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Ethics expert Jennings adds to Carey School duties

July 11, 2006

ASU's W. P. Carey School of Business has announced the appointment of nationally known ethics expert Marianne Jennings to the position of faculty director of the W. P. Carey MBA – Executive Program.

“Marianne's appointment to lead our executive program indicates our strong belief that ethical considerations must be at the core of all business decisions,” says Gerry Keim, associate dean of W. P. Carey MBA programs.

Jennings, a professor of legal and ethical studies in business and former attorney, joined ASU as an assistant professor in 1977. She was promoted to full professor in 1983.

Jennings worked to introduce the first business ethics course at the W. P. Carey School in 1986, based on her concerns over the ethical scandals of Ivan Boesky and Michael Milken in the mid-1980s.

As an expert on legal and ethical issues, Jennings has contributed weekly columns to such nationally syndicated publications as the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times and the Washington Post. She also has commented on business ethics for television shows, including “CBS This Morning,” CNBC, NBC's “Today Show” and the “CBS Evening News,” and on the National Public Radio program “All Things Considered.”

Jennings teaches business ethics in the W. P. Carey MBA program. She consistently has been ranked as a popular professor among students. Jennings requires her students to establish personal ethics statements for themselves in planning for their careers.

“Ethics touches every field, and it is a critical part of long-term success in business,” Jennings says. “Including ethics courses in our executive program makes the students think more deeply about the importance of ethics in the business world.

“I want to see the W. P. Carey School of Business train the next generation of business leaders – executives who truly understand the role of ethics in economic systems and in business success.”

“Marianne is one of our truly outstanding W. P. Carey School professors,” Keim says. “She not only has a worldwide reputation as an excellent researcher in the area of business ethics, but she is also widely known as a consultant and has worked for many major corporations.”

Jennings received an undergraduate degree in finance and her doctoral degree in law from Brigham Young University. She completed internships at the federal public defender and U.S. attorney in Nevada, and has served as a consultant for law firms, businesses and large corporations including AES, Boeing, Motorola, IBM and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Jennings also has worked for the cities of Phoenix, Mesa and Tucson.

In addition to writing more than 130 published articles and six textbooks, Jennings' latest book, “Seven Signs to Ethical Collapse,” will make its way to bookstores Aug. 3.