How Darden Is Putting Charlottesville’s Protest Behind It

Darden Dean Scott Beardsley

AN IDEA IN THE SHOWER: A COMPETITION FOR A FREE TRIP TO DARDEN FOR INTERNATIONALS

But now he is facing that public relations crisis, and it seems to consume him. He has already reactivated a deferred admit program for undergraduates—dubbed Future Year Scholars Program—similar to Harvard Business School’s 2+2 option. And after a game of tennis this past Sunday, he stepped into a shower, his mind racing tabout how to get more international students to apply. He wondered if a program that would invite global candidates to compete for an expenses-paid visit to the campus would help put Darden back into the consideration set.

dawna clarke mbamission

Former Dartmouth Tuck head of admissions

Beardsley recently recruited and hired the former admissions chief of Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, Dawna Clarke, who is considering a range of pro-active moves, including reinstating an open interview policy so that every applicant could have an admissions interview, similar to Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and Tuck. In fact, Darden once had that same policy when Clarke was head of admissions at Darden from 1990 to 2005.

Clarke, too, sings the praises of the area. In fact, even before taking the job at Darden, she and her husband, Jon, purchased a home in Charlottesville. “This is an amazing community,” she says. “When Scott called to make an offer, he said, ‘The Darden community wants you to return home.’ I can’t imagine a more meaningful way for a dean to make a job offer. And I can’t think of a better place to be right now. People, institutions and communities often come out stronger in the aftermath of a tragedy and Charlottesville, Darden and UVA are perfect examples.”

‘YIKES, THIS PLACE IS INCREDIBLE!’

Michael Woodfolk, who became in March the first African-American president of the Darden School Foundation, which funds the school’s operations. agrees. “There is a richness and vibrant excitement to our community,” he says. “People from all walks of life take great pride in this community. What happened here is not representative of Charlottesville.”

The new dean just wants more people to know what Clarke, Woodfolk and others already know: Just how great an institution Darden is. His very first visit to the school occurred in September of 2014 when he came incognito on a Saturday afternoon to tour the grounds and stroll through the open buildings of the Darden campus. A tennis fanatic, Beardsley even wandered over to the university’s tennis courts and watched the UVA team–which would win the national championships that year–in a vigorous match with Louisville. Finally, he sat on a bench near a statue of Thomas Jefferson and called his wife, Claire, back in Brussels. She recalls hearing the excitement in his voice about the possiblity of becoming Darden’s dean and resolved to get herself ready for a big move.

“I became very intrigued and excited at that time,” he says. “I thought to myself, ‘Yikes, this place is incredible!’

Now all he has to do is let the world know just how incredible it is.

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  • Edward N Virginia

    Dear Sir/Ms/Them (since we do not know your preferred gender identity):

    Read our discussion above. Here’s excerpt:

    QUOTE

    Even though the protesters came in from out of town …

    FALSE. Many came from out of town. On my own I recognized many ‘career anarchists’ from Richmond because I know them. BUT, many were local folks, certainly. And the continuing protests at City Council meetings, City Planning Commission meetings, City forums, and other City events ARE EVIDENCE that many are from Charlottesville.

    … and even though it was a random event …

    FALSE! The City Council meeting of early December 2014 – THREE YEARS AGO – featured all the things we’ve been seeing through the past couple years, endorsed that long ago, and instantiated as modus operandi of City Council. An incompetent City Council – perhaps pathologically incompetent – but incompetent for sure. A Constitutionally suspect City Council – as adjudicated by at least two court findings. A morally dangerous City Council – as attested to by perceptive activists on all sides and every extreme; both the White Nationalists have called them so, and Black Lives Matter have called them so.

    In the December 15 2014 City Council meeting a MOB shouted down and threatened an elderly speaker – who was speaking in turn according to public comment rules – because they did not like his speech. The MOB – lead by then citizen – now Councilor Bellamy – and reportedly including a current candidate for City Council – threatened an elderly speaker. Got that?! And what did Council do? They asked police to remove the elderly speaker. To protect him? NO! But to satisfy the MOB! Got it? City Council used their POLICE POWERS to prohibit speech that was protected, and timely, but that they did not like, in order to satisfy a threatening MOB! Sound like present times? And what next? Council’s let the MOB take over the meeting for 20-30 minutes!

    … in a place known for its progressive values, the incident is having a predictable impact on early applications to both the wider university and its business school.

    Is SUMMONING POLICE POWERS to prevent rather than to protect speech ‘progressive’? Is encouraging MOB RULE in public affairs ‘progressive’? Is allowing threats to innocent others go unsanctioned ‘progressive’? Is rewarding a mob for threatening innocent others ‘progressive’? And these questions arise from just one meeting.

    UNQUOTE

  • Edward N Virginia

    Global elites are treated much better in Charlottesville that local poor and working classes. So don’t worry. Ya’ll come.

  • Edward N Virginia

    Isn’t it a bit ‘White Supremacy -y’ to be discounting Hitler? If you said that out loud wouldn’t you expect a harassment complaint?

  • Edward N Virginia

    And ancient aliens built the pyramids.

  • Edward N Virginia

    QUOTE
    Charlottesville is an incredibly safe, family friendly town
    UNQUOTE

    UVA STUDENTS, UVA public intellectuals, and many local people have repeatedly insisted that the City if a hell hole of anciently contrived and continually manifest White Supremacy. So, how do you reconcile your ‘Visitor’s Bureau’ slogan with all that?

    And, of course Darden is an incredible school! But, up in the ivory tower/monastic retreat of business-preneurs, graduating into multiple six-figure salaries and immense privilege of the global elite, actually know about the reality of the folks who are living with cross-generational social pathologies, disparities, inequities, and prejudices. You are smart enough to know something – at least – about social structural White Supremacy (that is of course about more than just ‘race’ or ‘color’, e.g. Virginia legislature passed its Racial Integrity Act and its Eugenically Sterilization Act in the same year), social determinants of health and illness, Marmot’s social gradient, and Maslow’s hierarch of needs, epigenetics, etc, right?

  • Edward N Virginia

    QUOTE
    Even though the protesters came in from out of town and even though it was a random event in a place known for its progressive values, the incident is having a predictable impact on early applications to both the wider university and its business school.
    UNQUOTE

    As UVA academic community should know by now, since the community has been deluged with public intellectuals spouting lot of good info and bad info, and stupid info, and harmful info about White Supremacy, there are many unconscious or ‘implicit’ biases which, it seems, are largely not intentionally harbored, but they can be recognized, and, like any other bad habit, might be changes. But, of course it is hard to change bad habits, ain’t it? That does not mean we should not try but it does mean that communities must be supportive of all its members and residents and subscribers to overcome bad habits. E.g Thaler and Sunstein’s good short book, Nudge, describes how social leverage can be a community’s ally toward such a salutary goal. Great book. And certainly one that all Darden faculty, staff, and students should know.

    There are also biases that are overt, intentional or unintentional. Overt unintentional biases need legal remedy, but may more quickly respond to organizational cultural, and social cultural change. Darden folks ought to be experts with that, too.

    Now, overt intentional biases: those likely need the remedy of legal interventions, to protect and to repair those harmed, and to sanction those harming.

    What is the sanction for writers who OVERTLY AND INTENTIONALLY speak/write with bias? For example, the quote from this article is OVERTLY AND INTENTIONALLY BIASED.

    QUOTE
    Even though the protesters came in from out of town …

    FALSE. Many came from out of town. On my own I recognized many ‘career anarchists’ from Richmond because I know them. BUT, many were local folks, certainly. And the continuing protests at City Council meetings, City Planning Commission meetings, City forums, and other City events ARE EVIDENCE that many are from Charlottesville.

    … and even though it was a random event …

    FALSE! The City Council meeting of early December 2014 – THREE YEARS AGO – featured all the things we’ve been seeing through the past couple years, endorsed that long ago, and instantiated as modus operandi of City Council. An incompetent City Council – perhaps pathologically incompetent – but incompetent for sure. A Constitutionally suspect City Council – as adjudicated by at least two court findings. A morally dangerous City Council – as attested to by perceptive activists on all sides and every extreme; both the White Nationalists have called them so, and Black Lives Matter have called them so.

    In the December 15 2014 City Council meeting a MOB shouted down and threatened an elderly speaker – who was speaking in turn according to public comment rules – because they did not like his speech. The MOB – lead by then citizen – now Councilor Bellamy – and reportedly including a current candidate for City Council – threatened an elderly speaker. Got that?! And what did Council do? They asked police to remove the elderly speaker. To protect him? NO! But to satisfy the MOB! Got it? City Council used their POLICE POWERS to prohibit speech that was protected, and timely, but that they did not like, in order to satisfy a threatening MOB! Sound like present times? And what next? Council’s let the MOB take over the meeting for 20-30 minutes!

    … in a place known for its progressive values, the incident is having a predictable impact on early applications to both the wider university and its business school.

    Is SUMMONING POLICE POWERS to prevent rather than to protect speech ‘progressive’? Is encouraging MOB RULE in public affairs ‘progressive’? Is allowing threats to innocent others go unsanctioned ‘progressive’? Is rewarding a mob for threatening innocent others ‘progressive’? And these questions arise from just one meeting.
    UNQUOTE

    So, what are the ways that this writer can correct her/his/their INTENTIONALLY BIASED reporting?

    And, we might add: what can Darden – and its immense resources – do to ensure that the local community is a better society when years and decades of the hard and good work of many is undermined and destroyed by a succession of incompetent, unlawful and dangerous City Councils?

  • lhasan2

    You have no idea what you’re talking about. The group was not only not UVA students, they were all from out of town.

  • Good point re: int’l students. Lots of my international friends are quite apprehensive for their futures in the U.S. under this administration.

  • Marc Ethier
  • Darden

    Any articles on Trump and B-school conundrum ?

  • UVA

    Agreed!

    Plus the kind of warmth and support it is getting from the other B-schools with tags like #WeStandByTuck (and similar ones) on the Instagram/twitter is unprecedented.

    Just to add, nobody can stop me from going to Tuck incase I can an admit.

    But at the same time being an international student under Trump can be immensely byzantine.Just gotta be skeptical.

    Thanks

  • DardenRejected

    well, to be honest, if I got into UVA DArden, even hitler will not be able to prevent me from attending the school, even if i forced to live in the classroom 🙂 It is one of the best schools in the planet and its people, students, staff, alumni all are just incredibly amazing people.

  • Tommy

    Charlottesville is an incredibly safe, family friendly town and Darden is a incredible business school. Thanks for the article.

  • I was in Charlottesville this past weekend when that protest occurred. It is not even remotely possible that “about 90 percent” of the 40 to 50 protesters were UVA students. I very much doubt that a single UVA student was there. These people literally came on a bus, walked around for 10 minutes, and then left on the same bus that drove them out of the city. In no way does this reflect on progressive values and welcoming nature of the the community of Charlottesville. It’s precisely because Charlottesville is a progressive place that a few wackos are coming here. The fact that they came for no more than ten minutes and then rushed off in a bus shows you how afraid they are to stay because they know the community would overwhelm them.

  • UVA

    You do realise that yesterday there was yet another white nationalist protest?

    Though it had nothing to do with UVA but about 90 percent of the people were UVA students.

    As an international student its a BIG turn off.