UVA Darden School of Business Names Erika James Senior Associate Dean for Darden Executive Education

12 November 2012

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business and the Darden School Foundationtoday announced that Erika James will serve as the new senior associate dean for DardenExecutive Education.

James will oversee custom and open-enrollment programs for Darden Executive Education, which has helped companies and executives solve their toughest business challenges since 1955.

“Erika is a talented and proven leader who will energize Darden Executive Education,” said Darden’s Dean Robert F. Bruner. “An expert in leadership and organizational behavior, she knows what it takes for executives and companies to lead in these uncertain times, and she will be a valuable partner to organizations and professionals of all levels.”

Trip Davis, president of the Darden School Foundation and senior associate dean for external relations added, “Erika has been a wildly successful faculty member at Darden since 2001. She has served as course head of ‘Leading Organizations’ for the First Year of Darden’s MBA program and pioneered the position of associate dean of diversity at Darden.”

James teaches in several Darden Executive Education programs and helped design the successful open-enrollment course ” The Women’s Leadership Program,” which regularly receives five out of five ratings. The program was delivered as a custom course in 2011 and 2012 to female leaders in the United Arab Emirates in partnership with the Emirates Institute of Banking and Financial Studies.

“My goal as senior associate dean of Darden Executive Education,” said James, “is to prepare leaders to operate in uncertain times; to make use of rapidly evolving technologies, with a strong grasp of globalization; and to manage in an environment in which people and consumer goods are increasingly diverse.”

James earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She served as a visiting faculty member at Harvard Business School.

To learn more about James’s goals for Darden Executive Education, watch the video announcement with Trip Davis.

About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business delivers the world’s best business education experience to prepare entrepreneurial, global and responsible leaders through its MBA, Ph.D., MSBA and Executive Education programs. Darden’s top-ranked faculty is renowned for teaching excellence and advances practical business knowledge through research. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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