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Paul Harper - Biography

Paul Harper LEAD DirectorDr. Paul T. Harper is currently Director of The LEAD Summer Business Institute (SBI) at Darden School of Business and Instructor of Religious Studies at The University of Virginia. Now in his fifth year directing LEAD SBI, Paul has created an innovative curriculum built around interactive marketing and strategy. He has also incorporated interactive marketing and social media extensively into the curriculum of his undergraduate “Business, Ethics and Society” course.

Paul completed his PhD in Management at The Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, where he focused his research on the philosophy and psychology of entrepreneurial innovation. He has presented at many research and professional conferences, including The Academy of Management, The Society for Business Ethics, and annual conference for The Next Generation Network and Executive Leadership Council. His book chapter, “Business Ethics Beyond the Moral Imagination: A Response to Richard Rorty,” can be found in Gabriel Flynn’s Leadership and Business Ethics.

Upon completion of his MBA from Darden, Paul was awarded the C. Stewart Sheppard Award Distinguished Service Award by the faculty. He was also a finalist for the Entrepreneurship and Thought Leadership Award, given at his graduating class's fifth-year reunion. He has held many fellowships, including those from The Andrew Mellon Foundation, The United Negro Fund, and The Social Science Research Council. Paul received a two-year full-tuition fellowship from the Darden Foundation to fund his MBA.

When not teaching or conducting research, Paul is a fan of UVA Men’s and Women’s lacrosse and an avid follower of college football. He is also an active member of the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society, the oldest organization at the University of Virginia. He is proud to reside on the West Range of UVA’s historic and original Academical Village, which had U.S. President Thomas Jefferson as it’s architect and is the on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Paul is founder and president of Carillon & Cloister LLC, a consulting firm that assists higher education institutions in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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