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Speeches & Writings

Here's a selection of recent writings and speeches from Dean Scott Beardsley to Darden students, faculty, alumni, and business and thought leaders.

Graduation Remarks — 19 May 2019 

In his graduation address to the Class of 2019, Dean Scott Beardsley introduces the concept of the “Vitruvian Leader” and reflects on how the new graduates can achieve their full potential via a new model of leadership and four levers to consider for success. 

Graduation Remarks  20 May 2018

In his graduation address to the Class of 2018, Dean Beardsley shares four keys to success and encourages graduates to pursue what the French call “La Joie de Vivre.”

Graduation Remarks — 21 May 2017

Dean Beardsley addressed the graduates of the Class of 2017 and encouraged them to consider their “noble purpose” as they pursue professional paths, and to both “find your why” and “put your why to work.”

Graduation Remarks — 17 May 2016

In his first graduation address as dean, Dean Beardsley encouraged members of the Class of 2016 to learn to strike the balance that would lead to a career — and life — of fulfillment.

Higher Calling: The Rise of Nontraditional Leaders in Academia (UVA Press, September 2017) 

In his book, Dean Beardsley offers a new vision of leadership for higher education today.