Scott C. Beardsley is the ninth dean of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. He joined the Darden School as dean and Charles C. Abbott Professor of Business Administration 1 August 2015 after 26 years at McKinsey & Company, during which he held numerous senior roles including as an elected member of McKinsey’s global board of directors. He was based in the firm’s Brussels, Belgium, office for 24 years. Beardsley was drawn to the Darden School’s global focus, its unparalleled education experience, and the University of Virginia’s Jeffersonian tradition of excellence. A frequent author, speaker and media commentator, he has presented at venues such as the World Economic Forum at Davos. He is author of the book Higher Calling: The Rise of Nontraditional Leaders in Academia.
Beardsley holds an executive doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Tufts University. He has also served on a number of boards, including eight years as chair of the board of directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Belgium. He is a citizen of France and the United States and is bilingual in English and French. He resides in Charlottesville, Virginia, on the Lawn at the center of the University of Virginia’s Academical Village, a UNESCO World Heritage site. He and his wife, Claire Dufournet of Annecy, France, have three sons.
B.S., Electrical Engineering, Tufts University; MBA, MIT Sloan School of Management; Ed.D., Higher Education Management, University of Pennsylvania