Ethisphere Magazine Names Ronald F. Duska PhD to 100 Most Influential People In Business Ethics

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Dr. Ronald F. Duska the Charles Lamont Post Chair of Ethics and the Professions at The American College has been named one of the "100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics" by Ethisphere Magazine, a global publication dedicated to examining the important correlation between ethics and profit. The list recognizes individuals for their inspiring contributions to business ethics.

Dr. Ronald F. Duska the Charles Lamont Post Chair of Ethics and the Professions at The American College has been named one of the "100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics" by Ethisphere Magazine, a global publication dedicated to examining the important correlation between ethics and profit. The list recognizes individuals for their inspiring contributions to business ethics.

"I am extremely gratified to be included in such a group of distinguished people, not to mention be listed as a thought leader among a cast of some of the most outstanding business and education leaders," said Dr. Duska. "My association with The American College and my work as director of The College's Center for Ethics In Financial Services, which is devoted exclusively to examining ethics in the financial services industry, gives me exposure and access to a wide range of industry leaders--including CEOs and other executives of financial services companies as well as the 'best of the best' among financial planners."

A panelist of ethics experts from major universities including New York University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Delaware, and Arizona State University, among others, submitted nominations and ranked individuals who influenced ethical behavior in global business. Research was done in cooperation with analysts from the Ethisphere Institute and while hundreds of individuals were considered, ultimately only 100 made the list. They are ranked in order from 1 to 100 based upon relative weightings provided by the panelists and analysts.

"These individuals deserve tremendous praise for their efforts to advance the public discourse on issues relating to business ethics," said Ethisphere editor Stefan Linssen. "These finalists represent many different industries and organizations--large and small, public and private, but what unites them is an unwavering commitment to promoting ethical best practices and stimulating corporate social responsibility."

Ronald F. Duska, PhD, is the Charles Lamont Post Chair of Ethics and the Professions as well as the Director of The American College Center for Ethics in Financial Services. The Center sponsors and conducts a variety of educational programs and workshops in business ethics for the financial professionals.

One of the Center's annual highlights is a yearly forum on ethical leadership that brings together prominent chief executives from financial services companies such as Northwestern Mutual, Nationwide, State Farm, Penn Mutual, New York Life and others with the world's most prominent business ethicists for a day discussing pressing business ethics issues.

On March 4, 2008, The College will kick-off its celebration of Ethics Awareness Month with a webcast about "The Role of The Ethical Leader: How To Put Ethics Into Practice in Financial Services." This webcast will provide participants with a unique opportunity to learn more about ethical leadership from four prominent leaders in the financial services industry. For more information about the webcast contact Jamie Rij at 610-526-1324 or via e-mail at Jamie.Rij @ TheAmericanCollege.edu

Besides directing the center and teaching at The College, Duska is the author, co-author, or editor of numerous books. His most recent book, "Contemporary Reflections on Business Ethics" was published by Springer in 2007. It is part of the publisher's "Issues in Ethics" series. Dr. Duska has also authored numerous articles on philosophy and business ethics in various journals, and lectured and/or taught as an adjunct professor at numerous universities, including The Wharton School of Business and The University of Virginia.    

The mission of The American College Center for Ethics in Financial Services is to assist in raising the level of ethical behavior in the financial services industry. The Center also aims to serve as a catalyst for professional and responsible behavior by providing information to multiple stakeholders, moderating dialogue among various constituencies, and influencing behavior through a diverse array of programs. These programs are designed to launch business leaders, producers, and educators into conversations that will influence ethical business practices, and in turn, enhance ethical awareness.

The American College is dedicated to leadership in innovative training and development that helps financial services companies and their employees succeed. As a non-profit educational institution holding the highest level of academic accreditation, The College has served as a valued business partner to banks, brokerage firms, insurance companies, and others for 80 years. The American College's faculty represents some of the financial services industry's foremost thought leaders. For more information, visit TheAmericanCollege.edu.

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