Bertrand P. Holley Business Ethics & Social Responsibility Series

The School of Business recognizes the importance of business ethics education as a vital part of the integrative learning experience.  On March 6 and 7, 2012, the School of Business welcomed Ms. Francine McKenna, distinguished journalist and forensic auditor, as the principal speaker at the 2012 Bertrand P. Holley Business Ethics and Social Responsibility Lecture Series.  Ms. McKenna gave open presentations on the following topics: "Who will slay the Dragon? Penn State and College Football: How an 'ethical' institution dropped its sword and shield," and "Stay on your feet: How 'New Hires' can successfully negotiate the slippery
ethical slopes of the workplace

While on campus, Ms. McKenna visited one of the Business Strategy & Policy classes, in order to speak with students in a smaller setting.  She also attended a lunch with School of Business faculty members who were excited to discuss issues regarding ethics with her.    

Holley Ethics Essay Contest & Student Oral Presentations

The first annual Holley Ethics Essay Contest was held in March, 2012.  The contest allowed undergraduate business majors and MBA students to submit essays on a specific case, in order to showcase their skills and to encourage students to delve into ethics-related issues.  Undergraduate students competed with one another for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes, and MBA students were encouraged to compete for a top prize in their category.  Additionally, oral presentations of the essay information were included as part of the contest requirements. 

Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Holley Ethics Essay Contest:

  • 1st Place, Undergraduate: Ms. Robin Hsiao-Wecksler
  • 1st Place, MBA: Ms. Sabel Kassa
  • 2nd Place, Undergraduate: Mr. Sean Wiggan
  • 3rd Place, Undergraduate: Mr. Ken Wilcoxon


School of Business
Bertrand P. Holley
Business Ethics & Social Responsibility Series

Dr. Bertrand P. Holley served as a distinguished and dedicated business professor at Eastern Illinois University for over 43 years. The Bertrand P. Holley Business Ethics and Social Responsibility Fund was established in order to perpetuate the ideals of Dr. Holley who was committed to advancing social responsibility.

Business ethics education is a vital part of the integrative learning experience, as it:

  • Encourages honesty & transparency in the workplace
  • Transforms corporate/organizational culture
  • Fosters characteristics essential to leadership
  • Recognizes that laws alone are never enough
  • Engenders sound corporate governance
  • Emphasizes the social responsibility of businesses
  • Focuses on ways to improve conditions for wealth creation
  • Imparts principles of “moral courage”


This event is co-sponsored by Beta Gamma Sigma.  The Mission of the International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business, to foster personal and professional excellence, to advance the values of the Society, and to serve its lifelong members.