L. Colley, Jr., The Almand R. Coleman Professor of Business Administration, has
significant skills and experience in corporate governance and strategy and
operations planning and control. He teaches these subjects in the MBA program.
Colley is the author of 15 books and more than 330 Darden case studies and
other teaching materials. He is an authority on the subject of scheduling,
including Job Shop Scheduling, Process Scheduling (Sequencing), Project
Scheduling (Critical Path Scheduling), and Assembly Line Balancing. He pioneered in the application of
quantitative tools and techniques to the tasks of the General Manager.
has served as a director of a number of companies: including public and private
and for-profit and not-for-profit companies.
As a director of Avid Medical, Inc., he helped orchestrate the growth of
the firm from revenues of $2 M to $140 M per year over an 11 year span. Colley was also a former long-time director
and chairman of the board of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Virginia (now Anthem, Inc.).
served as the substitute Trustee for the sale of an ESOP company and as the
sole substitute Trustee of another ESOP company after the regular Trustees were
forced to resign when two of the Trustees made a hostile bid to take over the
company. The company was sold and the
proceeds were distributed to the shareholders (employees in the case of an
Colley joined the Darden faculty in 1967 after serving as Chief of Operations
and Systems Analysis for the Hughes Aircraft Company.
Colley was the recipient of the 2010 Thomas Jefferson Award, The University of
Virginia’s Highest Award. In 2011, he
was selected to live in the upstairs apartment in Pavilion VIII on the University
of Virginia’s prestigious Lawn.