The School is named for Colgate Whitehead Darden, Jr., who served the Commonwealth and the nation as governor of Virginia, U.S. Congressman and as president of the University of Virginia. One of the early advocates for a graduate business school at U.Va., Darden’s support led to the School’s founding in 1954. Consistent with U.Va.'s mission, the Darden School seeks to develop leaders who better society, and it does so through an integrated approach to management education rather than through concentration in a single functional skill.
The School emphasizes a student-centered approach to learning. Darden’s world-class faculty utilizes hands-on knowledge of business issues gained through case studies, a robust executive education program and diverse corporate partnerships to find solutions that significantly impact the marketplace. Faculty-led teams work with students, corporate leaders, government and public policy organizations to address management priorities around the globe.
The School’s beautiful facilities include 340,000 square feet of space, a 450-seat multimedia auditorium, a 350-seat dining facility, and the Camp Library with more than 100,000 volumes, 1,100 periodicals and 120 online computer databases.