Business leaders to share ethics lessons with southern Colorado colleges and universities

Eric Nissen, UCCS, (719) 255-3755, [email protected] Tom Hutton, UCCS, (719) 255-3439, (719) 351-6519, [email protected] Bruce Wilmsen, Daniels Fund, (720) 941-4429, [email protected]

Editor’s note: Reporters are welcome to attend the Aug. 19 and 20 sessions. Please contact Elisabeth Moore, [email protected], or 255-5168, for program details.

Linda Childears
Linda Childears
Venkat Reddy
Venkat Reddy

COLORADO SPRINGS – A vice president of ethics and business conduct for an international aerospace company and executives of the Denver-based Daniels Fund along with faculty from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs will share lessons in ethics and leadership with representatives of nine regional college and universities Aug. 19 and 20 on the UCCS campus.

Barney Rosenberg, vice president, Megitt PLC, a global engineering group specializing in extreme environment components and sub-systems for aerospace, defense and energy markets, will join Linda Childears, president and CEO, Daniels Fund, in launching an expansion of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at UCCS to nine other colleges and universities. Nine ethics champions from two- and four-year colleges from as far away as Durango will join seven new UCCS Ethics Fellows to attend two days of workshops designed to help launch ethics initiatives on their own campuses. The UCCS College of Business is sponsoring this initiative in conjunction with the Daniels Fund.

“We are delighted to expand the success of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at UCCS throughout more of southern Colorado’s higher education institutions, including many of our partner schools and universities,” Venkat Reddy, dean, College of Business, said. “Ethical decision making skills have never been more important in business and throughout society, and we are excited to be a resource and catalyst for this important curriculum.”

Linda Childears said:

“Our founder, Bill Daniels, considered his reputation for honesty and integrity to be his most valuable business asset, and he believed in the importance of teaching ethics in colleges and universities. We are excited about this opportunity to expand principle-based ethics education to reach so many students throughout southern Colorado.”

Representatives from the following schools are expected to attend: Adams State University, Colorado State University – Pueblo, Fort Lewis College, Western State Colorado University, Lamar Community College, Otero Community College, Pueblo Community College, Pikes Peak Community College and Trinidad State Junior College.

The schools are all part of a Southern Colorado Education Consortium, a group of southern Colorado colleges and universities that work cooperatively to increase the number of southern Colorado residents who attend college.

Housed in the College of Business, the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at UCCS is a resource for principle-based ethics education, serving students, educators, business leaders and the community. It will serve as the hub for the programs at the other schools. Ethics champions will share learning opportunities with their respective campuses with support from Tracy Gonzalez-Padron, associate professor, College of Business, and director, Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at UCCS.

About the sponsors

The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at UCCS aims to instill ethical principles into the personal and organizational decision-making process of every member of the UCCS community. The initiative is funded by a grant from the Daniels Fund in Denver. For more information, visit

The Daniels Fund, established by cable television pioneer Bill Daniels, is a private charitable foundation dedicated to making life better for the people of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming through its grants program, scholarship program, and ethics initiative. The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative strives to deliver principle-based ethics education, and reinforce the value of ethical business and personal conduct. The Ethics Initiative encompasses three components — the Collegiate Program, the High School Program, and the free online Case Bank — each with a specific approach and target audience. For more information, visit

The UCCS College of Business was established in 1965 and has more than 1,100 undergraduates and 350 MBA and distance MBA students. The College of Business and Administration awards the Bachelor of Science in Business and Bachelor of Innovation degrees. The Graduate School of Business Administration awards the Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Accounting degrees. More than 9,000 alumni of the College of Business live and work around the world. For more information, visit

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in Colorado. The university offers 39 bachelor’s degrees, 20 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 11,300 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit