Class Agent Spotlight: Jim Mixter

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Jim Mixter (MBA '75)


Why did you become a class agent?
It was a bit of a bait-and-switch, first agreeing to coordinate the class gift in my reunion year four years ago and then staying on as class agent. I’ve enjoyed the chance to give back to Darden beyond just financial support.

Why is giving back to Darden important to you?
I think giving is part of a group effort to help Darden achieve its mission. All of us were helped while at Darden by those who came before us; each year we can help those who are following us. 

What advice would you offer a new class agent?
I would advise a new class agent to tap into the sense of community that is Darden, past, present and future. I would also suggest that she or he be sure to come back to Darden and sit in on a class or two and reconnect personally.

Why do you give to the Darden Annual Fund?
Others have spoken more eloquently on this than I can, I am sure. I once heard someone suggest not giving until it hurts, but rather, until it feels good. That works for me.

What has been your most successful fundraising strategy?
I have found so far that when participation in the Annual Fund grows, dollar objectives are fairly easily surpassed.  

How long have you been a class agent?
Since 2010.

What have you found is the best way to stay connected with your classmates?
I'm still seeking the best way!

Why did you choose Darden?
Very simple! I was accepted at both Harvard and Darden, with only summer jobs on my resume. Harvard said, "Go work for two years and we’ll see you then." Darden was not requiring full-time work experience, and I was afraid if I didn't get the MBA right away, I might not go back for it. It was a great choice for me!

What is your greatest memory from Darden?
The reality that working as part of a group enabled one to handle a workload which was designed to be more than most students could do on their own.

Which Darden professor influenced you the most?
In business and in life, I am often guided by Bill Sihler's admonition to always be prepared for "something to go bump in the night."

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