Grant to fund business ethics position

Samira Felix
Staff Writer

The University of La Verne College of Business and Public Management recently received a $1.5 million grant from the Richard and Beth Landis Foundation for an endowed professor position in business leadership and ethics. 

“The Landises were … deeply respected leaders of the University of La Verne,” said Sherri Mylott, vice president of University advancement. “Leadership and ethics in business were very important to them. This motivated them to make this gift.”

College of Business Dean Emmeline de Pillis explained the importance of business and leadership ethics.

“It’s a very common complaint when it comes to business education that we turn out people who are very good at calculating, predicting and doing spreadsheets, but we don’t always think about ethics,” De Pillis said. “To put our business decisions in the context of ethics and to have high profile scholars to help us carry and elevate that message is going to be great for the university and great for our students and alumni.

“To have business leadership and ethics integrated into our curriculum in a very high profile way is going to give it an extra boost and make it very high profile to the public,” De Pillis added.

Business leadership and ethics is a broadly defined field, which means the University will have considerable latitude in choosing the right person to fill the position. 

“If you look at it in terms of the gift, it is very broad,” De Pillis said. She added that the candidate should be a good fit for the University.

The search for this candidate will be headed by De Pillis and University Provost Kerop Janoyan.

“Richard and Beth Landis have left such a great impact at the University,” Janoyan said. “Their legacy is going to live forever through this professorship.”

Samira Felix can be reached at samira.felix@laverne.edu.

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Samira Felix, a junior journalism major with a concentration in print-online journalism, is news editor for the Campus Times. She previously served as a staff writer.

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