President and Chief Executive Officer, Darden Executive Education

President and Chief Executive Officer, Darden Executive Education
The Darden School Foundation at the University of Virginia seeks a President and Chief Executive Officer to lead its Executive Education enterprise.
The Darden Graduate School of Business delivers a world class education experience to prepare entrepreneurial, global and responsible leaders through its MBA, Ph.D. and Executive Education (EE) programs. Darden has its Executive Education (EE) programs in Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. and Charlottesville, Virginia locations, as well as at client sites around the world. Darden has been ranked the number one educational experience in the world byThe Economist for five consecutive years and the number two MBA school in the world in 2015. Darden's top-rated business school, on the Grounds of the University of Virginia, includes a 180-room hotel known as the Darden Inn and is home to a UNESCO World Heritage site. With top-ranked faculty members who are renowned for teaching excellence and a new Dean recently joining the school, Darden's Executive Education is poised to optimize its presence in support of its mission to improve the world by developing and inspiring responsible leaders and by advancing knowledge.

As a place where the world of practice in Executive Education continues to be a priority, the President and CEO of Darden Executive Education should be a dynamic, impact driven leader who will innovate, build on, and accelerate momentum in custom and open-enrollment programs, new technology and certificate and non-certificate non-degree offerings, and hybrid/blended learning. This individual will work to ensure Darden's EE on-line presence is as distinctive as its traditionally outstanding classroom experience. As a key representative for Darden, the President and CEO will partner with the Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education and work directly with the Dean of Darden to innovate, grow impact, and increase C-suite relevance and engagement. The President and CEO will also lead the EE business development team, collaborate with the EE leadership in program delivery and marketing, and have overall responsibility for the P&L of the business and the EE enterprise.
The preferred leader will have strong networks, relationships, and deep listening skills, as well as the ability to persuade client organizations that Darden is best positioned to deliver on its offerings. A desired profile for the position includes either a seasoned EE leader at a top academic institution, an experienced professional services executive with an appreciation for executive education and talent/leadership development, and/or a senior executive or C-suite level leader who has demonstrated strategic thinking and the ability to build out a world-class team in a field related to executive education and leadership development. An MBA, Ph.D. and/or other graduate degree is strongly preferred. For more information on the Darden School, Executive Education and the role, please see the website at http://www.darden.virginia.edu/executive-education/.
Initial screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Darden Executive Education is being assisted by Joe Haberman, Ellen Brown Landers, Melissa Schmidt and Tracie Smith of Heidrick & Struggles, Inc. Please direct all communications, including confidential inquiries and questions, to:
President & CEO, Darden Executive Education Search
c/o Heidrick & Struggles, Inc.
2001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20006
Telephone: 202-331-4907
Email: darden@heidrick.com
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