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Darden names new senior associate dean for executive education

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Erika James has been named the new senior associate dean of Darden Executive Education at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

James will oversee custom and open-enrollment programs for Darden Executive Education, which has operated since 1955.

“Erika is a talented and proven leader who will energize Darden Executive Education,” Darden’s Dean Robert F. Bruner said in a statement. “An expert in leadership and organizational behavior, she knows what it takes for executives and companies to lead in these uncertain times, and she will be a valuable partner to organizations’  professionals of all levels.”

James has been a faculty member at Darden since 2001.She has served as course head of “Leading Organizations’’ for the First Year of Darden’s MBA program and pioneered the position of associate dean of diversity at Darden.

James teaches in several Darden Executive Education programs and helped design the open-enrollment course “Women Emerging in Leadership.”

The program was delivered as a custom course in 2011 and 2012 to female leaders in the United Arab Emirates in partnership with the Emirates Institute of Banking and Financial Studies.

James earned a master’s degree and a doctorate from the University of Michigan. She served as a visiting faculty member at Harvard Business School.

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