Our Leadership

Our team is composed of committed professionals with experience solving challenging problems in the field and in the Academy. We bring to this challenge educational and practical experience that has allowed us to realize the gap in educational access and transformative power of quality educational initiatives.

Tierney Temple Fairchild, Ph.D.
Executive Director

  • Co-authored The Turnaround Mindset (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011)
  • Named to U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top Program Expert Database
  • Developed executive development and community relations expertise at United Technologies Corporation

Tierney specializes in executive leadership and policy, turnarounds, public/private partnerships, and race and equity issues in education. As president of Socratic Solutions, Inc., she consults with national and regional organizations, state agencies, private foundations, and leading non-profits. Tierney was the founding executive director of the Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education at the University of Virginia (PLE), where she led the design and delivery of a portfolio of executive development programs for educators. She also spent 10 years at United Technologies Corporation in human resources and community relations, where she designed and implemented a strategic K-12 education reform initiative for the CEO and Board of Directors. Dr. Fairchild has extensive media experience and her writing has been published in leading newspapers. Tierney currently chairs the board of trustees of the UVa IDEA Fund, supporting inclusion, diversity, equity and access at the University.

Tierney earned her Ph.D. in education leadership and policy studies at the Curry School, University of Virginia; her MBA from the Darden School, University of Virginia; and her BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Gregory B. Fairchild, Ph.D.
Academic Director

E. Thayer Bigelow Research Chair and Associate Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, Fairchild teaches strategic management, entrepreneurship and ethics in Darden’s MBA and Executive Education programs. He was most recently the Executive Director of the Tayloe Murphy Center where he designed research and outreach programs focused on underserved communities. Two notable programs include the Resilience Awards for fast-growing, small businesses located in economically challenged areas and the Certificate in Entrepreneurship offered to middle- and low-income aspiring entrepreneurs.

Fairchild previously served 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 was named one of five high impact research professors, and the sole scholar focused in entrepreneurship by the Financial Times (January 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. His multidisciplinary work has been cited by Inc. Magazine, The Economist, National Public Radio, New York Times and the Washington Post, among others.

Fairchild earned his Ph.D. and M. Phil from the Columbia University Graduate Business School. He holds an MBA from the Darden School at UVa and received his B.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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