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Edward A. Snyder C. Ray Smith to Step in as Interim Dean July 1

Darden's Snyder Named Dean at University of Chicago

May 8, 2001-- The University of Chicago today announced that Edward A. Snyder, dean of the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, will become dean of its school of business on Sept. 1.

Snyder took the Darden School job in July 1998, becoming the sixth dean in the school's 47-year history.

"When Ted Snyder came to the University, he laid out an ambitious plan for raising the profile of the Darden School in several key areas," said U.Va. President John T. Casteen III. "We are grateful for his leadership in fundraising, strengthening corporate relationships, tapping into the latest technologies, and integrating entrepreneurial expertise into the classroom. He has made extraordinary contributions to the University."

C. Ray Smith, the Tipton Snavely Professor of Business Administration and executive director of the Darden Foundation, will serve as interim dean during the search for Snyder's successor, Casteen said. A search committee, chaired by Smith, will be named immediately.

This will be the third time that Smith, who takes over July 1, has filled the role of interim dean. The last time was in 1997, prior to Snyder's appointment. Smith joined the Darden faculty in 1961. In addition to teaching, he has held numerous administrative positions over the years, including associate dean for MBA education, associate dean for administration, and administrative director.

Snyder, who told Darden faculty and staff of his decision this morning, said, "being part of the University of Virginia and the Darden community has been both personally and professionally rewarding. In addition to the support from President Casteen and the University's outstanding leadership team, I'd like to thank the world-class Darden faculty, students, and staff for allowing me the privilege of working with them.

"Few deans have been as fortunate as I have to benefit from an alumni body and a board of trustees whose support and dedication to Darden far exceeds the potential inherent in their numbers."

Snyder received both a master's degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Contact: Carol Wood, (804) 924-6189

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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