College of Business Presents Lecture on Business Ethics

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March 30, 2015


Michele Appelgate, College of Business, 515-294-5800,

Angie Hunt, News Service, 515-294-8986,


College of Business Presents Lecture on Ethics in Business


AMES, Iowa – In an ongoing effort to provide quality lectures dealing with ethics in business, the Iowa State University College of Business presents Dr. Paul Melendez of the University of Arizona as the guest speaker for the spring Bacon Ethics Lecture.  


Melendez, who has been with the Eller College of Management since 1996, will present “Leadership Ethics: Revelations and Reminders” from 9:00-9:50 a.m. Monday, April 6 in the Gerdin Business Building, room 0330. The lecture is free and open to all students, faculty, staff and members of the community.


It’s important for business students attend a lecture about ethics, according to Melendez.


“Students represent the next generation of business leaders,” he said. “Business leaders, now more than ever, must be ethical and moral. Students must understand the connection between their current behavior in the classroom and their future behavior in the boardroom. “


That’s also why the College of Business organizes these types of lectures.


“We feel it’s essential for students to learn about ethics in business,” said David Spalding, the Raisbeck Endowed Dean of the College of Business at Iowa State University. “This is something that impacts every business. Students will face ethical issues in many ways in many places during their careers. We encourage any student to attend this lecture, no matter what their major.”


Dr. Paul Melendez has been with the Eller College of Management since 1996. He earned his doctorate from The University of Arizona with a specialization in privatization. He serves as Assistant Dean for Executive Education, Founder of the Center for Leadership Ethics, and a Professor of Practice in Management and Organizations.


As the Assistant Dean for Executive Education, he develops open enrollment and customized executive education programs for business, government, and non-profit clients around the world.


As Founder of the Center for Leadership Ethics, he leads efforts to improve organizational ethics through research, education, and outreach programs. As a Professor, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in business ethics and international management, writes a variety of cases on personal and professional ethics, consults, and leads academic programs to emerging economies.



History of Bacon Ethics Lecture

After seeing too many business ethical issues on the front page of newspapers, Murray Bacon, a retired computer executive, wanted to develop educational strategies and materials for teaching ethics to students. Since the mid-1990s, the Iowa State University College of Business has worked in conjunction with the late Murray Bacon, and a number of passionate supporters, to organize a series of activities designed to focus attention on ethics. The Bacon Ethics Lecture is one part of this effort, providing a forum for discussion and education about current topics in ethics.


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