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Darden Professor Greg Fairchild Named MBA Professor of the Year

By Susannah Fuller-
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Poets & Quants recently named Darden professor, Greg Fairchild MBA Professor of the Year for “his dedication to teaching and scholarship, for creating a highly novel program to help others, [and] for being an inspiring, warm, open and tough teacher throughout an extraordinary career.”

The professor of Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship, and Ethics states – and proves daily – that what he teaches students inside the classroom is equally important as his connection with them outside of the classroom, helping to shape their paths and future.

A Darden alumnus, Fairchild understands the pressure students feel inside the classroom, especially in Darden’s case study method, where students do everything but sit quietly and absorb lectures from professors. So he reaches out to students outside the classroom, whether it’s over a meal at his home or simply in the hallway, to get to know each student better, understand their story and where they want to go.

As one former student puts it, “Greg truly wants to build a relationship with each and every one of his students, a relationship that extends well beyond the walls of Darden and the lessons of ethics or strategy. He deeply cares about each of his students and wants to not only see us succeed in our chosen careers but also find happiness and balance in our personal lives. Fairchild’s class felt like an intimate, intellectual conversation amongst 65 of your closest friends, not a typical classroom.”

Equally as impressive is Fairchild’s work in implementing a free program that teaches entrepreneurship and business management in the local prison system. In six years, this program has expanded to currently having 33 Darden MBA students who serve as teachers at two Virginia prisons with the hope of assisting inmates to become entrepreneurs.

Read more about Greg Fairchild and his work at Darden and in the local community in Poets & Quants’ complete announcement.