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College of Business Devotes Month to Ethics Awareness PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, February 04, 2010
Contact Van Arnold, 601.266.5568   

of Business students at The University of Southern Mississippi are spending the month of February examining the importance of ethical conduct in the professional world.

Last year the deans of the colleges of business in Mississippi agreed to devote a week in February to creating greater awareness about the significance of ethical behavior. Dr. Lance Nail, dean of the College of Business at Southern Miss, decided to take the commitment a step further.

“We felt so strongly about the importance of promoting ethical behavior that we devoted a month’s activities to bring greater awareness to the subject,” said Nail. “In so many instances otherwise good people engaged in unethical conduct that seemed so inconsequential at the time but resulted in terrible outcomes.

“We hope that our students realize that we are committed to producing graduates who keep ethical behavior in the forefront of their thoughts and actions.”

One of the highlights during the business ethics month will be a presentation by former Healthsouth CEO and co-founder Aaron Beam on Feb. 9 at Joseph Greene Hall on the Southern Miss campus. Beam will share the story of his rise and fall with the health care giant, which involved a massive accounting scandal and eventual prison time.

Other scheduled activities this month include the following:

 A presentation by current Healthsouth CEO Jay Grinney at the College of Business Honors House on Feb. 25. Grinney will discuss the cleanup process that occurred in the aftermath of the accounting scandal.

 A discussion led Dr. Skip Hughes, director of the School of Accountancy at Southern Miss, on Cynthia Cooper’s book, “Extraordinary Circumstances,” which recounts her role as a whistleblower amid the accounting fraud at WorldCom.

 A special lecture by Dr. Ernest King, professor of business ethics at Southern Miss.

For more information about these activities and the College of Business at Southern Miss call 601.266.4659 or visit

PHOTO: Aaron Beam

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