Darden Center for Global Initiatives
Darden School of Business
University of Virginia
100 Darden Boulevard
Charlottesville, VA 22903
R. Marc Johnson
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.
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).
Camp Library, Room 125
Cheryl began her employment at Darden as a Recruiting Coordinator working with MBA students on interview schedules and with top fortune 500 recruiting companies. She then went on to be the Marketing Program Administrator in Executive Education providing her support and marketing expertise on the delivery of management development programs for middle to senior level executives and collecting over $1 million per year. After 10 years in Executive Education, Cheryl took a marketing role with the Darden Case Collection. She was then asked to be one of the first contributing members to the Darden Business Publishing team to help market and distribute the materials of the new start-up which seeks to increase the effectiveness in distribution of the highest quality digital and text-based intellectual property. Cheryl increased sales to $450,000 in the first year. In 2006, Cheryl joined the Tayloe Murphy International Center (now the Darden Center for Global Initiatives) as Logistics Manager to coordinate various initiatives ranging from managing International Partner Programs, improving internal processes, and overseeing many budgetary items.
Assistant Director for Outreach and 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
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.
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.