Recent Placements

Assistant Dean for Graduate Education, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Tyisha is a strategic leader with more than 10 years of experience in graduate education - with success in supporting and mentoring students from recruitment through graduation. Her data-driven and forward-thinking approach has enabled successful collaboration with numerous colleagues throughout each university community she has served.  She is passionate about empowering future leaders from diverse backgrounds that will advance science and higher education.

Chief Client Officer and Executive Director, Executive Education and Sands Institute for Lifelong Learning, Darden School of Business

Devin leads the Custom solutions team for organizational partners and clients as part of the Darden Executive Education and the Sands Institute for Lifelong Learning. He is responsible for overall client engagement, team leadership and expanding Darden’s reach to global organizations to drive impact. Prior to Darden, Devin served as Director, Custom Live Programs at the integrated area of Cornell University in Cornell External Education. In that role he worked closely with global clients such as Merck, Amazon and RSM leveraging faculty across Cornell University.

Executive Director of Strategic Advancement for Batten

Elinor (Ellie) Tappé serves as Executive Director of Strategic Advancement where she helps shape and realize the strategic objectives of the Batten School. With a 25-year history in strategic planning and development, Ellie has held a variety of leadership roles in the corporate sector, as well as higher education and nonprofit. Her experience in philanthropy spans more than a decade and includes UC Berkeley, Larkin Street Youth Services and Urban Teachers. 

Dean, School of Continuing and Professional Studies

The University of Virginia announced today that Melissa M. Lubin has been appointed the dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, effective Sept. 19. Lubin is currently the dean of the School of Professional & Continuing Education and chief economic engagement officer at James Madison University.

Director of Development, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

Alexandra (Alex) Moore is the Vice President of Philanthropy for the YMCA of Greater Richmond. Alex began her career at the YMCA six years ago as the Director of Stewardship and Annual Giving and later as Senior Director of Development. Prior to the Y, Alex was at Virginia Commonwealth University as Director of Stewardship for VCU Athletics then as Assistant Director of Donor Relations for the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. She is a graduate of James Madison University and received her master’s in Sports Leadership from VCU.

Executive Director, Batten Institute

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business has announced that Omar Garriott will join the School as executive director of the Batten Institute. Garriott will formally begin the role 1 September.

A successful corporate intrapreneur, venture founder and author with leadership experience in a variety of major technology firms, Garriott will lead the institute in supporting Darden’s mission to improve the world by developing responsible leaders through unparalleled transformational learning experiences.

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