Executive Development Institute Welcomes New Leader

From the Fall 2014 edition of Vanderbilt Business

Skip CulbertsonThe new executive director of Vanderbilt’s Executive Development Institute lists the Darden School of Business and Chevron on his resume.

Robert “Skip” Culbertson is charged with directing the school’s popular nondegree executive courses and programs for businesses and individuals.

“Skip is exactly the person Owen needs to move our nondegree executive programs to the next level,” says Dean Eric Johnson. “He brings extensive experience from a Fortune 500 leader as well as nearly a decade of experience in executive education from a world-class institution.”

Vanderbilt’s Executive Development Institute offers intensive, short-length (typically two- or three-day) programs in critical business skills such as executive leadership, marketing for strategic growth and leading change. Its programs are taught by Owen faculty and tailored for working professionals. Courses can be taken as needed for specific skills or as part of one of the institute’s certificate of excellence programs. The institute also designs and offers custom management education for organizations.

Culbertson has a comprehensive background in human resources and executive education. At the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, he was senior director of custom programs and thought advancement in the business school’s executive education department and developed $2 million in custom executive education programming annually. He also has extensive consulting experience and was chief human resources officer for Chevron for more than two decades.

The Executive Development Institute was established in 1978 to provide Vanderbilt’s world-class management education in targeted areas for nondegree-seeking business professionals. Since then, more than 3,000 individuals from over 700 companies have participated in the institute’s courses.