North Georgia College & State University received a $1 million donation from BB&T to establish the Center of Excellence in Ethical Business Leadership as an academic unit in the Mike Cottrell School of Business.
"To prepare students for the new and complex ethical challenges facing the next generation of business leaders, we must provide opportunities for them to actively engage in ethical leadership, analysis, debate, and decision making," said Bonita Jacobs, president of North Georgia College & State University.
"This generous gift from BB&T supports our mission to develop globally conscious leaders who demonstrate strong personal values such as respect and integrity, and it will enable our students and faculty to expand educational partnerships throughout this region."
The Center of Excellence in Ethical Business Leadership, expected to develop over a five-year period, will provide opportunities for students to gain a deeper understanding of how ethical leadership principles apply to organizations, communities, regions, and international environments.
Initially, the center will focus on service-learning opportunities with regional not-for-profit organizations.
Future work will include integrating ethical leadership into the curriculum, research and service that provide value to the region, and the potential development of an academic minor in ethical leadership and a professional certification program.
Integral to the concept for the center's development is regional engagement through conferences, K-12 educational opportunities and collaborations, and community partnerships.