Oklahoma Christian University's School of Business Administration will host Ethics Week November 14 through 18 to highlight the importance of high ethical standards.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Jim Gardner, Professor of Philosophy at Freed-Hardeman University. Dr. Gardner will speak at the 5th Annual J.J. Millican Ethics Symposium on the topic of "Building Mutual Trust in our Society" on November 14 at 7:30 p.m. The event is free to the public in the Gaylord University Center on the OC campus. It is worth one credit hour of continuing professional education in the area of ethics for Certified Public Accountants.
Dr. Gardner's visit continues Oklahoma Christian's tradition of hosting an ethics symposium each year to focus on the importance of high ethical standards, according to Elaine D. Kelly, associate professor of accounting and holder of the J.J. Millican chair.
Dr. Jim Gardner graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School, and has done additional work at Dartmouth College and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. As a teacher, he served as an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law and as an adjunct lecturer at the College of Business Administration.
His work as a businessman is equally as impressive. Dr. Gardner spent 20 years practicing corporate law and held various management positions in the coal mining industry. Dr. Gardner joined Freed-Hardeman in 2005 after retiring in 2004 as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Massey Energy, a large mining company with annual revenues in excess of $2 billion and whose common stock is traded on the New York Exchange. Dr. Gardner also served as a Director of Massey Energy, and continues to serve today on the Board of Directors of another publicly-traded energy company.
So what motivated an Ivy League graduate to leave a multi-billion dollar company to come to Freed-Hardeman? According to Dr. Gardner, it was his "love for teaching, especially the Bible." "What I like most about Freed-Hardeman," Dr. Gardner said, "is the devotion and purpose of the school and its faculty. I generally regard my students as though they were my own children. I feel very strongly that the school has great value in the intellectual, spiritual and personal lives of our students and I am honored to be a part of that."