Rotunda at dusk

Modern Day Scarlet Letters: The Social and Economic Costs of Our Corrections System

Date & Time

October 22, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


Alumni Hall Ballroom
211 Emmet Street South
Charlottesville, VA



The United States has the largest corrections system in the world. Corrections systems must balance concerns of public safety with ways to enable post-release productivity. In this talk, Gregory Fairchild, Associate Professor, Darden School of Business, will enumerate the challenges and share how UVA students and alumni are fostering innovative solutions in our communities.


Gregory Fairchild

E. Thayer Bigelow Associate 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

Gregory 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 Ten 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. Magazine, The Economist, National Public Radio (NPR), USA Today, New 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 serves on the Virginia Retirement Service (VRS), the Commonwealth’s public pension fund. In addition to his teaching and research, he is a consultant to corporations, nonprofits and governmental agencies.

Fairchild and his wife, Tierney Temple Fairchild (D ’94) 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.