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.
"We are delighted to pay tribute to Dean Bruner’s many contributions to Darden through our support of the Dean’s 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