Gregory B. Fairchild

Gregory B. Fairchild

Isidore Horween Research Professor of Business Administration
Associate Dean for Washington, D.C., Area Initiatives and Academic Director of Public Policy and Entrepreneurship


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Areas of Expertise

Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy, Business Ethics, Leadership

Education: B.S., Virginia Commonwealth University; MBA, University of Virginia Darden School of Business; M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University

Gregory Fairchild is the Isidore Horween Research Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business and associate dean for Washington, D.C., area initiatives and academic director of public policy and entrepreneurship. Fairchild serves as an academic director for Darden's Institute for Business in Society (IBiS). He teaches strategic management, entrepreneurship and ethics in Darden's MBA and Executive Education programs. He has received a number of awards for teaching excellence at the Darden School.

His research is likewise renowned, as he was recently the lead investigator studying business models and public policy issues in the field of community development finance, an initiative supported by a three-year $850,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Fairchild was named one of five high impact research professors and the sole scholar focused in entrepreneurship by the Financial Times in 2010. In 2009, he received a faculty Pioneer Award presented by the Aspen Institute's Center for Business Education for his leadership and risk taking in integrating ethical, environmental and social issues into the MBA curriculum. In 2011, he was the only academic named as one of "25 Virginians to watch" by Virginia Business Magazine. In 2012, Fairchild was named one of the Top 10 Business School Professors in the World by CNN/Fortune and one of the 50 Best Business School Professors by Poets & Quants. His multidisciplinary work has been cited by Inc. MagazineThe Economist, National Public Radio (NPR), USA TodayNew York Times, and The Washington Post, among others.

Fairchild worked in marketing positions for such industry leaders as Kraft General Foods, Procter & Gamble and Saks Fifth Avenue before embarking on his doctoral studies. Fairchild served on the investment advisory of the Virginia Retirement Service (VRS), the Commonwealth's public pension fund from 2009 to 2012. Governor McAuliffe appointed Fairchild to the board of Virginia Community Capital, the Commonwealth's largest community-development bank, where he served from 2015 to 2017. University of Virginia President Terry Sullivan appointed Fairchild to the board of University Physician's Group, the University Medical Center's practice plan, where he served from 2012 to 2017. In 2017, Fairchild became a trustee of Union Square Capital Core Real Estate Fund, a mutual fund, and was appointed by Governor McAuliffe to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Commonwealth's economic development authority.

In addition to his teaching and research, he is a consultant to corporations, nonprofits and governmental agencies.

Fairchild and his wife, Tierney Temple Fairchild (MBA '93) are the founders of Resilience Education, an organization committed to providing high quality Socratic education to those that might not otherwise afford it ( This is the conduit through which the Darden Prison Program is administered, among other initiatives.

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Selected Publications

Gregory Fairchild. "Intergenerational Ethnic Enclave Influences on the Likelihood of Being Self-Employed," Journal of Business Venturing, Vol. 25, No. 3, May 2010, 290-304.

Gregory Fairchild. "Racial Segregation in the Public Schools and Adult Labor Market Outcomes: The Case of Black Americans," Small Business Economics, Vo. 33, No. 4, December 2009, 467-484.

Gregory Fairchild. "Residential Segregation Influences on the Likelihood of Ethnic Self-Employment," Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Vol. 33, No. 2, March 2009, 373-395.

Fairchild, Gregory and Jeffrey Robinson. "Unlearned Lessons from Letter from a Birmingham Jail: The Work Begun, The Progress Made, and The Task Ahead, Business & Society, Vol. 47, No. 4, December 2008, 484-522.

Gregory Fairchild. "Spatial Assimilation and Self-Employment: The Case of Black Americans," Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, Vol. 13, No. 3, September 2008, 269-291.

Gregory B. Fairchild. "The Influence of Residential Segregation and its Correlates on Ethnic Enterprise in Urban Areas," Journal of Business Venturing, Vol. 23, No. 5, September 2008, 513-527.

Gregory B. Fairchild. "Residential Segregation Influences on the Likelihood of Black and White Self-Employment," Journal of Business Venturing, Vol. 23, No. 1, January 2008, 46-74. 


Case Studies

Advancing knowledge through research that shapes business, Darden professors are recognized thought leaders in their fields. They are not only master case method teachers, they also author many of the cases used in Darden classrooms and around the world.

Gregory B. Fairchild's cases are available in the Darden Business Publishing website.