Darden Professors Named 'Faculty Pioneers'

September 17, 2009

Contact: Beth Schmid

Darden Professors Named 'Faculty Pioneers'

September 17, 2009 — Gregory Fairchild and Michael Lenox, professors at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business, have been named 2009 Faculty Pioneers by the Aspen Institute's Center for Business Education. The award celebrates business school instructors who have demonstrated leadership and risk-taking in integrating ethical, environmental and social issues into the MBA curriculum.

This year's winners were selected from more than 125 nominations submitted by academics and business executives. Finalists were selected by Aspen Institute staff in consultation with prominent academics; winners were selected by a panel of corporate judges.

Both professors will be honored Nov. 6 at an awards breakfast at Ernst & Young's corporate headquarters in New York's Times Square. In addition to public recognition, Faculty Pioneers receive an honorarium.

Fairchild, an associate professor, has a Ph.D. and M. Phil. from Columbia University, an MBA from the Darden School and a B.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is currently working on a multi-year project to examine the field of community-development finance, funded by a research grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Fairchild was named the executive director of the Tayloe Murphy Center/Virginia on July 1. The center, located on the Darden Grounds, encourages the successful growth of Virginia-based businesses within the state and around the world by developing and implementing educational programs and research projects.

Lenox, a professor, received his Ph.D. in technology management and policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999 and the degrees of bachelor and master of science in systems engineering from U.Va. He is associate dean and executive director of Darden's Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and serves as the faculty director for the multiple-university Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability.

Lenox has long studied questions at the interface between public policy and business strategy around environmental issues. His most recent work is looking at public and private drivers of innovation in the "greentech" sector.

The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education equips business leaders for the 21st century with a new management paradigm – the vision and knowledge to integrate corporate profitability and social value.

Founded in 1955, the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business improves society by developing principled leaders in the world of practical affairs.

For information, contact communication@darden.virginia.edu.