Darden School Dean, Harris, to step
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his tenure as Darden dean, Robert Harris has expanded
the school’s global
technologies, expanded use of the school’s
research to address
critical business issues and increased the
diversity of faculty and students.
President John T. Casteen III announced Sept. 9 that Robert
S. Harris, dean of the Darden
Graduate School of Business Administration, will step down from that post effective
July 31, 2005. Harris, 54, will resume research and teaching
as a member of the Darden School faculty.
have decided not to seek a second term as dean,” Harris
said. “As Darden approaches its 50th anniversary,
a major initiative will be the launch of a capital campaign
that will last through 2011. My stepping down allows selection
of a new dean to lead the school through the campaign and
to collaborate closely with our trustees in that effort.”
dean, Harris has expanded the school’s global presence,
improved its educational technologies, expanded use of
the school’s research to address critical business
issues and increased the diversity of faculty and students.
His accomplishments also include overseeing a 25 percent
increase in the size of Darden’s MBA program and
a major expansion of the school’s facilities, including
a 470-seat auditorium.
Harris has guided the Darden School through a period of
significant transition,” Casteen said. “Under
his leadership, the school has completed one of the most
ambitious capital projects ever undertaken by a business
school, has achieved financial self-sufficiency and has
grown its student body by one-fourth. Any one of these
accomplishments would challenge the most capable leaders.
Bob’s successes in all of these endeavors will ensure
the Darden School’s strength and vitality for many
years to come.”
initiatives launched under Harris’ leadership include
the Virginia School Turnaround Specialists Program, a partnership
with the University’s Curry
School of Education to
teach business management skills to educators as a means
to help raise the achievement levels of low-performing
schools. During Harris’ tenure, the Institute for
Corporate Ethics was created. This is a $3 million program
based at Darden to teach practical ethics to business leaders
and sponsored by the Business Roundtable and 12 leading
also continues to rank among the nation’s finest
graduate business schools, placing 12th in the most recent
U.S. News & World Report rankings, and offers highly
regarded, customized, executive education programs for
dozens of global corporations.
Harris has showed uncommon dedication and commitment not
only to the Darden School, but also to the University as
a whole,” said Gene D. Block, senior vice president
and University provost. “I am grateful that he will
continue to serve the University as one of our outstanding
teachers and scholars.”
joined Darden’s faculty in 1988, after serving on
the faculties of the University of North Carolina and the
University of Pennsylvania, and as a visiting professor
at the London Graduate School of Business Studies. He served
as Darden’s associate dean for faculty from 1990
the time of his appointment as dean, Harris was the C.
Stewart Sheppard Professor of Business Administration at
Darden and vice president and chief learning officer of
United Technologies Corp., directing global educational
programs for the Hartford, Conn.-based manufacturer, a
position he had held since 1998.
received his bachelor’s degree in economics, summa
cum laude, from Davidson College and his doctorate in economics
from Princeton University.
has taught corporate finance and valuation in financial
markets for Darden’s MBA program, and the strategy
and implementation of mergers and acquisitions for the
school’s executive education program.
research has focused on corporate finance, financial markets
and mergers and acquisitions. His work has been published
in the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Finance,
Management Science, Financial Management, the Journal of
Applied Corporate Finance and Financial Analyst Journal.
He also has written financial textbooks, computer tutorials,
and a series of business cases and teaching notes.