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Tierney to speak on ethical organizational cultures

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On Nov. 17, Dr. William Tierney, associate dean for research and faculty affairs at University of Southern California – Rossier, and co-director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education, will speak about promoting an ethical culture at UNG's Dahlonega Campus. His presentation will be in the Dining Hall banquet room from noon until 1 p.m., and the event will be broadcast to each of the following locations at UNG campuses: Cumming Campus, room 208; Gainesville Campus, Dunlap-Mathis Building, room 109; Oconee Campus, Classroom Building, room 318.

Tierney's presentation is one way in which the University of North Georgia (UNG) is supporting the University System of Georgia's new "SPIRIT of USG" initiative to promote good stewardship and ethics. USG Regent Sachin Shailendra will attend Tierney's presentation.

"As I stated in the 2013 State of the Student address, our stewardship responsibility is the key to how to support students — preparing them for life in all of its challenges and uncertainties," USG Chancellor Hank Huckaby said in announcing the SPIRIT of USG initiative.

As part of a continuing commitment to the system's stewardship responsibilities, the SPIRIT of USG campaign is focused on Stewardship, Prevention, Integrity, Responsibility, Inspiration, and Trust, and it is one piece of a comprehensive Ethics and Compliance Program that includes ethics training, mandatory compliance training, assurance audits, consulting engagements and an ethics and compliance reporting hotline.

"UNG's institutional values – excellence, student-focus, integrity, engagement, and service – are closely aligned with the purpose of this USG initiative, and our university culture reinforces our role as responsible stewards of the resources and responsibilities with which we are entrusted," UNG President Bonita C. Jacobs said.

The creation of ethical cultures is a key purpose of the BB&T Center for Ethical Business Leadership, a unit of UNG's Mike Cottrell College of Business. Rose Procter, director for the center, is leading UNG's commitment to the SPIRIT of USG initiative. She said the basis for much of the programming was already outlined in the university's Strategic Plan.

"We will use this event as a launching pad to promote UNG's ethical culture with an aim of having a long-term impact, and to continue the growth of these initiatives in the future," Procter said.

In addition to Tierney's presentation, the UNG Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Team is competing in a regional competition on Nov. 15. These activities will mark the beginning of long-range efforts to highlight UNG's culture and values.

Registration is required to attend this event; please click here to register.

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