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U.Va. Expands Management Education in Northern Virginia

Mcintire School Of Commerce To Offer I.T. Master’s Degree, Darden School Expands Management Excellence Series

October 11, 2001-- The University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce is launching a new section of its master’s degree program, Management of Information Technology, in Northern Virginia to meet the needs of I.T. professionals in the Washington area. Classes will begin in late spring 2002.

"More than a third of our current students are commuting to classes in Charlottesville," said Carl Zeithaml, dean of the McIntire School. "Our move to the Dulles Technology Corridor will bring us closer to one of our key constituencies while providing easier access for students who fly in for class from outside the area."

The program will be introduced at an informational session to be held jointly with U.Va.’s Darden Graduate School of Business Administration on Oct. 16, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., at the Accenture Building, 11951 Freedom Drive, 18th floor, in Reston Town Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Darden representatives also will be on hand to discuss Darden’s current programs in northern Virginia -- which include a Management Excellence Series and a Business Insights Series.

"Darden is trying to reach out to companies and individuals who want to take advantage of what we have to offer, but who cannot afford the time to make the 200-mile round-trip commute to Charlottesville," said Mark R. Eaker, Darden’s faculty director for Northern Virginia.

Darden programs in Northern Virginia include:

    • Management Excellence Series — Programs that bring nationally recognized Darden faculty to the metro-Washington area. The next program, "Decision Traps and Social Dilemmas: Making Better Decisions," is scheduled for Dec. 12 at the Bechtel Conference Center in Reston.
    • Darden Business Insights Series — A speakers series that addresses timely business issues. The next program, "Post-Merger Integration," will be held Nov. 1 at the Hyatt Regency Reston. Future topics include strategic alliances, leading innovation and risk capital.
    • Emerging Leaders Program — Part of the Management Excellence Series, this is an intensive, seven-weekend program designed for high-potential managers who need to broaden their leadership and management capabilities to become general managers — but who can’t afford to take time away from the office. The first program will be offered in late summer 2002.

McIntire’s new 16-month master’s degree program in Northern Virginia is designed for professionals from a broad range of industries with a minimum of two years of professional work experience, including significant managerial or technical involvement with an information technology project or product. Classes will meet every other Saturday in the Bechtel Conference Center, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive in Reston.

"Senior faculty will offer the same high-quality curriculum in Reston as in Charlottesville," Zeithaml said. "They will use a problem-solving approach based on an integrated curriculum of information technology and graduate business topics -- while offering more flexibility."

McIntire’s 12-month Charlottesville program meets in two-day blocks, on Fridays and Saturdays, every other week, with students using groupware technology to work with other team

members and faculty between class sessions. Entering students arrive with an average of eight to 11 years of work experience and average GMAT scores of 620.

Contacts: Charlotte Crystal, (434) 924-6858, Jim Travisano, (434) 924-7005, Beth Schmid, (434) 924-7502

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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