Darden Profs Named Faculty Pioneers


Darden Professors Gregory Fairchild and Michael Lenox were named 2009 Faculty Pioneers by the Center for Business Education at the Aspen Institute. 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 over 125 nominations submitted by academics and business executives.  Finalists are selected by Aspen Institute staff in consultation with prominent academics; winners are selected by a panel of corporate judges.

Both professors will be honored on November 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.

Associate Professor Fairchild 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, 2009. 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.

Professor Lenox 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 the University of Virginia. 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 more information, please contact: communication@darden.virginia.edu.

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