John Colley Award
In 2005, a group of John Colley’s former students created an affiliated endowment in his name as way to celebrate and honor his extraordinary legacy as teacher and friend to students. The award provides funding so that a faculty member from the Darden School can participate in the Mead Endowment program each year.
The Darden School has its own embodiment of the Jeffersonian vision of teacher. John Colley has always taken a special interest in students, attending their parties and often inviting them to lunch at a local “greasy spoon” or offering independent studies for a semester. What started over 20 years ago as a reading seminar of 11 students, meeting weekly at local restaurant, grew into a series of reading courses now attended by well over half the second year class. Special reading seminars on Thomas Jefferson held in the Colonnade Club are now also attended by undergraduate Jefferson Scholars.
John Colley has strived to bring Darden students into the University-wide community and has worked enthusiastically in support of the Honor System, the Raven Society, and other University organizations. An avid fan of University athletics, he has missed less than a dozen home football or basketball games in 40 years and was even named Guest Coach for a football game.
His involvement with students continues well beyond graduation. He keeps in touch with scores of alumni – hundreds really – and runs what is essentially an informal employment service by connecting alumni with students and providing advice whenever asked. He continues to bring many successful alumni back into the classroom, providing students with an enriched, interpersonal experience so prized by Jefferson himself.
John L Colley, Jr.
D.B.A. Quantitative Analysis, University of Southern California, 1964
M.I.A. Industrial Administration, Yale University, 1959
B.S. Industrial Engineering, N.C. State University, 1957
University and Darden Involvement
Joined Darden faculty in 1967, named Almand R. Coleman Professor of Business Administration in 1978
Author or co-author of 14 books, and over 332 case studies and teaching notes
Member of the Raven Council of the Raven Society, 1993-1999
Awards and Recognition
The Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Innovation, 2007, for design, development, delivery, and management of a team for the Readings Courses in Management
Elected Class Marshal for Graduation by seven Darden School Classes in five different decades (1969, 1977, 1984, 1985, 1995, 1999, and 2001)
Distinguished Faculty Award from the IMP Society, 1999
The Raven Award from the Raven Society, 1998
Guest of Honor at the Seven Society Monticello dinner, 1998
Distinguished Professor Award from the University of Virginia Alumni Association, 1987
Distinguished Faculty Award from the Z Society, 1996
Raven Scholarship for the Darden School named in honor of John L. Colley, Jr.
John L. Colley Research Professorship in Business Administration established by alumni donors.