COVID-19 Update: UVA Moves Courses Online, Dean Beardsley Sends Message to Darden Community

17 March 2020

By Jay Hodgkins

University of Virginia President Jim Ryan on 11 March issued an update on the University’s response to the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, and plans for the remainder of the spring semester.

In conjunction with the update, UVA launched a new coronavirus website to provide the latest updates and resources:

Ryan’s message announced that UVA is moving all courses online for the spring semester and urged students to return home. His message concluded: “I cannot pretend, obviously, that this is how I hoped this semester would unfold. No one can. But I eagerly await the ingenuity, compassion, and kindness that this common challenge will surely unlock within our community. If there were ever a time to be both great and good, this is surely it.”

Message From Darden Dean Scott Beardsley

Following Ryan’s message, Darden Dean Scott Beardsley issued an update to the Darden community announcing the measures the School will take to follow the latest guidance from the University.

The message from Beardsley can be found on Darden’s coronavirus information and resources webpage:

“At Darden, our mission is to improve the world by inspiring responsible leaders through unparalleled transformational learning experiences — whether in person or online,” Beardsley wrote. “Our aim is to use the power of business and business collaborations to create community and solve society’s most pressing problems. We are facing a pressing problem, and I ask all of us in the community to lean on our skills as critical thinkers and problem solvers to help the School and the University achieve their aims and develop the next generation of leaders.”

About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business prepares responsible global leaders through unparalleled transformational learning experiences. Darden’s graduate degree programs (MBA, MSBA and Ph.D.) and Executive Education & Lifelong Learning programs offered by the Darden School Foundation set the stage for a lifetime of career advancement and impact. Darden’s top-ranked faculty, renowned for teaching excellence, inspires and shapes modern business leadership worldwide through research, thought leadership and business publishing. Darden has Grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Washington, D.C., area and a global community that includes 18,000 alumni in 90 countries. 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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