The Institute for Business in Society (IBIS)

IBIS - People & Partners


The Institute for Business in Society has three academic directors who work with the leadership team to develop the institute’s programs and thought leadership. The institute also collaborates with faculty from across the University of Virginia as well as from other universities to further advance and extend the institute’s initiatives.

Academic Directors

R. Edward Freeman 

R. Edward Freeman 

University Professor; Elis and Signe Olsson Professor of Business Administration

Jared Harris

Jared D. Harris

Samuel L. Slover Research Chair and Associate Professor of Research Administration


Joey Burton

Joey Burton

Executive Director

Jenny Mead

Jenny Mead

Senior Researcher

Advisory Committee

Founding support for the Institute for Business in Society was provided by biotechnology pioneer Amgen, leading security company Northrop Grumman Corporation and global packaging company WestRock. As a Center of Excellence at Darden, the Institute for Business in Society explores issues that affect the dynamics among business, government and society.

Amgen, Northrop Grumman and WestRock executives, as well as additional anonymous founding supporters, serve on the institute's Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee, along with Dean Scott Beardsley and Darden’s faculty, helps identify activities around the most pressing issues for business in society and advance knowledge to shape business practices.