Honor at Virginia: Past, Present and Future

Date & Time

June 2, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am


Alumni Hall Ballroom



An engaging, thought-provoking conversation exploring the history of the Honor System at the University of Virginia, how it now functions now and prospects and opportunities in the future.


Coy Barefoot (moderator)

College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Media Studies

Coy Barefoot is an award-winning, best-selling author, media personality, engaging historian and teacher, and Ironman triathlete. Coy’s books include Thomas Jefferson on Leadership: Executive Lessons from his Life and Letters and The Corner: A History of Student Life at the University of Virginia, which won the 2003 Nalle Prize for Outstanding History. He has written and reported for magazines and newspapers around the country as well as a long list of online publications. Coy is the President and Executive Director of the Virginia History Lab. The mission of the Virginia History Lab is to find and share those engaging stories that bring the past to life, that teach, and that inspire. Coy is the founding Host and Executive Producer of Inside Charlottesville which is broadcast as a television program each Sunday morning at 1130a on WCAV CBS 19, and as a radio program every weekday afternoon from 4-6p on WCHV 107.5 FM. In 2006 he created Charlottesville—Right Now! on WINA 1070AM, a program he hosted and produced until 2013. He is a member of the adjunct faculty for the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences in Media Studies where he teaches classes about the life of Thomas Jefferson, the history of the University, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the early American Republic.

Stewart Ackerly

Associate at Williams & Connolly LLP, Alum (COL '06)

Stewart is an Associate at Williams & Connolly LLP. Prior to joining Williams & Connolly, Stewart was a Law Clerk for the Honorable Karen LeCraft Henderson of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Stewart graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in History and Foreign Affairs, with Distinction, in 2006 and received a J.D. from the University of Virginia in 2011. While a law student, Stewart was the Student Member of the Board of Visitors, an Articles Editor for the Virginia Law Review, and President of the Raven Society.  While an undergraduate, Stewart served on the Honor Committee as the Vice Chair of Trials, was a Lawn Resident and Echols Scholar, and was a member of the track team, St. Elmo Hall fraternity, and the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society.  He won several awards at the University, including the Gray Carrington Memorial Leadership Award, the Ernest H. Ern Distinguished Student Award, and the Raven Award.  Stewart is a member of the College’s Benefactors Society Board and of the College’s Washington Regional Board.

Charlie Harris

Associate at Hunton & Williams LLP, Alum (LAW '11 and COL '08)

Charlie Harris is a 2008 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences and 2011 graduate of the School of Law.  He served as the Law School’s representative to the Honor Committee from 2009-2011 and as the Committee Chairman from 2010-2011.  During law school, Charlie was a three year resident of the East Range and member of the Raven Society.  Having begun his legal career with UVA Medical Center, Charlie currently practices law with the firm of Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Virginia, where his practice focuses on transactions in the healthcare industry.  He also provides pro bono legal services to U.S. military veterans in conjunction with the Lawyers Serving Warriors program.

Michael Lenox

Professor, Business Administration; Senior Associate Dean and Chief Strategy Officer, Darden School of Business

Professor Lenox was appointed to the Tayloe Murphy Professorship in Business Administration at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, where he teaches the core MBA strategy course. He also serves as the Senior Associate Dean and Chief Strategy Officer. From 2008 to 2016, he served as Associate Dean of Innovation Programs and Academic Director of Darden’s Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He helped found and served as the inaugural president of the multiple-university Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability. Prior to joining Darden in 2008, Professor Lenox was a professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business where he served as the area coordinator for Fuqua’s Strategy Area and the faculty director and founder of Duke’s Corporate Sustainability Initiative. He 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. Professor Lenox has served as an assistant professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business and as a visiting professor at Stanford University, Harvard University, Oxford University, and IMD.

Professor Lenox’s research has appeared in over twenty five refereed academic publications and has been cited in a number of media outlets including the New York Times, the Financial Times, and the Economist. In 2009, he was recognized as a Faculty Pioneer by the Aspen Institute and as the top strategy professor under 40 by the Strategic Management Society. In 2011, he was named one of the top 40 business professors under 40 by Poets & Quants. Professor Lenox’s primary expertise is in the domain of technology strategy and policy. He is broadly interested in the role of innovation and entrepreneurship for economic growth and firm competitive success. In particular, he explores the business strategy and public policy drivers of the direction of innovative activity. Professor Lenox also has a long-standing interest in the interface between business strategy and public policy as it relates to the natural environment. Recent work explores firm strategies and non-traditional public policies that have the potential to drive “green” innovation and entrepreneurship.