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Barbara A Millar

Assistant Dean for the MBA for Executives Program
Unit: Darden School of Business
Department: Darden Graduate School of Business
Office location and address
195B Faculty Pavilion
90 Darden Blvd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
Ph.D., Education, University of Virginia
Biography

Barbara Millar serves as the assistant dean of Darden’s Executive MBA (EMBA). Her responsibilities include management responsibility for global and domestic academic affairs, student services, staff development, and program logistics. She works closely with the program’s associate dean to implement the strategic vision for the program.

In 2005, she moved from her post as director of student affairs to assume the role of executive director of the newly created EMBA format. She served on the design committee for the Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) and, in March 2016, was appointed assistant dean of the combined EMBA-GEMBA formats, renamed the Executive MBA program in August 2016. Her past professional experience at Darden includes admissions, financial aid and international student advising.

Prior to joining the general faculty at the University of Virginia, Barbara worked at the Whittemore School of Business & Economics at the University of New Hampshire. Her experience also includes five years in military intelligence and training for the United States Air Force.

Millar is active in the Executive MBA Council (EMBAC), serving as chair of the board of trustees from 2013–15, as well as several years as director. In fall 2016, she was awarded the Bud Fackler Award for outstanding service to EMBAC. She also currently serves on the board of directors of the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA. She holds a doctorate of education from UVA, as well as graduate and undergraduate degrees in counseling and social work from the University of New Hampshire.

GBUS 7101: Global Leadership Explorations - Part II
Credits: 2
Each location chosen for our GEMBA residencies offers a broad set of opportunities for building global awareness as well as allowing more integration opportunities across courses. Global Leadership Explorations are a series of courses that will leverage the "why" we are in a certain location and "what" we can learn about ourselves, our companies, business and our world.
GBUS 7116: Explorations in Enterprise Leadership Part I
Credits: 2
Washington, DC region provides a wealth of opportunities for engaging directly with topics relevant to the challenges of leading a global firm, exploring the challenges of managing diverse stakeholders, & discussing how we can leverage concepts from across our curriculum as we manage the uncertainties facing contemporary leaders. Course provides a diverse range of leadership experiences & topics.
GBUS 7119: Explorations in Enterprise Leadership- Part IV
Credits: 2
Washington, DC region provides a wealth of opportunities for engaging directly with topics relevant to the challenges of leading a global firm, exploring the challenges of managing diverse stakeholders, & discussing how we can leverage concepts from across our curriculum as we manage the uncertainties facing contemporary leaders. Course provides a diverse range of leadership experiences & topics.
GBUS 7805: Action Learning - Part I
Credits: 2
In these courses, students are engaged in applying the knowledge and experiences of the MBA Program within their business and job settings. Because participants in the MBA Program for Executives are employed on a full-time basis, they have the unique opportunity to immediately apply part or all of the learning.
GBUS 7806: Action Learning - Part II
Credits: 2
In these courses, students are engaged in applying the knowledge and experiences of the MBA Program within their business and job settings. Because participants in the MBA Program for Executives are employed on a full-time basis, they have the unique opportunity to immediately apply part or all of the learning.
GBUS 7807: Action Learning - Part III
Credits: 2
In these courses, students are engaged in applying the knowledge and experiences of the MBA Program within their business and job settings. Because participants in the MBA Program for Executives are employed on a full-time basis, they have the unique opportunity to immediately apply part or all of the learning.
GBUS 7808: Action Learning Part IV
Credits: 2
In these courses, students are engaged in applying the knowledge and experiences of the MBA Program within their business and job settings. Because participants in the MBA Program for Executives are employed on a full-time basis, they have the unique opportunity to immediately apply part or all of the learning. Prerequisites: Restricted to Darden Students.
GBUS 7809: Action Learning - Part V
Credits: 2
In these courses, students are engaged in applying the knowledge and experiences of the MBA Program within their business and job settings. Because participants in the MBA Program for Executives are employed on a full-time basis, they have the unique opportunity to immediately apply part or all of the learning.
GBUS 7815: Leadership Residency 1-Leading Change
Credits: 3
Leadership Residency 1 challenges students to develop an understanding of and an appreciation for taking an enterprise perspective when making any management decision. Students will learn what an enterprise perspective involves, what it means to manage/lead with an enterprise perspective, and what the implications of that perspective for themselves as leaders are. The course is a mix of traditional academic pedagogy and experiential activities.
GBUS 7816: Envisioning Your Future
Credits: 3
The Leadership Residency 2 consists of three modules that support the main topic of the course and offer students an opportunity to reflect on various sides of changing. Leaders Changing Organizations explores different ways leaders can conceptualize change in order to implement it.
GBUS 7905: Business Fundamentals
Credits: 2
The purpose of this course is to develop the basic skills and context of business decisions that will provide a strong foundation for students at the start of the Executive MBA program. The course is multi-disciplinary in its approach and will focus on providing a framework and set of core skills in the context of the types of business decisions that the students will face throughout the program.
GBUS 8137: At Your Best - Resilience, Communication and Leadership
Credits: 2
This course focuses on the human need to recover and restore energy on an ongoing basis. After all, when you feel overwhelmed or depleted, it's hard to communicate and lead at your best. The course begins by taking inventory of your resilience, communication and leadership practices, then encourages you to build on your strengths as you sample new methods designed to build resilience of body, mood, mind and spirit.
GBUS 8499: Investment Mgmt Exec Student Investment Fund
Credits: 2
Designed for students to gain experience in managing an investment portfolio which has a specific investment mandate to establish goals, methods to build a portfolio, select investments, track & report on performance, monitor & manage all existing positions.
GBUS 8530: Global Immersion
Credits: 2
This Darden Worldwide Course aims to develop a deeper understanding of a particular global business environment, what it takes to successfully enter and understand new business contexts, and how to develop a mindset as a leader across different cultures and institutions. The course accomplishes this by immersing students on-site in a new context to study these issues through engagement with local executives, global and local companies and organizations, meeting with government and community leaders, exploring activities of cultural and historical significance, and meeting with peers.
GBUS 8707: Leadership Coaching
Credits: 2
Today's leaders not only experience change, but are called upon to change themselves and the organizations in which they work. Leading through individual and organizational change can be challenging, but leaders do not have to face these challenges alone. In this course, you are invited to engage with a leadership coach in a creative and thought-provoking process that inspires you to reach your full potential.
GBUS 8999: Darden Independent Study
Credits: 2–3
A Darden Independent Study elective includes either case development or a research project to be conducted by an individual student under the direction of a faculty member. Students should secure the agreement of a resident faculty member to supervise their independent study and assign the final grade that is to be based to a significant degree on written evidence of the individual student's accomplishment.