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Former Alcoa Executive to Lead Duquesne's Beard Institute

Bill O'Rourke has been named executive director of The Beard Institute of Duquesne University's Palumbo• Donahue School of Business.

Former director of ethics for the institute, O'Rourke now will lead the institute's efforts in:

  • Student programs such as the Beard Award, the Distinguished Ethics Speaker Series, student service and high school outreach
  • Corporate programs such as the Sustainability Symposium and the Corporate Speaker Series.
  • Women's development programs such as the Women's Executive Leadership Program and the Emerging Women's Leadership Conference.

O'Rourke, who served as president of Alcoa-Russia from 2005 to 2008, held many leadership positions with Alcoa, including vice president of environment, health and safety, and sustainability; vice president of global business services; vice president of procurement; and chief information officer. Initially a patent attorney for the company, he also served as corporate auditor and assistant general counsel.

This spring, O'Rourke was presented with a Master Teacher of Ethics award at the Wheatley Institution in the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University, where he previously had been named a Fellow in the ethics area.

O'Rourke will present the ethics lecture at the University of Nebraska this fall and delivered the ethics presentation at the Berges Lecture Series in Business Ethics at the Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame, last fall.

The board chair of Sustainable Pittsburgh, O'Rourke serves other civic, charitable and religious organizations. He earned his law degree at Duquesne University and a bachelor of science in business administration at John Carroll University.

In his new position, O'Rourke succeeds Jim Byrne, who served as the institute's executive director for three years.

"Bill is an internationally respected executive and sustainability practice leader," said Dean Alan Miciak. "His experience and vision for the institute will build on the accomplishments of James Weber and Jim Byrne, the Institute's previous directors, by extending its influence nationally and internationally."

Named for its benefactor Eugene P. Beard, the Beard Institute focuses on the importance of business ethics, responsible financial management and sustainability in the global marketplace.the global marketplace.

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