lewis Scholarship Established in 1985 by Mr. Lemuel E. Lewis, a member of the Board of Managers of the University of Virginia Alumni Association and a Darden alumnus, in memory of his father, Charles J. Lewis. This scholarship is to be given to Virginia students, with preference to minorities.

Merrill Lynch Minority Fellowship Established by Merrill Lynch in 2001, this fellowship is available to minority applicants interested in pursuing a career in investment banking. The Merrill Lynch Fellowship offers potential internship opportunities for the summer between first and second years.

J.P. Morgan Chase Fellowship Established in 1997 by Chase Manhattan Bank to assist minority students interested in careers in the financial services industry. In December 2000, J.P. Morgan & Co. Incorporated and The Chase Manhattan Corporation merged to form J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. The new company has maintained its legacy commitment to this fellowship program.

John A. Powell Scholarship Established to provide need-based support to under-represented students who have an interest in wealth creation and entrepreneurial pursuits.

Arnold and Katherine Snider Scholarship Established in 1998 to support a first- or second year minority student.

John L. Snook, Jr., Minority Scholarship Established in 1989 by family and friends of John L. Snook, Jr. a former faculty member. Awarded to minority students with priority given to someone interested in the non-profit section. Awarded to a second year student.

Loan Funds

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.


Joint Degree Programs

Objective  Joint-degree programs are offered by the Darden School in connection with other schools and departments at the University of Virginia. For women and men who show high promise to act with determination, judgment, and integrity in increasingly responsible positions of leadership in the world of practical affairs, these programs are designed to enhance the educational experience beyond that which could be achieved if the two degrees were taken independently. Each joint-degree program is a unique program with significant and identifiable synergies that the two degrees taken independently would not offer. The Joint-Degree Programs are only available in combination with the Full-Time Program.

Admissions For all joint degree programs, except M.B.A./Ph.D., students first must be admitted to the Darden School and the appropriate University graduate school or department through the normal admission processes. Admission to both programs should be simultaneous or occur during the student’s first year at Darden. (See Section III for admission requirements for the M.B.A./Ph.D. program)

Once the student is admitted to both programs, the student must be accepted for the joint degree program by the joint degree program’s program committee. Admission to a joint degree program should be prior to matriculation or no later than during the student’s first year at Darden.

Curriculum Requirements Students in joint programs must complete the Darden first year program and 22.5 credits of electives (instead of the normal 30 credits). Other curriculum requirements are noted in the individual joint program descriptions.

Receipt of the M.B.A. degree is contingent upon receipt of the respective non-M.B.A. degree. In the joint M.B.A./Ph.D. program, however, the faculty will award the M.B.A. degree to a student who has completed all requirements for the regular M.B.A. program.

Grading Standards Candidates for joint degrees must satisfy the grading standards of the appropriate school or department granting the non-M.B.A. In Darden courses, a student who has received a grade of F in two or more courses or has accumulated 6.5 or more B- course equivalent units or received a single grade of F and has accumulated 4.5 or more B- course equivalent units shall be notified by the Academic Standards Committee, acting on behalf of the faculty, that h/she is dismissed from the MBA Program and will not be recommended for the MBA degree.

Transfer to a Single-Degree Program At any point in the program, the student will be allowed to terminate plans for a joint degree and to continue toward a single degree at either school or department. The student will then be obligated to satisfy the normal requirements of the appropriate program, which may include credit for some of the work done in the other program, as determined by the appropriate officials of the school or department in question.

For More Information about joint degree programs at Darden, contact the Director of Admissions, The Darden School, University of Virginia, P.O. Box 6550, Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550; (434) 924-7281.


Darden Student Life

Student Government

Darden Student Association is an umbrella organization for all Darden students and groups. These groups include intramural sports, Outreach at Darden (community service organization), the University Honor Committee, the University Judiciary Committee, and the University Student Council. 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 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.

Affinity Groups

Asian Business Club at Darden seeks to increase awareness within Darden about Asia, as well as increase awareness about Darden within Asia. The club organizes and supports cultural and academic activities, recruitment and professional activities, and 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 develops programs that promote academic excellence, support professional development, provide a forum for social activities and participate in community outreach. Founded over a decade ago, the BBSF is organized for and focused on bringing together the past, present, and future Darden African American Communities.

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 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 is an active support group for the spouses, families, and significant others of Darden students. Helps its members make a smooth transition to Charlottesville and the Darden Community through hospitality, job network, family resource, community service, and social activity programs.

European Society increases the exposure of Darden in Europe and of Europe in Darden, and strives to increase the number of European students in Darden.

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.

Graduate Women in Business at Darden 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 last 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 position 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.

Hispanic American Network at Darden represents the interests of Hispanic American students; creates awareness and promotes Darden to prospective Hispanic American M.B.A. 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, 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 and the Global Speaker Forum.

Latin American Student Association is committed to providing students of Latin decent and others with interest in Latin cultures within the Darden community a forum to pursue cultural, professional and social activities and opportunities.

M.B.A.-J.D. Society serves as a focal point for communication between M.B.A.-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 M.B.A.-J.D.s, improves the functioning of the program, lobbies on behalf of M.B.A.-J.D. students, and sponsors events and activities which promote interaction among the law and business school communities.


Career Focus Groups

Business 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.

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 focused on promoting the interest and experience of its members in investment management industry. One of the main responsibilities of the Club is managing the Darden Fund, Jefferson Fund, and Monticello Fund. The three Funds have over $1,500,000.00 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.

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 provides information, opportunity, and support to those members of the Darden community who are interested in the creation, management, or improvement of operations in small or large companies.

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. 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.


Social and Community Outreach Groups

Building Goodness in April of Charlottesville 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 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.

Cold Call Chronicle is the student newspaper of the Darden community. The CCC 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.

Darden Follies is a spring comedy extravaganza featuring the finest Darden talents.

Opportunity Consultants Inc. 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.

Darden 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.

Darden Rowing Club provides recreational and competitive rowing opportunities to members of Darden and other University graduate school communities. The organization seeks to promote the sport of rowing and its positive attributes such as teamwork, leadership, and physical fitness.

Darden Wine and Cuisine Club promotes the appreciation for and enjoyment of fine wine and cuisine, provides socially and culturally engaging events, and cultivates an inclusive Darden community. Activities include wine tasting at local vineyards, cooking classes, blind wine taste competitions, and visits from well-known vintners.

Sky Club at Darden is an organization which provides information on and facilitates academic, professional, and business contacts between Aerospace Industry, Civil and Military Aviation, and the UVa community. The Sky Club at Darden also provides informational and organizational support to those who are or want to be pilots, sky divers, glider pilots, or hang gliders.


Academic Regulations

Students of the University are subject to two sets of regulations, those of the University as a whole and those of the respective schools. Listed below are rules that apply within the Darden School. Appropriate excerpts from the University regulations are set forth in the next section.

Performance in the School

In addition to (1) following the University standards of conduct, (2) abiding by the obligations of the Honor System, and (3) meeting the standards of the Darden School for scholastic achievement, a Darden School student is expected to (4) perform in a manner that is consistent with the academic good order and educational processes of both the individual courses and the Darden School in general. This latter requirement is important in a learning experience that encourages responsible competition and cooperation. Disruption of the learning experience can degrive others of the educational benefits for which they came to the Darden School.

The faculty has provided a process for the review of the conduct of a student whose behavior is disruptive of the administrative and academic good order or educational process of other students, of individual courses or the Darden School in general.

Proceedings brought before the Honor Committee or the Judiciary Committee of the University or the Academic Standards Committee of the Darden School and falling solely within their single or collective jurisdiction shall take precedence over action under this review procedure.

The procedure supplements but does not abrogate an instructor’s rights and responsibilities for maintaining an effective and orderly learning atmosphere in class.

The process, in brief, provides for the establishment of an ad hoc committee of inquiry, which may include a student member, to hear the issue and, on behalf of the faculty, impose the penalty, if any, that it considers appropriate, up to and including enforced withdrawal from the Darden School.

The committee’s decision may be appealed to the school’s faculty.

Attendance Policy

Darden students are expected to attend class in order to contribute as well as learn. Each course must have a written attendance policy that describes the consequences of missed classes. The course policy must be distributed to students before the end of the first week of classes. Whenever students miss class, they should, out of courtesy, inform their instructor as to the circumstances, in advance if possible.

Grading System

The following letter symbols are used: A, B+, B, B-, F; lowest no-penalty passing grade: B-.

Credit/No Credit Grades Darden students may not take courses on CR/NC basis.

Auditing Courses M.B.A. students and students enrolled in other schools of the University may audit elective courses with the permission of the instructor.


The dean’s office may ask a student at any time to withdraw from a particular course or from the school because of unsatisfactory academic work or for other adequate reasons.

Course Descriptions

Note: The most current course descriptions are available online at http://www.darden.virginia.edu/.

900-Level Courses

The Darden School offers, on a selected basis, courses approved by the faculty that are pertinent to the students enrolled in its doctoral program. Courses differ each term, depending on the doctoral students in residence and their fields of concentration. Doctoral students, and other students for whom these offerings might be appropriate, should contact the director of the doctoral program for current course descriptions at (434) 924-7247.



Office of the Dean of the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration

Robert F. Bruner, B.A., M.B.A., D.B.A., Dean
L. J. Bourgeois III, B.S., M.B.A., Ph.D., Associate Dean for International Affairs
Robert L. Carraway, B.S., M.B.A., Ph.D. Associate Dean for M.B.A. Education
James R. Freeland, B.S.I.E., M.S.I.E., Ph.D., Associate Dean for Faculty
Erika H. James, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Associate Dean for Diversity
Luann J. Lynch, B.S., M.B.A., Ph.D., Associate Dean for Intellectual Capital
Mark Reisler, B.A., M.B.A., Ph.D., Associate Dean for Administration
Randall R. Smith, B.A., M.S., Chief Technology Officer



Brandt R. Allen, B.S., M.B.A., D.B.A., James C. Wheat, Jr., Professor of Business Administration
Alan R. Beckenstein, A.B., M.A., Ph.D.
Samuel E. Bodily, B.S., S.M., Ph.D., John Tyler Professor of Business Administration
L.J. Bourgeois III, B.S., M.B.A., Ph.D. Paul M. Hammaker Professor of Business Administration
E. Richard Brownlee II, B.B.A., M.B.A., Ph.D., C.P.A
Robert F. Bruner, B.A., M.B.A., D.B.A., Charles A. Abbott Professor of Business Administration and Distinguished Professor of Business Administration
Susan J. Chaplinsky, A.B., M.B.A., Ph.D., Paul Tudor Jones II Research Professor of Business Administration
Ming-Jer Chen, B.S., M.Ed., M.B.A., Ph.D., Leslie E. Grayson Professor of Business Administration
James G. Clawson, A.B., M.B.A., D.B.A., E. Thayer Bigelow Research Professor of Business Administration
John L. Colley, Jr., B.S., M.I.A., D.B.A., Almand R. Coleman Professor of Business Administration
Robert M. Conroy, A.B., M.B.A., D.B.A., J. Harvie Wilkinson, Jr., Professor of Business Administration
Edward W. Davis, B.A., M.S.I.E., M.Phil., Ph.D., Oliver Wight Professor of Business Administration
Kenneth M. Eades, B.S., Ph.D.
Mark R. Eaker, B.S., A.M., M.B.A., Ph.D. , Professor of Business Administration
Paul W. Farris, B.S., M.B.A., D.B.A., Landmark Communications
Professor of Business Administration
James R. Freeland, B.S.I.E., M.S.I.E., Ph.D., Sponsors
Professor of Business Administration
R. Edward Freeman, B.A., Ph.D., Elis and Signe Olsson
Professor of Business Administration
Sherwood C. Frey, Jr., A.B., M.S., Ph.D., Ethyl Corporation
Professor of Business Administration
Robert S. Harris, B.A., Ph.D., C. Stewart Sheppard Professor of
Business Administration
Mark E. Haskins, B.B.A., M.B.A., Ph.D., C.P.A.
Edward D. Hess, B.S., J.D., L.L.M.
Alexander B. Horniman, A.B., M.B.A., D.B.A., Killgallon Ohio Art Professor of Business Administration
Robert D. Landel, B.M.E., M.S.I.M., Ph.D., Henry E. McWane Professor of Business Administration
Marian C. Moore, B.A., M.S., Ph.D.
Phillip E. Pfeifer, B.S.I.E., M.S., M.S.O.R., Ph.D.
William W. Sihler, A.B., M.B.A., D.B.A., Ronald Edward Trzcinski Professor of Business Administration
Scott A. Snell, B.A., M.B.A., Ph.D.
Robert E. Spekman, B.A., M.B.A., Ph.D., Tayloe Murphy Professor of Business Administration
Sankaran Venkataraman, M.A., M.B.A., Ph.D., MasterCard Professor of Business Administration
Elliott N. Weiss, B.A., B.S., M.B.A., Ph.D., Isadore Horween Research Professor of Business Administration
Patricia H. Werhane, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Ruffin Professor of Business Ethics
Ronald T. Wilcox, A.B., M.S., Ph.D.

Associate Professors

George Allayannis, M.B.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.
Robert L. Carraway, B.S., M.B.A., Ph.D., John L. Colley, Jr. Research Associate Professor of Business Administration
Martin N. Davidson, A.B., Ph.D.
Peter Debaere, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Lynn A. Isabella, B.S., Ed.M., M.B.A., D.B.A.
Erika H. James, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Bank of American Research Associate Professor of Business Administration
Andrea Larson, B.A., Ph.D.
Wei Li, B.S., A.E.A., Ph.D.
Jeanne M. Liedtka, B.S., M.B.A., D.B.A., Johnson and Higgins Research Associate Professor of Business Administration
Marc L. Lipson, B.A., M.S., Ph.D.
Luann J. Lynch, B.S., M.B.A., Ph.D., Robert F. Vandell Research Associate Professor of Business Administration
Kamalini Ramdas, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Peter L. Rodriguez, B.S., M.A., Ph.D.
Saras D. Sarasvathy, B.Com., M.S., I.A., Ph.D.
Michael J. Schill, B.Sc., M.B.A., Ph.D.
Paul J. Simko, B.A., M.Acc., Ph.D.
Ian Skurnik, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Randall R. Smith, B.A., M.S.
Elizabeth O. Teisberg, A.B., M.E., M.S., Ph.D.
Rajkumar Venkatesan, B.E., Ph.D.
Francis (Frank) E. Warnock, B.A., Ph.D.
Andrew C. Wicks, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Assistant Professors

Raul O. Chao, B.S., M.S., M.B.A., Ph.D. 
Richard B. Evans, B.S., M.S., M.A., Ph.D.
Gregory B. Fairchild, B.S., M.B.A., Ph.D.
Mary Margaret Frank, B.S., M.Acc., Ph.D.
Jared Harris, B.S., M.A., Ph.D.
Matthias Hild, D.Phil.
Kenneth (Casey) C. Lichtendahl, Jr., A.B., M.B.A., M.S, Ph.D.
Elena Loutskina, B.S., M.S., M.A., Ph.D.
Anton Ovchinnikov, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Elizabeth A. Powell, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Ryan W. Quinn, B.S., Ph.D.
Gal Raz, B.S., M.A., M.S., Ph.D.
James R. Rubin, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Rajkumar Venkatesan, B.E., Ph.D.
June A. West, B.S., Ed., M.Ed., Ph.D.


George E. L. Barbee, A.B., M.B.A.
Frank E. Genovese, B.S., M.B.A.
George W. Logan, B.A., M.B.A.
Jon Megibow, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Marc W. Modica, B.S., M.A.        
Peter D. Prowitt, B.A., M.B.A.
Ervin R. Shames, B.S., M.B.A.
Wallace Stettinius, B.A., M.B.A.
Randy Strawderman, B.F.A.,
Tihamer von Ghyczy, M.B.A.


Robert W. Billingsley, B.S., Visiting Professor
David H. Downs, B.S., M.B.A., Ph.D., Visiting Professor
Jacqueline L. Doyle, B.S.M.E., M.B.A., Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor
Laurence C. Franklin, B.A., M.B.A., J.D., John Alden Purinton, Jr. Visiting
James H. Gilmore, B.S., Visiting Lecturer
John W. Glynn, Jr., B.A., LL.B., M.B.A., MacAvoy Professor of Business Administration
Joseph W. Harder, B.S., M.B.A., Ph.D. Adjunt Associate Professor
Robert D. Hardie, B.A., M.B.A., Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor
Michael J. Ho, S.B., S.M., Ph.D., Coenen Visiting Associate Professor of Free Enterprise
Ronald L. Kerber, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Visiting Professor
Denise E. LaCour, B.A., M.B.A., J.D., Visiting Professor
Mary Ann Leeper, B.S., M.S., M.B.A., Ph.D., Visiting Professor
Karen Locke, B.S., Ph.D., Visiting Professor
Paul G. Mahoney, B.S., J.D., Visiting Professor
Luis E. Pereiro, I.E., M.B.A., Rust Visiting Professor
Nicholas P. Sargen, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Visiting Professor
Robert I. Webb, B.B.A., M.B.A., Ph.D., Visiting Professor

Honorary Appointments

Michal Barzuza, B.A., LL.B., LL.M., S.J.D., Visiting Associate Professor
Harold Burbach, B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D., Visiting Professor
Luciano Centini, B.S., M.S.A., Visiting Lecturer
Christine M. Conroy, B.S., Ph.D., Visiting Professor
Richard D. Crawford, B.A., M.B.A., J.D., Visiting Lecturer
Jesse V. Crews, B.A., M.B.A., Visiting Lecturer
Robert L. Cross, B.A., M.B.A., D.B.A., Visiting Assistant Professor
Thomas A. Cross, B.S., M.B.A., Visiting Lecturer
W. Herbert Crowder III, B.A., M.B.A., Visiting Lecturer
William G. Crutchfield, B.S., Visiting Lecturer
Terrence D. Daniels, B.A., M.B.A., Visiting Lecturer
Laura C. Dunham, B.A., M.B.A., Ph.D., Visiting Lecturer
Nancy P. Dunnells, B.A., M.S., Visiting Lecturer
James B. Edge, Jr., B.S., M.B.A., Visiting Lecturer
Thomas F. Farrell II, B.A., B.A., J.D., Visiting Lecturer
Arthur Garson, Jr., A.B., M.D., M.P.H., Visiting Professor
Don W. Goodman, B.S., M.B.A., Visiting Lecturer
Jack S. Goodwin, B.S., M.B.A., Ph.D., Visiting Professor
William H. Goodwin, Jr., B.S.M.E., M.B.A., Visiting Lecturer
C. Peter Harris, Jr., B.A., M.B.A., Visiting Lecturer
William A. Hawkins, B.S., M.B.A., Visiting Lecturer
Richard S. Helstein, B.A., M.B.A., Visiting Lecturer
Paul H. Hunn, B.A., M.B.A., Visiting Lecturer
Tetsundo Iwakuni, B.A., Visiting Professor
Seymour Jones, M.B.A., C.P.A., Visiting Lecturer
Thomas A. Massaro, B.S., M.S., M.M.S., M.D., Ph.D., Visiting Professor
L. White Matthews III, B.S., M.B.A., Visiting Lecturer
William A. McDonough, B.A., M.Arch., Visiting Professor
Michael J. Moore, B.S., M.B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Visiting Professor
Joseph J. Mullen, B.A., M.B.A., Lecturer
David L. Newkirk, B.A., M.A., Visiting Lecturer
Steven S Reinemund, U.S., Naval Academy, M.B.A., Visiting Lecturer
Judson P. Reis, B.A., M.B.A., Visiting Professor
W. Gregory Robertson, B.S., M.B.A., Visiting Lecturer
Norman S. Siegel, Visiting Lecturer, B.A., C.P.A.        
David R. A. Steadman, B.S., Visiting Lecturer
John R. Strangfeld, B.A., M.B.A., C.F.A, Visiting Lecturer
Mark B. Templeton, B.A., M.B.A., Visiting Lecturer     
Charles Thompson, B.S., M.Ed., Visiting Lecturer
Henry B. Turner IV, A.B., M.B.A., Visiting Lecturer
Robert C. Vaughan III, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Visiting Lecturer
James R. Walker, B.S., M.B.A., J.D., Visiting Lecturer
David Webb, B.A., M.B.A., Visiting Lecturer
Carol C. Weber, B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D., Visiting Lecturer

General Faculty

Everette Fortner, B.S.E, M.B.A.
Karen Marsh King, B.A., M.S.L.S.
Kellogg Leliveld, B.S., M.A.
Susan L. Levine, B.A., M.Ed.
Barbara A. Millar, B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Laurence G. Mueller, B.A., M.B.A.
John Oakes, B.A., M.B.A.
Elizabeth O’Halloran, B.A., M.B.A.
J. Marshall Pattie, B.A., M.Ed.
Haley Whitock-Gyrory, B.A., M.Ed.

Retired Faculty

Neil H. Borden, Jr., B.A., M.B.A., D.B.A., Professor Emeritus of Business Administration
James C. Dunstan, B.S., D.B.A., Professor Emeritus of Business Administration
Robert R. Fair, B.M.E., M.B.A., Professor Emeritus of Business Administration
John Douglas Forbes, A.B., M.A., A.M., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Business History
Christopher Gale, A.B., M.B.A., D.B.A., Professor Emeritus of Business Administration
Leslie E. Grayson, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Business Administration
Thomas C. MacAvoy, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Business Administration
Eleanor G. May, B.S., M.B.A., Professor Emeritus of Business Administration
Charles O. Meiburg, B.S., M.A., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Business Administration
John W. Rosenblum, A.B., M.B.A., D.B.A., Professor Emeritus of Business Administration
Robert J. Sack, B.S., C.P.A., Professor Emeritus of Business Administration
C. Ray Smith, B.A., M.B.A., C.P.A, Professor Emeritus of Business Administration
R. Jack Weber, B.S., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Business Administration


For over fifty years, Darden has been educating professionals through Executive Education programs. Darden Executive Education offers open-enrollment and customized programs, corporate learning center development, conference hosting, and unique learning partnerships. Business leaders from almost every industry at varying levels participate in Darden programs to improve their management and leadership skills, attain the tools and mindsets to help implement their firms’ visions, and learn how to help drive their organizations’ goals toward sustainable results.

Designed with an emphasis on relevant and current business challenges, Executive Education     open-enrollment programs are offered multiple times each year and cover topic areas that include: Advanced Management, General Management, Leadership and Change, Marketing and Sales, Financial Excellence, Innovation and Operations Excellence, Capability Development: Individual and Organizational, and special Partnerships.

Each June, Darden Executive Education draws senior-level executives          for participation in The Executive Program (TEP), an intensive four-week advanced management  program for executives ready to make a breakthrough in their professional careers and personal lives.

Darden programs attract executives from around the world, and have been held in international locations, including: Australia, Bahrain, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Darden also offers online learning opportunities, taking full advantage of the world-class technology that helps to extend and enhance classroom learning.

For more information on Darden Executive Education, contact Susian I. Brooks, Director, at 434.924.3904 or send an email to Darden_Exed@darden.virginia.edu. You may also learn more by visiting www.darden.virginia.edu/execed.


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