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Robert F. Bruner

University Professor, Distinguished Professor of Business Administration
Dean Emeritus of the Darden School of Business
Unit: Darden School of Business
Department: Darden School
Office location and address
FOB 299A
100 Darden Blvd.
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Education
B.A., Yale University
MBA, D.B.A., Harvard University
Biography

Bob Bruner is University Professor at the University of Virginia, Distinguished Professor of Business Administration, and Dean Emeritus of the Darden Graduate Business School.  He has also held visiting appointments at Harvard and Columbia Universities in the United States, and at INSEAD in France, and IESE in Spain.  He is the author, co-author, or editor of more than 20 books on finance, management, and teaching-and has won several teaching awards.  Currently, he teaches and writes in finance and management. 

As a financial economist, Bruner is best known for his research on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and financial panics. His books, Case Studies in Finance(with Kenneth Eades and Michael Schill, now in its eighth edition), Deals from Hell and Applied Mergers and Acquisitions, have helped numerous practitioners and students toward successful transactions. His book published in 2007, The Panic of 1907: Lessons Learned from the Market's Perfect Storm, with Sean D. Carr, attracted wide attention for its discussion of the underpinnings of financial crises.  He has served on the boards of various for-profit and non-profit organizations.  In 2011, Bruner led a global task force of deans for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business that produced a comprehensive review of global management education. The resulting book-length report, The Globalization of Management Education, urged educational leaders to rise to the challenges of globalization. He is the author and co-author of over 300 teaching case studies.  He comments on life, business and current events in his blog. He also tweets regularly on his Twitter account

As dean of the Darden School from 2005 to 2015, Bruner chartered or led a series of initiatives that prompted the revision of Darden's residential MBA program, launched Darden's EMBA and GEMBA programs, raised the profile of admitted students, led the top talent hiring of new faculty and staff, improved the diversity of the Darden community, raised over $165 million in new funds, and saw Darden's rankings rise to the Top 10 of U.S. schools. From 2007 to 2009, Bruner served as member of the board of directors of the Graduate Management Admission Council, which administers the GMAT entrance exam for business schools. And from 2009 to 2011, he chaired the board of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, an alliance of 15 leading American business schools and over 100 top corporations in the United States that aims to enhance diversity in business education and leadership. He has served on the boards of various nonprofit organizations, including the Darden School Foundation and two for-profit corporations. In 2012, Poets & Quants and CNNMoney/ Fortune named him " Dean of the Year." 

For more information and copies of his papers and essays, visit his website.  A native of Chicago, Bruner received a B.A. from Yale University in 1971 and the M.B.A. and D.B.A. degrees from Harvard University in 1974 and 1982, respectively. 

CU-Executive Leadership Program for Senior-Level Educator Teams
Source: The Wallace Foundation
February 01, 2006 – June 30, 2015
PLCP 2500: Special Topics in Comparative Politics
Credits: 3
Special Topics in Comparative Politics.
SOC 2559: New Course in Sociology
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of sociology.
PLAD 4500: Special Topics
Credits: 3
Topics on a variety of Political issues.
PLAD 5500: Special Topics
Credits: 3
Topics on a variety of Political issues.
LPPP 5559: New Course in Public Policy and Leadership
Credits: 3
Investigates a selected issue in public policy or leadership.
COMM 5559: New Course in Commerce
Credits: 1–3
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in the subject of Commerce.
GBUS 8008: Democracy and Financial: Politics, Markets, and Institutions
Credits: 3
Today's students likely have an incomplete awareness of the crisis. More broadly, present and future policymakers risk repeating history as the memory of the 2008 crisis fades. It is important that the rising generation of leaders appreciate the causes and consequences of this crisis in anticipation of future crises. Such historical familiarity will be important for the development of leaders in government, business, NGOs, and households.
GBUS 8025: Financial Innovation: Opportunities and Problems
Credits: 3
In this course students will study financial innovation, both in its contemporary manifestations, as well as in history. Generally, the course recognizes that the business and economic context creates challenges and opportunities for financial innovators to respond with new designs for markets, institutions, products/services, instruments - and even government policies.
GBUS 8172: Financial Crises and Civic Reaction
Credits: 3
This course is about "financial civics," or how the markets, institutions, and instruments in finance have interacted with the public will ("democracy") and its instrument, the regulatory establishment. Finance and democracy have stimulated each other on a recurring basis over the centuries, and this stimulus provokes a response.
GBUS 8375: Leadership Lessons of Eight Transformational US Presidents Part I
Credits: 2
The course will integrate concepts and theories from History, Politics, and Management as a starting point for studying the development of a Presidential administration in its social, political and cultural contexts. Lessons learned from the past and parallels to the present have great relevance to our future.
GBUS 8376: Leadership Lessons of Eight Transformational US Presidents Part II
Credits: 2
The course will integrate concepts and theories from History, Politics, and Management as a starting point for studying the development of a Presidential administration in its social, political and cultural contexts. Lessons learned from the past and parallels to the present have great relevance to our future.
GBUS 8500: Special Topics Seminar
Credits: 2–3
Each seminar is a course of study for students with special interests in business administration topics not currently included in the normal course offerings of the MBA Program. The seminar topics should be consistent with the objectives of the Second Year Program.
GBUS 8763: Gales of Creative Destruction
Credits: 2
Technological innovation is the defining characteristic of our digital age. Remarkable advances in artificial intelligence, machine learning, the internet of things, automation, and blockchain (to name but a few) are rapidly transforming fundamental aspects of every human endeavor: finance, medicine, agriculture, manufacturing, communication, education. Looking to the past, we may see that our present moment is not so unusual.
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.