Meet the Faculty
Dr. Barry Padgett
James M. Medlin Chair of Business Ethics
Professor of Management
Dr. Barry Padgett joined the faculty of the College of Business Administration at Belmont University on August 1, 2010.
Dr. Padgett received his B.A. from the University of Mobile, M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Louisville, and Ph.D. from Purdue University. He comes to Belmont after 10 years of teaching at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, where he has directed the Ethics and Social Justice Program since 2002.
At Bellarmine, he taught graduate courses in Business Ethics and Bioethics and undergraduate courses in Philosophy of Law, Logic, Marketing Ethics, Business Ethics, and Health Care Ethics. Believing that education, particularly applied ethics, works best when it challenges individuals to search introspectively for resolutions to difficult contemporary issues, he has received multiple awards for his teaching.
In addition to numerous articles in professional journals including the Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues, Business Ethics Quarterly, and Academy of Marketing Studies Journal, he has authored two books. In the most recent, published in 2009 and entitled Professional Morality and ‘Guilty Bystanding:' Merton's Conjectures and the Value of Work, Padgett asserts that work has a central role in our lives and is a major component of self actualization and well-being. Using the works of Thomas Merton as a guide, Padgett contends that a renewal of our professional lives and the institutional contexts in which we operate is needed to humanize the alienating aspects of work and professions.
Dr. Padgett has served his university in various capacities, his community as a media expert and Better Business Bureau "Torch Awards" (business ethics) judge, and his profession as a guest speaker to professional organizations including the Louisville Bar Association and Louisville Public Library.
Dr. Harry N. Hollis
Professor Emeritus of Management
Dr. Hollis is the co-founder, past director of the Center for Business Ethics at Belmont University, and past James M. Medlin Chair of Business Ethics. His desire to help students become more effective in building ethical organizations was evidenced in his classroom as he brought in his passion for equipping students with the tools needed to make responsible, ethical decisions. He was awarded emeritus standing in the Spring of 2010. Though no longer in the classroom, Dr. Hollis continues to serve on the advisory board of the Center for Business Ethics.
Professor Hollis is an experienced speaker, writer, and consultant involving ethical issues in business, government, educational, and health-care organizations. He has appeared on prime time ABC, CBS and NBC news programs to discuss ethics and management issues.
He continues to work through the Center for Business Ethics to equip people to deal with today's complex ethics issues and dilemmas. One of his favorite quotes is by Princeton physicist John Wheeler who said: "The reason universities have students is so professors can learn! I see students as co-learners, and I believe the best learning takes place in relationships."
Mr. Harold Fogelberg
Director, Center for Business Ethics
Mr. Fogelberg holds a bachelor degree in economics from Butler University and a Master in Business Administration from Indiana University.
His 35-year business career began with a position with a Fortune 500 company in Indiana. He then worked five years with one of the largest privately held companies in the Southeastern United States. Most recently, he spent 28 years in commercial banking. He is currently an associate of Compass Executives, a Nashville-based consulting company that provides leadership, mentoring, strategic planning, and management services to area businesses.
Having served on a number of boards, Mr. Fogelberg is currently on the Board of Directors of Character Counts! Nashville, a non-profit organization that offers programs in character development and ethics to educational, governmental, and business organizations.
Dr. Jennifer Wilgus Fowler
Assistant Professor of Economics with Entertainment Industry Focus
Dr. Fowler earned both her M.A. in Finance and Economics and her Ph.D. in Economics at Middle Tennessee State University. Most recently, she was Assistant Professor of Economics at Marian College in Indiana. She now teaches macroeconomics and the history of economic thought through the College of Business Administration and entertainment industry economics for the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business at Belmont University.
Her areas of interest include: household consumption, entertainment economics, and macroeconomic theory. As a Research Associate at MTSU, she worked on economic studies that included: Tennessee Business Retention & Expansion Program, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Workforce Survey, 1997 U.S. Figure Skating Championships Music City USA, Cumberland County Playhouse Economic Impact Study, The Economic Impact of the Arts in Tennessee, and Needs Assessments for individual counties in Tennessee.