Ed Grier Named Dean of Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business

Santa Clara University named Ed Grier, a veteran global operations executive and business-school leader, to be the next dean of Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business. 

Grier comes to Leavey from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he served as dean of the School of Business. He joined VCU in 2010 after a successful 29-year career with Walt Disney Company, where he served in a variety of progressively more-responsible roles around the globe, including president of the $2 billion, 20,000-employee Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif.

At SCU, Grier will lead a school with more than 170 faculty and 50 staff members, and more than 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students, located in one of the world’s most innovative regions—Silicon Valley. As Leavey’s dean, Grier will build on Santa Clara University’s national reputation for teaching, research, and innovative business education programs. He plans to strengthen relationships, continue to raise national visibility, and generate new revenue streams for the long-term vitality of the School, all within the framework of Santa Clara’s Jesuit mission and values. 

“We are delighted to welcome Dean Grier to the Leavey School of Business,” said Santa Clara University Acting President Lisa Kloppenberg. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and a perspective from both academia and industry that will serve LSB well as it emerges from this pandemic year, strives to smartly leverage Silicon Valley corporate partnerships and SCU’s graduate programs, and build on its tradition of excellence in the teaching-scholar model.”

“I am thrilled about this opportunity to lead the Leavey School of Business at such an important and exciting time,” said Grier. “Santa Clara University’s values of preparing young men and women for leadership and service to the common good align exceptionally well with my personal values. I am eager to leverage my skills as a servant leader alongside the talented faculty and staff of Leavey School.” 

WittKieffer’s Suzanne Teer, Greg Duyck and Alejandra Gillette-Teran led this search.

Read the press announcement.