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 Spring Meeting
Auburn's chapter of the Student Center for Public Trust held its spring meeting on Monday, March 19th, featuring guest speaker Wilson Nash. Nash earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama School of Law where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He now functions as the Associate General Counsel for Brasfield and Gorrie, LLC, one of the largest privately held construction companies in the U.S. Here he reviews and negotiates contracts and purchase orders on a daily basis along with providing project-specific counsel. Mr. Nash also serves as the ethics and compliance officer and therefore is responsible for the oversight of ethics and the firm’s code of conduct.
In his captivating speech on balancing ethics and compliance with two separate workforces, Mr. Nash provided examples of the success of Brasfield and Gorrie and its commitment to stakeholders. The firm has an unwavering commitment to quality and integrity. For example, safety is their highest priority which is reflected in their SEE IT, OWN IT, SHARE IT initiative. The company’s values also include performance, integrity, respect, innovation and teamwork. Brasfield and Gorrie was the first construction firm to become a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics. The firm also has an ethics and compliance hotline which is monitored by a third party.
Updated: August 31, 2017