Darden Makes Long-Term Investment In New Private Equity Initiative

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business announced today the launch of the pan-University Private Equity Initiative, offering a variety of classes, student club activities, workshops, competitions, opportunities to engage with industry leaders, and hands-on learning opportunities in private equity.

Students seeking to establish or enhance their knowledge of the private equity industry or gain practical skills and experience through investing and operational roles can take advantage of several curricular and co-curricular programs offered. Darden continues to partner with the McIntire School of Commerce to prepare students for excellence in learning and careers in private capital markets.

Hosted by the Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management at Darden and led by Executive Director Rodney Sullivan and Professor Elena Loutskina, academic director for the Mayo Center, the new initiative offers activities for students, UVA alumni and the broader community.

Darden’s Private Equity Initiative builds on the school’s longstanding offerings in investment management from the Mayo Center including real estate and venture capital, as well as its foundation in management.

“As a general management school, Darden is uniquely positioned to expand our presence and connection to the PE industry. After all, PE investors are not only finance professionals, but also experts in numerous aspects of a business from operations to marketing, and from team building to supply chain management, including technology adoption,” said Loutskina.

Key components of the initiative include:

“The breadth of offerings and options is what distinguishes our new Private Equity Initiative,” said Darden Dean Scott Beardsley. “Students can look forward to learning from professionals in this space, both inside and outside the classroom.”

Darden students with a particular interest in private equity benefit from the synergies created by uniting Darden’s offerings in the industry, said Sullivan.

“Private equity markets have witnessed substantial growth over the past 20 years. Through the Private Equity Initiative, we are thrilled to respond by offering cohesive curricular and co-curricular programming for students as well as engage a broad network of alumni and practitioners to build an ecosystem around private capital,” he said. “Whether a student’s goal is to work in private equity long term, or to build a stronger base of industry knowledge, the initiative offers a wealth of resources.”

"The opportunity to pursue an internship in private equity would never have been possible without the overwhelming support from the Darden Private Equity Club, faculty and alumni alike. As a student entering Darden with no prior PE experience, I was able to grow my passion for the space and pursue career opportunities I never believed to be possible."
Kathleen Altice (Class of 2024)

Elizabeth K. Weymouth (MBA ‘94), founder of Grafine Partners and former board chair of the Darden School Foundation Board of Trustees, said the new program positions Darden well to serve the fast-growing private markets industry through both developing talent and faculty research of best practices.

“Darden has a proud tradition of nurturing the next generation of private equity leaders and I am thrilled that the new Private Equity Initiative will build on that strong tradition and help connect students to the innovators who are taking the asset class to the next level,” she said.

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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