We are thrilled to welcome back Professor Melissa Thomas-Hunt to Darden! She recently returned to the University of Virginia, where she joins the Darden faculty in a primary appointment with a joint

Melissa Thomas-Hunt has returned as the John Forbes Distinguished Professor of Business Administration at Darden with a joint appointment at UVA’s Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

appointment at the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. She is joining Darden from Airbnb, where she served as global head of diversity and belonging, leading the strategy and execution of Airbnb’s global internal diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging programs for its 5,000 employees around the globe.

Thomas-Hunt served on the Darden faculty from 2009–17, teaching courses in the areas of leadership, team dynamics and negotiation. From 2016–17, she held the role of global chief diversity officer at Darden before taking a position as vice provost for inclusive excellence at Vanderbilt University from 2017 to 2019.

In addition to advancing research and teaching, she will serve as a special advisor to the deans of the Darden and Batten Schools in the areas of belonging and community. At Darden, she will work in close collaboration with Darden’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Dean’s staff to advance Darden as a place where members of our community can achieve their full potential.

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