Toni Irving is coming to Darden as a Professor of Practice. She will bring her broad experience in academia, social impact and government. Most recently, she was the Executive Director of Get IN Chicago where she launched and led a $45 million social impact fund. She has also served as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to Govern Pat Quinn of Illinois. Prior to this, she was an assistant professor in the Department of English at the University of Notre Dame. Toni is a UVA graduate where she earned her BA in English, Modern Studies Honors Program.
The University of Virginia announced that Nicole Thorne Jenkins has been named the next dean of the McIntire School of Commerce, effective July 1.
Jenkins is currently vice dean of the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky, where she is also the Von Allmen Chaired Professor of Accountancy. She was previously on the faculty at Vanderbilt University and Washington University in St. Louis.
A higher education advancement professional with over 15 years of experience, Erik Williams joins the School of Nursing at the University of Virginia having most recently served as the Director of Development for the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) securing private support as a part of their $50 million major gifts campaign.
Ceray is a certified Project Management Professional, who has worked in higher education for 19 years. She initially ran federally funded programs at Cleveland State University and Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, respectively, before transitioning to IT Project Management in 2007. For the last 13 years, Ceray has worked as a Project Manager at Emory, leading Enterprise IT projects for the university and healthcare, including: ServiceNow upgrades, collaboration tool implementations, and software enhancements.
The Office of Advancement has named Wendell Collins as the first Director of Development for the new School of Data Science. Collins will report to Katie Reid Shevlin, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, and will work in close partnership with Data Science Dean Philip Bourne and Associate Director Arlyn Burgess.
Dr. K. Craig Kent was recently appointed as executive vice president for health affairs. The senior leadership position oversees UVA Health and its clinical enterprise, which spans the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Kent previously served as dean of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, vice president for health sciences and the Leslie H. and Abigail S. Wexner Dean’s Chair in Medicine.