HPU Business Student Association Hosts Ethics Discussion

Posted on February 22, 2010.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 22, 2010 ? High Point University students, as well as community members, had the chance to learn about business ethics, thanks to a visit from local executives who came to the HPU campus to speak on the topic as part of the university’s Business Student Association speakers series.

Guests included Don Webb of Wells Fargo, Paul Lessard of the High Point Community Foundation, George Clopton of Ralph Lauren and David Miller of DS Miller, who answered questions about the role of ethics in the workplace and the effects of the Bernie Madoff scandal. The executives also discussed whether and how ethics can be taught and common temptations new employees face in the workplace.

“We were all able to hear of ethical challenges we may encounter as leaders of different organizations and learn of ethical ways to handle those situations,” said Jeremy Hiatt, vice president of the BSA. “We were fortunate to have four business leaders discuss leadership and successful business principles through the prism of integrity and ethics.”

“With so many news reports detailing ethical lapses, it is refreshing for students to hear success stories based on doing business according to high ethical principles,” says Dr. Jim Wehrley, dean of the Phillips School of Business.

The Business Student Association (BSA) at HPU provides learning events and activities for students interested in business, and also facilitates networking among students and local business leaders, while promoting economic empowerment in the community.  The BSA is affiliated with Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE).

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at or on Twitter at @HighPointU.

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration


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