Former President of Disneyland to Lead the Business School at Santa Clara University

Ed Grier, a veteran global operations executive and business-school leader, has been selected as the next dean of Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University in California. Grier will join the business school this summer.

Grier has been serving as dean of the School of Business at Virginia Commonwealth University. He joined VCU in 2010 after a successful 29-year career with Walt Disney Company, where he served in a variety of roles around the globe, including president of the $2 billion, 20,000-employee Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.

“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.”

Grier earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and economics from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He became a certified public accountant while working at Ernst & Young.


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