Darden Center for Global Initiatives

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Darden Center for Global Initiatives

Darden School of Business 
University of Virginia
100 Darden Boulevard
Charlottesville, VA 22903
+1-434-924-0717 fax
+1-434-924-7265 phone      


Marc Johnson
R. Marc Johnson

Executive Director
Camp Library, Room 209B

Marc Johnson is the Executive Director of the Darden Center for Global Initiatives (DCGI) and supports the school's global academic engagement and partnerships. He  previously served at Darden as the Associate Director of the Tayloe Murphy Center, focused on economic development through entrepreneurship in Virginia communities facing economic challenges. Prior to coming to the Darden School, Marc served as Assistant Director and Director of Programs at the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at U.Va., where he oversaw programs on Virginia politics and leadership for groups ranging from high school students to working adults. Johnson holds an MBA from the Darden School and an M.Ed. from the Curry School at U.Va., and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the College of William & Mary with a degree in Government, with a focus on International Relations.   He currently serves on the Advisory Council of the Reves Center for International Studies at William & Mary and is a member of the Virginia Board for the Blind and Vision Impaired.

He currently teaches political leadership and civics in the Sorensen Institute's programs and has taught entrepreneurship and nonprofit management for the UVA School of Continuing and Professional Studies. He is the co-author of several entrepreneurship case studies and in 2006 co-authored an article in Academic Exchange Quarterly on the effectiveness of civic education programs in preparing college students for leadership roles in politics and public life.

Jon Megibow
Jon Megibow

Director of Special Projects
Lecturer in Business Administration
Faculty Office Building 114

Jon Megibow was Director of Admissions for the Darden Business School from 1988-2000. During that time enrollment of international students doubled and the number of countries represented grew significantly. In 2001 Megibow joined the Darden Center for Global Initiatives (DCGI) as Director of Operations, helping to expand the School’s Global Business Experience (GBEs) programs and exchange school partnerships. Since 2005 he has been the faculty leader for Darden’s one-week International Partners Programs and served as faculty leader for numerous GBEs. In addition to teaching Management Communications and Interpersonal Communications at Darden Megibow has been a visiting faculty member at Panamerican University’s IPADE business school (Mexico City) and at Universidad Austral’s IAE business school (Buenos Aires).

Cheryl Adams
Cheryl Adams

Logistics Manager
Camp Library, Room 125

Cheryl began her employment at The Darden School of Business as a Recruiting Coordinator in the Career Services and Placement Office in 1983. After being promoted and successfully working as Marketing Program Administrator in the Executive Education department, in 2006, Cheryl was approached by the Director of the Tayloe Murphy International Center of The Darden School of Business to coordinate all of the Center’s activities and initiatives. Cheryl worked with exchange program managers from over 18 international partner business schools, coordinated and managed Global Business Experience programs in 6 countries for 145 MBA students, organized Executive MBA programs from partner schools to Darden, coordinated international visitor schedules,  and implemented numerous process improvements, such as collecting funds from students, outsourcing, and contractual agreements leading a growing business. Cheryl then became the Logistics Manager for the Center for Global Initiatives at the School where she currently improves processes and manages operations.   

Cheryl enjoys, first and foremost, her family and friends, playing golf, writing songs on the piano, and being outdoors.  She is an entrepreneur at heart and with the ultimate goal of making a difference in the healthcare and IT markets.


Kristen Pappas
Kristen Pappas

Associate Director for Global Programs
Camp Library, Room 125

Kristen Pappas serves as the Assistant Director of Programs and Outreach.  One of her main areas of focus is overseeing the various international academic programs that the Darden Center for Global Initiatives  (DCGI) coordinates for Darden students.  Kristen joined Darden in 2009 and served in various roles. Most recently she served as the Interim Associate Director of Student Affairs. Kristen earned a Master of Arts in International Education from the School for International Training and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Dayton. In 2007-2009, Kristen was the Assistant Director of Academic Affairs and Field at the Semester at Sea Program. She obtained a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and taught Business English in Santiago, Chile for one year. Kristen is an avid traveler and has travelled throughout South America, Asia and Europe.


L. Jay Bourgeois, III
L. Jay Bourgeois, III

Paul M. Hammaker Research Professor of Strategy
Senior Fellow, Center for Global Initiatives
Faculty Office Building 252

Professor L. J. Bourgeois III is an expert on strategy and post-merger integration. He has consulted for a variety of North and Latin American, European, Asian, Australian, and African corporations on strategic planning, strategy implementation and post-merger integration and has designed and conducted various seminars in strategic thinking. Prior to joining the Darden faculty in 1986, Bourgeois taught at the Stanford Business School. He previously was employed as a financial analyst in the corporate planning department of Castle & Cooke Foods and held several assignments in the firm's Latin American operations. He is fluent in Spanish.

Kate BeachKatherine Beach

Assistant Director for Global Engagement
Camp Library, Room 125


As the Assistant Director for Global Engagement, Kate Beach serves the Darden Center for Global Initiatives by managing key relationships with international partner business schools, alumni, and corporations.  She sources opportunities, follows up on leads, and assesses client needs in support of Darden’s global project-based programs. Collaborating with Darden’s Marketing and Communications department, Kate also collects, analyzes, and disseminates information regarding Darden’s global engagement through both internal and external channels.  She manages CGI’s communications portfolio, online presence, and promotes Darden’s global engagement.  

Prior to joining CGI, Kate earned a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration through the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education.  While a graduate student and afterwards, she worked in various positions at the Institute for Shipboard Education, most recently as the Assistant Director of Academic Affairs and Registrar.  Kate has visited approximately 30 countries around the world and she is passionate about creating greater global understanding and collaboration.


Sheela LinstrumSheela Linstrum

Global Programs Coordinator
Camp Library, Room 125


As the Global Programs Coordinator, Sheela advances global learning opportunities by contributing to the implementation of international programs and supporting Darden students.  Sheela joins us from the University of Michigan where she completed a Master’s Degree in Higher Education.  While at the University of Michigan, she worked with the National Center for Institutional Diversity to study the challenges to diversity efforts across higher education.  She also worked with the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good to assess and advise the Ford Motor Company Fund on ways to improve their international grant program evaluation.  Sheela brings additional global perspective from her own experiences, including a M.A. degree in French Language and Culture from King’s College London, time spent as a French teacher at the secondary level, and extensive travel around the world.  Before working in education, Sheela earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut and comes to Darden with a background in financial services, including experience in audit and financial planning firms.  

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