Perdue School of Business
Perdue Hall

Ethics Week 2011

Ethics Week Videos

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Jim Perdue

Jim Perdue
Chairman of Perdue Farms (13:19)

Carie Lewis, Director of Emerging Media Online Communications

Carie Lewis ('03)
Director of Emerging Media Online Communications, HSUS (7:18)

Terry Mead CEO Avon-Dixon LLC

Terry Mead
CEO Avon-Dixon LLC (8:58)

Stephanie Downes Mortgage Consultant Wells Fargo

Stephanie Downes
Mortgage Consultant Wells Fargo (7:23)

Today, ethics play a major role in decision making in all areas of business. The Perdue School of Business is raising awareness of professional ethics during Ethics Week, February 28 through March 4, with a variety of events. Highlighting the activities, the Perdue School of Business welcomes Executive Leadership Series speaker Aaron Beam, Co-Founder and First Chief Financial Officer of Health South, on Monday, February 28, at 3:30pm in Holloway Hall Auditorium. Some additional activities for Ethics Week include video interviews, scholarships, classroom activities, and much more.

The featured video interviews have been conducted by Student Business Leaders John Stockel, Hunter McIntyre, and Jamie Douglas, and Marketing Professor Paula Morris. These interviews present leaders in the business world who consistently display high ethical standards. John Stockel interviewed Jim Perdue, the chairman and Spokesperson for Perdue Farms. Paula Morris interviewed Carie Lewis ('03), Director of Emerging Media Online Communications for the Human Society of the United States. Hunter McIntyre interviewed Terry Mead, CEO, Avon-Dixon, LLC; and Jamie Douglas interviewed Stephanie Downes, Mortgage Consultant, Wells Fargo.

The Perdue School of Business is also awarding the Ethics Week Scholarship to three undergraduate Perdue School students who demonstrate their understanding of ethical behavior in the business world through the completion of a written essay.

In addition, faculty are implementing Ethics Week awareness through different means in the classroom. Whether it be guest speakers, additional assignments, or just dedicating class time toward discussing ethical behavior, our faculty emphatically acknowledge the importance of this week.

The Perdue School also wants to keep students engaged in learning more about ethics and are posting trivia questions via Facebook and e-mail based on the Perdue Pledge and the Ethical Will of Mr. Frank Perdue. There will be prizes awarded for those students who answer these questions correctly.

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Perdue Pledge

I will . . .

Act ethically in the decisions I make.
Make an effort to represent Salisbury University in a positive light.

Promise to work hard to achieve my academic and professional goals.
Engage in activities that make a difference through serving the community.
Recognize myself and others by honoring achievements.
Draw beneficial experiences from my networking opportunities.
Understand that when I act, speak, and write, the world may be watching.
Embody this code to represent myself, my school, and my community honorably.


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Frank Perdue’s Ethical Will

  1. Frank PerdueBe honest always.
  2. Be a person that others are justified in trusting.
  3. If you say you will do something, do it.
  4. You don’t have to be the best, but you should be the best you can be.
  5. Treat all people with courtesy and respect, no exceptions.
  6. Remember that the way to be happy is to think of what you can do for others. The way to be miserable is to think about what people should be doing for you.
  7. Be part of something bigger than your own self. That something can be family, pursuit of knowledge, the environment, or whatever you choose.
  8. Remember that hard work is satisfying and fulfilling.
  9. Nurture the ability to laugh and have fun.
  10. Have respect for those who have gone before; learn from their weaknesses; build on their strengths.