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
Dean and CEO of UVA | Northern Virginia


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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. He is also the Dean and CEO of UVA | Northern Virginia. Since 2001, he has taught strategic management, entrepreneurship and ethics in Darden's MBA and Executive Education programs. He has received several awards for teaching excellence at the Darden School and was named in 2018 as Poets & Quants MBA Professor of the Year.

His research on community and economic development is likewise renowned. He is the author of Emerging Domestic Markets, a book highlighting innovative practices in broadening the reach of financial services. Fairchild is a recognized expert in community development finance. In 2008, he received an $850,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to study best practice in Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). 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. 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's service is aligned with his research. In 2020, he was honored with UVA's Public Service Award for Faculty. He served on the investment advisory of the Virginia Retirement Service (VRS), the Commonwealth's public pension fund (2009-2012). Governor McAuliffe appointed Fairchild to the board of Virginia Community Capital, the Commonwealth's largest community-developed bank (2015-2017). In 2017, Fairchild was appointed to the Community Advisory Board of the US Treasury, 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 (reappointed by Governor Northam). In 2020, he received the UVA Faculty Public Service Award for his long-term efforts in the community.

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.

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

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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.