Buntrock Appointed PLE Executive Director


A University of Virginia program that helps educators improve their schools has a new leader. Darden School of Business Dean Robert Bruner and Curry School of Education Dean Robert Pianta recently announced the appointment of LeAnn Buntrock as Executive Director of the Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education (PLE).

PLE addresses one of America’s most pressing problems by assisting in the turnaround of K-12 schools that fail to meet standards of learning. PLE trains educators and administrators in relevant tools and concepts of leadership and management. The program brings together content and faculty from the Curry and Darden Schools. PLE is an acknowledged leader in its field.

The selection of Buntrock concludes a national search that considered some 100 potential candidates. “LeAnn brings clear strengths and rich background to this appointment,” Bruner said, “having served as a teacher in the Richmond public schools and later as an attorney practicing in the field of education law. She has a deep commitment to the mission of the PLE and clearly understands the urgency and challenges of the issues confronting K-12 educators.”

Buntrock holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Leadership, Foundations, and Policy in U.Va.'s Curry School and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Richmond. She has served on the staff of PLE since its founding in 2005 and has demonstrated a strong ability to design and deliver programs that serve the needs of educators and administrators. She succeeds Brandt Allen, the James C. Wheat Jr. Professor of Business Administration, who has served as Interim Executive Director.

Founded in 1955, the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business improves society by developing principled leaders in the world of practical affairs.

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

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