Robert F. Bruner Fund for Faculty Excellence

We have a hard-won reputation. Help us keep it.

Darden’s 70 professors uphold a tradition of teaching excellence.

Thirty-five percent of the Darden faculty is age 60 or older, which will lead to a wave of retirements in the next decade.

This generational turnover presents a strategic challenge — and an opportunity.

As business schools worldwide enter a new era of fierce, global competition, Darden must support its all-star professors and attract the next generation of scholars, who — like elite tri-athletes — will deliver teaching excellence, advance knowledge through research, and communicate with the practicing manager, changing the way the world does business. We at Darden cannot stand still. Not even for a moment. We must accelerate the momentum we have established and:

  • Develop and retain our top-ranked faculty.
  • Recruit outstanding professors.
  • Strengthen our research capabilities.

Locke Ogens, senior executive director of the Darden School Foundation and Strategic Relations, announced in fall 2014 at an event held in Bob Bruner's honor that one of his highest priorities — the then-named Dean’s Fund for Faculty Excellence — had exceeded its goal of $10 million, with donors raising $11.6 million. At the State of the School program held during Darden Reunion Weekend 2015, Ogens offered him one more surprise: The Dean’s Fund has been renamed the Robert F. Bruner Fund for Faculty Excellence to commemorate his indelible mark on the School.

“Bob is the kind of leader many of us aspire to be — humble, passionate and driven,” said Darden School Foundation Board of Trustees Chair James A. Cooper (MBA ’84) as he kicked off the Dean of the Decade Celebration. “Bob’s dedication to Darden over the past 33 years has been remarkable, and his efforts as dean in the past decade have been nothing short of transformational for this institution.”


"We are delighted to pay tribute to Bob Bruner’s many contributions to Darden through our support of the Robert F. Bruner Fund for Faculty Excellence. Bob has been an inspiration to the Darden community. His leadership in enhancing the School’s ability to recruit and retain outstanding faculty is a legacy that will serve Darden for years to come." — Rich (MBA '89) and Margaret (MBA '87) Jacobsen