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Duquesne Names New Director of Center for Leadership in Ethics

Dr. Virginia W. Gerde has been named director of the Beard Center for Leadership in Ethics at Duquesne University, effective July 1.

Gerde, who has served as a research fellow for the Beard Center, will be responsible for the Center’s program development, funding and planning and will coordinate its Pittsburgh Ethics and Business Conduct Network activities. An associate professor of business ethics, Gerde also teaches in the leadership and change management department in Duquesne’s Palumbo Donahue School of Business.

Her research interests include the assessment of corporate performance, corporate governance, business and organizational ethics, and environmental issues. Gerde’s work has been published in the Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Corporate Citizenship, Business & Society, and Research in Corporate Social Performance and Policy.

A lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, Gerde served in Iraq in medical operations and works with civilian and military medical facilities on disaster preparedness through the National Disaster Medical System. She is active in international organizations including the Academy of Management and the International Association for Business and Society.

Gerde has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Princeton University, a master’s in engineering from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in management from Virginia Tech. She resides in Mount Lebanon.

Gerde replaces Dr. James Weber, who will continue to serve as a senior fellow at the Beard Center.

The Beard Center for Leadership in Ethics seeks to promote ethical business conduct in today’s global society. The Center hosts ethics luncheon forums featuring prominent speakers in business as well as a Distinguished Speaker Series for students through which business and non-profit leaders address leadership and ethics. In addition, it supports the Pittsburgh Ethics and Business Conduct Network and provides ethics outreach to the business community through presentations, customized employee training and other consulting projects.

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