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Business School Launches Sanford Bernstein Center for Leadership and Ethics

The Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics at Columbia Business School announces a pioneering approach for the integration of ethics in the MBA curriculum. Led by Meyer Feldberg (Business '65), dean of Columbia Business School, the newly established Sanford Bernstein Center will oversee the integration of a groundbreaking ethics program into the MBA curriculum beginning in September 2003.

Columbia Business School recently launched the Center with a roundtable on leadership, ethics and corporate governance. The event featured industry leaders Lewis Sanders, CEO of Alliance Capital Management; Arthur Levitt, former chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; and Ira Millstein, senior partner of Weil, Gotshal and Manges.

The School's model for teaching ethics uses a hybrid approach of stand-alone lectures complemented by case studies and discussions in all first-year core courses. The novel approach ensures that ethics is discussed within the context of each discipline, from accounting to finance to operations.

Feldberg felt that ethics is so fundamental for business leadership that for the first time in his 14 years as dean of Columbia Business School, he decided to accept a professorship to personally lead the Sanford Bernstein Center. As dean, Feldberg's leadership ensures a high visibility for the Center and a continued dialogue on ethical dilemmas within the School and greater business community.

"This Center is a tribute to Zalman C. Bernstein, founder of Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., " said Sanders. "To him, leadership and ethics were inseparable. All great leaders, in his view, must embody unswerving ethics, integrity, and the strength to live with the consequences."

"The last year has taught us that the study and teaching of ethics and leadership are not only fundamental to the life of an MBA, but to the health of our economy and society," said Feldberg. "Leadership is everybody's business -- the entire faculty and greater School community needs to be part of this initiative."

Published: Jun 09, 2003
Last modified: Jun 06, 2003

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