Ex-Chevron exec to oversee VU institute

Human resources pro will lead executive ed programs at Owen

Robert “Skip” Culbertson, a former Chevron executive, has been tapped to oversee the Executive Development Institute at the Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management.

Culbertson (pictured) will serve as executive director of the program involving non-degree classes for working professionals beginning Sept. 1, according to a release.

Culbertson served as chief human resources officer for Chevron Chemical Co. from 1995 to 1999 and held the same position at Chevron Products Co. from 1999 to 2002. After working as a consultant, he joined the University of Virginia in 2005 as senior director of custom programs and thought advancement in the Executive Education Department of The Darden School of Business.

At Darden, Culbertson developed $2 million in custom executive education programming annually to a global client portfolio.

“Skip is exactly the person Owen needs to move our non-degree executive programs to the next level,” Eric Johnson, the Bruce D. Henderson Professor of Strategy and Ralph Owen Dean of Owen Graduate School of Management, said in the release. “He brings extensive executive experience from a Fortune 500 leader as well as nearly a decade of experience in executive education from a world-class institution.”

The Owen Executive Development Institute offers intensive, short-length (two or three days typically) programs in critical business skills, including “executive leadership, marketing for strategic growth and leading change,” according to the release.

“I am thrilled to be joining the talented faculty and staff at Owen in the pursuit of delivering memorable, useful and inspiring leadership education,” Culbertson said. “We intend to improve the world one client and one student at a time.”