The MasterCard Professorship in Business Administration was funded by a generous gift from MasterCard International, Inc. The professorship will allow a distinguished professor to create and integrate a climate of innovative and entrepreneurial spirit into the curriculum at the Darden School of Business Administration. The funding for the Professorship was coordinated in 1996 through the efforts of H. Eugene Lockhart while he served as the chief executive officer for MasterCard. Mr. Lockhart is a 1972 graduate of the School of Engineering and a 1974 graduate of the Darden School. Mr. Lockhart is a member of the Darden Trustees and a past chairman, and was previously the chairman of the University of Virginia¿s Alumni Association. MasterCard is a global payments company with one of the most recognized and respected brands in the world. MasterCard is an advocate for education and pioneering initiatives designed to help young consumers develop sound money management skills.