UVA Darden Welcomes Former Save the Children CEO as Senior Adviser

By Dave Hendrick

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business has announced the appointment of former Save the Children President and CEO Carolyn Miles (MBA ’88) as senior adviser to the dean and executive fellow. She will also serve as a distinguished lecturer starting in fall 2021.

Miles is a familiar presence in the Darden community, as she has remained an active and enthusiastic alumna, trusted confidant to Darden leadership and frequent participant in events and engagements to share lessons learned and advice for a career in global leadership.

She is concluding her long service on the Darden School Foundation Board of Trustees, and has served as chair of the Branding, Marketing & Communication Committee of the Board since 2016.

In 2020, Miles retired as president and CEO of Save the Children, the world’s leading child-focused NGO, after nearly a decade in the role. In the position, Miles managed key facets of a complex, global humanitarian organization, led a staff of more than 1,700 and helped lead a successful capital campaign as part of the organization’s 100-year anniversary. Under her leadership, the organization reached more than 130 million children a year, providing critical resources in areas such as health care, education and child protection. Her previous roles at the organization included executive vice president and COO, and multiple leadership roles in the marketing area.

Among her professional honors, she was named the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center Distinguished Alumna in 2017 and has been named one of People’s “25 Women Changing the World” and also one of Fortune’s “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.”

Prior to Save the Children, Miles held global leadership roles in financial services and as part of an Asia-based startup. She served last fall as a professor at the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University. She is also a current member of the eight-person Sustainability Council at Bayer AG, advising management on sustainability issues.

In her new role at Darden, she will forge strategic relationships with top management from foundations to generate philanthropy and explore opportunities for partnership. She will also work closely with the dean’s office on strategic projects and will share her expertise in the classroom as a lecturer in sustainability and other pertinent issues.

There is also a significant student interaction component to the role, and Miles will work with student groups and mentor students seeking careers in the nonprofit area.

“This is wonderful news for the Darden School,” said Dean Scott Beardsley. “I’m delighted that Carolyn will shine her talents on the Darden mission, and I’m confident she will help strengthen the School and forge new partnerships in a variety of dimensions.”

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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