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Four Essential Leadership Questions With Virginia’s Ed Scott

Guest Ed Scott, Virginia
18:53 min watch


Virginia Deputy AD Ed Scott joins ADU’s Steph Garcia Cichosz for an in-depth conversation about his career trajectory and the development of four leadership questions that inform his personal decision-making process and organizational philosophy: “Who am I? Who do I want to be? How am I going to get there? Who and what can help me?” Scott describes how his experience as a baseball student-athlete at Albany shaped his value system; how his time as AD at Morgan State taught him to “buckle up” when approaching challenges; and how his work with Virginia AD Carla Williams and Men’s Basketball Head Coach Tony Bennett have reinforced the value of authentic, grounded and humble leadership. Scott brings the conversation full circle by analyzing how his four questions continue to inform his personal priorities and professional goals.

The conversation is indexed below for efficient viewing (click the time stamp to jump to a specific question/topic).

  • - You were a baseball student-athlete at Albany; how did you define yourself?
  • - Did you have a process for setting goals or thinking strategically while you were a student-athlete? How has that process evolved throughout your career?
  • - As you transitioned throughout your career, how did you ensure that the opportunities you said yes or no to really aligned with your values?
  • - You co-authored a book chapter about the Black student-athlete experience - what do you want your fellow administrators to know about that specific experience?
  • - If you were starting out again in today's socio-economic/political climate, would you do anything differently? Would you brand yourself as a leader differently?
  • - What advice would you give Day 1 Morgan State AD Ed Scott? Are there any early decisions you would make differently in retrospect?
  • - You teach a course at the University of Washington; what is one of the early lessons you teach students about intercollegiate athletics?
  • - What's the next thing you want to focus on in terms of your own growth?
  • - How do you get reenergized on those days when you don't have drive or motivation?
  • - You've had a lot of experience working in the DMV region - why has that been a good "fit" for you? What are you loving right now about Charlottesville?