William R. Darden began his academic career as an assistant professor at Louisiana State University after earning his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He became a full professor at the University of Georgia, where he was influential in developing the curriculum for the master’s in marketing research degree. He was the Decision Sciences Institute President from 1986 to 1987. He also held the Morrison Distinguished Chair in Retailing at Louisiana State University until his retirement in 1996. Dr. Darden was killed in a plane crash in 1999.