Bruner to Chair The Consortium

21/08/2009

The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, known simply as “The Consortium,” has appointed Darden Dean Bob Bruner as its chairman of the board.

An alliance of 15 leading American business schools and over 100 top corporations in the United States, The Consortium aims to enhance diversity in business education and leadership by increasing the representation of African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans through enrollment in member schools and in the ranks of management.

“As the chairman of the board, a position which rotates among the deans of member schools every two years, Dean Bruner will have leadership responsibility over the board of trustees and will lead several key initiatives, including our goal of increasing the applicant pool while maintaining the quality and launching a new application system,” said Peter Aranda, Executive Director and CEO of The Consortium.

Darden joined The Consortium’s list of 15 member universities in 1992. “The Darden School has been a great addition to our program,” said Aranda, “It’s very attractive to our candidates because of its curriculum, placement record, the Charlottesville lifestyle, its proximity to the nation’s capital and its case-based approach.”

The Consortium recruits some of the best and brightest MBA candidates from underrepresented groups, awards merit-based fellowships, and supports an active network of business, student and academic leaders.

In the Darden Class of 2010, 22 students were admitted through the Consortium; the Class of 2011 includes 28.

The Consortium Finance Network, founded for Consortium alumni working in the field of finance, recently published a blog posting called “Darden’s Response to the Crisis,” which explains how the Darden School has turned “an upheaval in markets and the economy into a learning opportunity for students.”

Dean Bruner will preside over the first board meeting as chairman in November in St. Louis, where The Consortium is based.

Founded in 1955, the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business is a professional school that works to improve society by developing principled leaders in the world of practical affairs.

For more information, contact communication@darden.virginia.edu.

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