Student Center for Public Trust
The Student Center for Public Trust has 37 chapters in 18 states and consists of students that show dedication to ethical leadership. This organization focuses on the importance of not only ethical leadership but also the necessity for accountability, integrity and trust across all avenues of business. Student CPT chapters have resources, mentors and networking available due to the NASBA (National Association of State Boards of Accountancy) Center for Public Trust.
The most notable benefits of membership include:
- Obtaining unique skills, setting yourself apart as an ethical leader and differentiating yourself from other potential job candidates
- Having the opportunity to participate in training sessions, community service projects, conferences and a unique ethical leadership certification
- Interacting and networking with faculty, local leaders and various executives
The Auburn SCPT (sponsored by the Center for Ethical Organizational Cultures) meets twice a semester and emphasizes realistic learning with prominent guest speakers filling the bulk of each meeting. The inaugural meeting (on October 23rd, 2017) showcased Alfonzo Alexander, Chief Relationship Officer of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy and the President and CEO of the Student Center for Public Trust.
“The SCPT will become the focal point for providing student information and resources to advance ethical leadership in their careers. Mr. Alexander’s talk was as engaging as it was informative. Often asking participants to give their thoughts on certain ethical dilemmas and encouraging discussion – it was an opportunity to put a more dynamic face on a subject that is so often met with nonchalance. This event was a fantastic first impression for an organization that aims to make a big splash on campus,” said Auburn SCPT chapter advisor O.C. Ferrell, the James T. Pursell, Sr., Eminent Scholar in Ethics and Director of the Center for Ethical Organizational Cultures.
- Shelby Wyatt, President
- Edmund Wang, VIce President
- Michael Sims, Treasurer
Contact Information and How to Join
The Auburn SCPT is actively planning its events for the Fall and Spring and looking for any student interested in ethical leadership. To become a member, contact the Center for Ethical Organizational Cultures, at email@example.com, or search Auburn SCPT on AUinvolve.
Alfonzo Alexander is Chief Relationship Officer of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and the President and CEO of the Student Center for Public Trust. Alexander was the inaugural speaker for the Auburn SCPT chapter and addressed more than 115 students during his talk on “Ethical Leadership: The True Sustainable Leadership.” He shared personal and professional experiences about how ethics has played a role in his success and consequently, plays a role in many business professionals’ demise.
For more information on Alfonzo, take a look at these links:
- SCPT website bio: https://thecpt.org/about-us/cpt-staff/alfonzo-alexander/
- NASBA website bio:
Or check out this story from the Harbert College of Business on Alfonzo’s inaugural speech:
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