by Matt Charles
The University of Virginia Darden School of Business and the Darden School Foundation announced the appointment of
Darden Professor Scott Snell as the new senior associate dean for Darden Executive Education programs effective 1 July 2014. The
term expires 30 June 2017.
Snell will oversee custom and open-enrollment programs for
Darden Executive Education, which has helped companies and
executives solve their toughest business challenges since 1955.
"Scott brings considerable strengths to this new role. As
tenured full professor in Darden's faculty since 2007, Scott has
served in leadership positions and actively contributed to our
Executive Education programs," said Darden Dean Bob Bruner. "Darden Executive Education is in great
hands, as we continue to provide the world's best learning
"Scott brings well over a decade of Executive Education
experience and has been fully immersed in Darden Executive
Education since coming to the School," said Phil Knisely, outgoing
chair of the Darden School Foundation. "We are extremely excited to
have him take on this new role."
Snell has served as faculty leader of various Darden Executive
Education programs and teaches courses in leadership, developing
organizational capability and human capital consulting. His
research focuses on human resources and the mechanisms by which
organizations generate, transfer and integrate new knowledge for
competitive advantage. Snell is co-author of four books, has
published his work in a number of journals and was recently listed
among the top 100 most-cited authors in scholarly journals of
"It's truly an honor to serve as senior associate dean for
Darden Executive Education programs," said Snell. "Darden has
a rich tradition in Executive Education, as an integral part of the
school's founding mission to develop leaders in the world. Over the
past few years, a great deal of work has gone into enhancing our
capabilities in this area, and I look forward to working with our
talented team to continue that progress."
This year Financial Times ranked Darden Executive
- No. 3 in the world for open-enrollment programs - up from No.
14 in 2013;
- No. 1 in the world in the categories of Faculty and Teaching
Methods and Materials; and
- No. 2 in Aims Achieved, Course Design, Food and Accommodations,
Snell received a B.A. in psychology from Miami University and
MBA and Ph.D. degrees in business administration from Michigan
State University. Before Darden, Snell was a professor and director
of Executive Education at Cornell University's Center for Advanced
Human Resource Studies.
About the Darden School of Business
The University of Virginia Darden School of Business is one of the
world's leading business schools, offering MBA, Ph.D. and Executive
Education programs. The unique Darden experience combines the case
study method, top-ranked faculty whose research advances global
managerial practice and business education, and a tight-knit
learning environment to develop responsible and complete leaders
who are ready to make an impact.
Director of Media Relations
Darden School of Business
University of Virginia
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