Starting August 1, 2015, Scott C. Beardsley will assume the role of dean of UVA’s Darden School of Business and occupy the Charles C. Abbott Professorship in Business Administration, reports a Darden press release. Beardsley’s will succeed Robert F. Bruner who will soon complete his tenth year as dean.
Beardsley was born in Maine to a family of educators. He grew up in Vermont and Alaska, and is a citizen of the U.S. and France. Beardsley holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Tufts University and an MBA from MIT Sloan. He is an executive doctorate candidate at UPenn, with expected completion in May 2015.
Beardsley has led a 26-year career at McKinsey, joining in 1989 and becoming a partner in 1995 and a senior partner just four and a half years later. Beardsley is a global strategy and regulation expert, who has served clients around the world with a “proven track record of impact, entrepreneurship and innovation.” He has done major research that helped incubate McKinsey’s Climate Change Special Initiative and currently leads learning and leadership development for all McKinsey professionals.
According to John D. Simon, UVA Executive VP and Provost, “Scott rose to the top of a highly competitive and global pool of candidates. He brings to Darden a deep and global understanding of business, a successful track record of developing business leaders at all levels and experience in and passion for education, teaching and research. He has the leadership skills required to advance this dynamic, world-class institution, and we’re excited for what’s ahead. We see this as a great opportunity – not just for the University – but for the individuals and organizations who come to Darden to equip themselves as the best-prepared business leaders of the 21st century.”
On being appointed dean, Beardsley says, “I am honored by the opportunity. I believe deeply in Darden’s values and its clear and focused mission to improve the world by developing responsible leaders and advancing knowledge. I am very excited to be part of the University of Virginia family, and its Jeffersonian commitment to excellence. I look forward to working with the school’s outstanding faculty, staff, students and alumni to shape a vision for the future and to ensure that the world is keenly aware of Darden’s exceptional MBA, executive education and Ph.D. offerings, which are personalized for each learner and delivered by a faculty second to none.”