S. Harris, U.Va. Dean Of The Darden Graduate School Of Business
Administration, To Step Down At End Of Academic Year
September 9, 2004 --
University of Virginia President John T. Casteen III announced
today 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.
"I have decided not to seek a second term as dean," Harris
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."
As 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.
“Bob 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
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.”
launched under Harris' leadership include the Virginia School
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
by the Business Roundtable and 12 leading business schools.
to rank among the nation's finest graduate business schools,
placing 11th in the Financial Times rankings and 12th
in both the Business Week and U.S. News & World Report most
recent rankings. It also is respected nationally for its customized,
executive education programs for dozens of global corporations.
“Bob 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
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 to 1993.
At the time of his appointment as dean, Harris
was the C. Stewart Sheppard Professor of Business Administration
at Darden and vice
chief learning officer
of United Technologies Corp., directing global educational programs
for the Hartford, Conn.-based manufacturer, a position he had held
his bachelor’s degree in economics,
summa cum laude, from Davidson College and his doctorate in economics
from Princeton University.
He 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
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
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