About the Center
Organizational cultures provide the foundation for ethical decision making. While individual integrity is important, each profession has its own set of ethical risks and standards of behavior that are required for success. Ethical leaders are necessary to implement and maintain shared values that create an ethical organizational culture. The Center focuses on providing resources and activities that support ethical conduct in any type of organization. Teaching resources are also available for faculty. The Center engages students and faculty in robust educational experiences and events. The Center also sponsors the Auburn Chapter of the Student Center for Public Trust, which engages students with programs featuring outside speakers.
The Center was established in 2008 in response to support by Mr. James T. Pursell, Sr. of Sylacauga, AL to address ethical conduct in business. The Center is dedicated to “producing high-demand graduates and generating knowledge that drives business thought and practice.” Preparing ethical leaders and supporting ethical organizational cultures provides a foundation for success in any organization.
Dr. Achilles Armenakis was the founding Director in 2008. Dr. O.C. Ferrell became Director of the Center in the Summer of 2017. Dr. Ferrell continues to establish contacts and identify individuals/organizations and create programs that will contribute to the Center’s mission. Faculty, students, and external constituents are involved in advancing the activities of the Center.
Auburn Student Center for Public Trust Fall Meeting with Carol Tomé
When: Thursday September 27, 9:30-10:30am
Where: Mell 2510
Topic: Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast
Carol B. Tomé joined The Home Depot in 1995 after spending significant time at United Bank of Denver (now Wells Fargo), Johns-Manville Corporation and then Riverwood International Corporation. Proving her vast financial knowledge and leadership skills, she became chief financial officer of The Home Depot in 2001 and was further named executive vice president of corporate services in January 2007.
Carol has experience throughout a variety of topics including financial reporting and operations, financial planning and analysis, and internal audit amongst many others. This knowledge spans across areas such as real estate, financial services and business development.
Her list of achievements is extensive, including The Wall Street Journal listing her as No. 2 best chief financial officer in corporate America in 2012 and then being listed on Fortune’s Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Business the next year (for the second consecutive year). Carol is highly involved in the community, serving as a board member for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, The Metropolitan Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Grady Hospital and numerous more.
Carol received her bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Wyoming and then continued on to earn her Master of Business Administration in finance from the University of Denver.
Please join us as Carol discusses her extensive knowledge and experience with the Auburn Family!
Updated: August 31, 2017