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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

Eller College Hosts Inaugural Executive Ethics Symposium for Regional Leaders

August 20 event gathers business, government, and nonprofit stakeholders to hash out issues involved in strategic mortgage default.

TUCSON, Ariz. – August 10, 2010 – A panel of leaders representing stakeholders across sectors will gather at the University of Arizona August 20 to discuss the financial, legal, and ethical dimensions of a homeowner’s decision to strategically default on his or her mortgage.

A associate professor Brent T. White — who received broad coverage in the media for arguing that it is not immoral for underwater homeowners to walk away from their mortgages — will be joined by leaders from banking, real estate, and community advocacy in a lively conversation.

The inaugural Executive Ethics Symposium is a project of the Ethics Program at the UA’s Eller College of Management and is coordinated in conjunction with the UA chapter of Net Impact, an MBA organization focused on changing the world through business. The event is sponsored by Wells Fargo and EthicsPoint.

Panelists include:

  • Larry Finuf, Regional President, Southern Arizona, Wells Fargo Bank
  • Rosey Koberlein, CEO, Long Companies
  • John P. Lewis, President and CEO, Southern Arizona Community Bank
  • Jonathan Peck, President and CEO, Tucson Urban League
  • Brent T. White, Associate Professor of Law, UA James E. Rogers College of Law

The panelists will be joined by 75 invited participants including students and representatives from local government, banking, real estate, and other industries. “We’ve got a nice cross-section of interests,” said Paul Melendez, EthicsPoint Distinguished Lecturer in Business Ethics and head of the Eller Ethics Program. “This is a great opportunity for stakeholders to come together and discuss a timely, relevant topic without being on the hook.” Each panelist will present briefly on the topic, then participants will be invited to engage the panel in an open Q and A session.

The Executive Ethics Symposium is the latest outreach venture by the Eller Ethics Program, which also coordinates the national Eller Ethics Case Competition for university students each October and the High School Ethics Forum for students in Phoenix and Tucson each spring.

Event Details

Who: UA Eller College of Management Ethics Program
What: Executive Ethics Symposium
When: Friday, August 20, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Where: Redington Restaurant, UA Student Union Memorial Center
Sponsors: Wells Fargo, EthicsPoint

Public Registration: By invitation only.
Media Registration: Liz Warren-Pederson, 520.626.9547 or

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program #11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program #48 in the U.S. The College is among the leaders of business schools generating grant funds for research. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the 25th ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 750 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and a satellite campus in Phoenix.

Press Contact:
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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