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.
Contact Information and How to Join
The Auburn SCPT is actively planning its events for the Spring and looking for any student interested in ethical leadership. To become a member, contact the Center for Ethical Organizational Cultures, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 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:
Updated: August 31, 2017