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OD: Sustaining an Ethical Culture on Campus

Recorded on: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 1:00 PM ET


The business office exerts influence across campus and must take a leadership role in driving ethical business practices throughout the institution. An ethical culture supports compliance while fostering trust, goodwill, reputational strength and employee retention.  

As leaders of the financial staff, chief business officers and controllers are stewards of the institution’s financial resources.  This complex role involves skills of science and art; in addition to technical skills, financial leaders must be stellar communicators and role models that weave ethics into the fabric of the organization.  Although ethical practice is simply defined as adhering to and promoting principles of right and wrong, it is not always easy to parse requests and decisions along a perfect ethical line. It can be even less easy to address instances of line crossing or corruption.

Participants will also receive an advance copy of the white paper, “Roles, Duties and Ethical Responsibilities of the Chief Financial Officer,” written by webcast presenter Larry Ladd.

What You Will Learn

  • Examine how building an ethical culture can enhance employee moral
  • Learn from case studies and firsthand experiences how to deal with issues of transparency
  • Explore the importance of communication and timely and definitive action
  • Understand how ethics influences business practice and compliance

Meet the Presenters

  • Larry Ladd, national director of higher education practice, Grant Thornton
  • John Palmucci, former vice president finance and administration, Loyola College of Maryland
  • Moderator: Sue Menditto, director accounting policy, NACUBO

Who Should Attend

  • Presidents
  • Trustees
  • Chief Business officers
  • Chief Finance officers
  • Investment officers
  • Budgeting directors
  • Accounting staff
  • Controllers

Course Information

Course Level: Intermediate
CPE Field of Study: Regulatory and Behavioral Ethics
Length: 100 minutes
Prerequisites: none
CPE Credits: 2.0


Member Site Fee: $189.00
Non-Member Site Fee: $219.00


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