Alumnus Gerry Starsia Appointed Curry Foundation Executive Director

Starsia_Gerry_412.jpgGerald Starsia (Ph.D. ’10 Higher Ed) has been appointed executive director of the Curry School of Education Foundation as of February 15, 2016. 

Since July 2013, Starsia has served as the senior associate dean and chief operating officer at the Darden School of Business and as a member of its Technology and Operations Management area. From 2001 to 2013, he served in various roles at UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce, including as senior associate dean for administration, with responsibility as chief operating officer and chief financial officer. He also has served as executive director of the McIntire School Foundation and as a member of the UVA School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Foundation.

“Having spent over 15 years at both McIntire and Darden, I consider myself a University citizen with deep experience developing and implementing world-class programs and talent,” Starsia said. “As a Curry alumnus, I’m very happy to be back at my home school.”

Starsia is the first Curry School graduate to lead the Foundation since Mary Alice Gunter retired in 1994. His initial priorities include developing sustainable and reliable resources in support of the School’s aspirations, building a world-class fundraising organization and deepening engagement with alumni and donors.

“Gerry joining our team is a major advance for us in bringing talent and capacity into the school, and his affinity for Curry comes from his firsthand experience here,” said Robert C. Pianta, dean of the Curry School and Novartis US Professor of Education.

“The Foundation has done a terrific job over the past decade in securing state-of-the-art physical spaces for our students and faculty. We believe Gerry is the right person at the right time to help us secure the financial resources we need to drive change and improve the impact of education and health in society.”

Starsia will also serve as an associate professor on the general faculty in our Higher Education program. At Darden and McIntire, he taught undergraduate and graduate courses on project management and leadership and received a teaching award from the Seven Society in 2013.

He holds an MBA degree from the University of Connecticut in addition to a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the Curry School.