S. Harris Named Dean Of U.Va.S Darden School
3, 2001-- Robert S. Harris, a senior faculty member
at the University of Virginias Colgate Darden Graduate School
of Business Administration and chief learning officer for United
Technologies Corp., today was named dean of the Darden School.
schools seventh dean in its 47-year history, Harris succeeds
Edward A. Snyder, who resigned last May to become business dean
at the University of Chicago. As Dardens dean, Harris will
become the Charles C. Abbott Professor of Business Administration.
Harriss strong teaching and research credentials, combined
with his global experience as a corporate officer for a Fortune
50 company, make him the ideal choice to lead the Darden School
at this promising time in both the schools and the Universitys
evolution," U.Va. President John T. Casteen III said. "He
has articulated a vision that will build on the schools growing
international reputation as a leader in addressing todays
critical business issues."
the coming year, the Darden School will complete a major expansion
of its facilities and technology infrastructure as it prepares to
increase enrollment in its MBA program in 2002. The schools
executive education program last year involved more than 120 programs
a $60 million gift from U.Va. alumnus Frank Batten Sr. nearly two
years ago, faculty and students at Darden's Batten Institute have
begun to explore how new sources of economic and societal value
are created. As part of this effort, Darden is developing a new
series of executive education programs and conferences for firms
in Northern Virginia.
isnt another graduate business school in the world that has
a stronger sense of mission than Darden," Harris said in accepting
his new post. "What makes this truly a rare opportunity is
the chance to lead an institution that for all of its nearly 50
years has been dedicated to developing leaders who make the world
a better place.
key to meeting competitive and difficult marketplace challenges
is building upon a sound foundation. I have tremendous confidence
in Dardens future as a global leader in management education,
based upon our sense of purpose, the strength of our people, and
the quality of our partnership with a great university."
his near-term objectives for Darden, he said, are developing strategies
for increasing the schools global capabilities and influence,
applying emerging technologies to enhance Dardens professional
development mission, and expanding the role of its scholarship in
addressing critical business issues.
vice president and chief learning officer at United Technologies
since 1998, Harris has designed and directed the education, training,
and development programs for a corporation of more than 150,000
employees with operations and facilities in all but four countries
of the world.
is an unusual but highly significant qualification for a graduate
business school dean," said interim dean C. Ray Smith, who
chaired the search committee that unanimously recommended Harris
to Casteen. "He has a unique perspective on the match between
marketplace requirements and curriculum and research content that
will be invaluable to Dardens future role in management education."
51, whose research has concentrated on corporate finance, financial
markets, and mergers and acquisitions, has held the C. Stewart Sheppard
Professorship of Business Administration since 1990. He has authored
financial textbooks, numerous articles in academic journals, computer
tutorials, and a series of business cases and teaching notes.
joined Dardens faculty in 1988, having previously taught at
the Universities of North Carolina and Pennsylvania and at the London
Graduate School of Business Studies. From 1990 to 1993 he was Dardens
associate dean for faculty.
summa cum laude graduate of Davidson College, where he was elected
to Phi Beta Kappa, he earned his Ph.D. in economics at Princeton
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