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About The Center

Purpose


The Center for Business Ethics at Belmont University aspires to be a preeminent center for applied ethics In the Southeastern United States. It focuses on creating strong ethical business leaders for a better society. The Edward C. Kennedy Center for Business Ethics provides:

  • a forum in which leaders of organizations can interact with one another to discuss key issues in the area of organizational integrity;
  • resources to facilitate the development of ethical standards of conduct;
  • practical educational orientation about concepts of organizational ethics and compliance processes.

History


The Center for Business Ethics was founded in 1994 by Dr. Clifford Eubanks, Dean of Belmont University's Jack C. Massey College of Business, and Dr. Harry N. Hollis, James M. Medlin Chair of Business Ethics. Working with Dr. William E. Troutt, then President of Belmont University, the James Medlin family made possible the establishment of the Center with generous gifts to Belmont University to be used to support the teaching of Ethics to students at the university.

Dr. James M. Clapper, Dean of the College of Business from 1997-2003, continued the strong commitment enabling the Center to grow and become an effective resource for promoting responsible ethics in businesses and in the professions. Under Dr. J. Patrick Raines, who became Dean in 2003, the Center for Business Ethics has continued to prosper. Mr. Harold Fogelberg served as Director of the Edward C. Kennedy Center for Business Ethics from 2010 until his retirement in 2018. Mr. W. Boyd Smith was appointed the Center’s third Director in 2018.

The work of the Center was greatly strengthened initially by gifts from The First Tennessee Foundation and by The Dorothy Cate and Thomas F. Frist Foundation. These gifts have been used to help present conferences on such issues as health care, business ethics, sports ethics, and ethics in the music business. These gifts have also funded scholarships for students to attend conferences sponsored by the Center.

In November 2012, Belmont University’s Jack C. Massey College of Business celebrated a generous endowment received from civic leader and Belmont Trustee Helen Kennedy by naming its Center for Business Ethics in honor of her late husband, Edward Creasman Kennedy, a local businessman who exemplified the values the Center promotes. A graduate of Hume Fogg High School and lifetime deacon of Judson Baptist Church, Mr. Kennedy co-founded Ed’s Supply Company and was actively involved in many organizations related to the heating, cooling and refrigeration industry. Mr. Kennedy also served 12 years as a Belmont University Trustee. Mr. Kennedy was widely recognized for his consistent and unwavering commitment to fair, honest and ethical practices in all aspects of his business and personal relationships.

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