Scott Beardsley, PhD

Dr. Beardsley is Dean of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. During his tenure, the School has reached new heights in diversity, student and faculty excellence, rankings and fundraising, and he has been reappointed to another term as dean through 2025. Dr. Beardsley is also the Charles C. Abbott Professor of Business Administration and teaches graduate courses in strategy, leadership, global business, and general management. Prior to Darden, Dr. Beardsley was most recently Global Leader of Learning and Leadership Development at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm that serves 70 percent of the Fortune 1000 companies. As a senior partner at McKinsey, he was based in Brussels, Belgium, and held multiple leadership roles over his 26-year career including as an elected member of McKinsey’s global board of directors and leader of McKinsey’s strategy practice. He served clients in more than 40 countries.

Dr. Beardsley grew up in New England and Alaska and completed his undergraduate education in Electrical Engineering at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. He then attended MIT Sloan School of Management where he received his MS in Management and earned his doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. He is bilingual and a citizen of the USA and France.