Meet the Faculty
Mr. Harold Fogelberg
Director, Edward C. Kennedy Center for Business Ethics
Mr. Fogelberg holds a bachelor degree in economics from Butler University and a Master in Business Administration from Indiana University.
His 35-year business career began with a position with a Fortune 500 company in Indiana. He then worked five years with one of the largest privately held companies in the Southeastern United States. Most recently, he spent 28 years in commercial banking. He is currently an associate of Compass Executives, a Nashville-based consulting company that provides leadership, mentoring, strategic planning, and management services to area businesses.
Mr. Fogelberg has presented ethics programs for businesses and agencies such as HCA, the Metro Sheriff's Department, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee Department of Revenue, and Bass, Berry & Sims.
Dr. Linda Ferrell
University Distinguished Chair in Business Ethics
Dr. Linda Ferrell is a Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Business Ethics in The Jack C. Massey College of Business. Before joining the College of Business, she was a Professor of Marketing and Creative Enterprise Scholar with the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management. She co-manages a second $1.25 million grant for business ethics education through the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at the University of New Mexico with her husband, Dr. O.C. Ferrell.
Dr. Ferrell earned a Ph.D. in Management from the University of Memphis. She holds an M.B.A. and a B.S. in Fashion Merchandising from Illinois State University. Her research interests include marketing ethics, ethics training and effectiveness, the legalization of business ethics as well as corporate social responsibility and sustainability. She has published in Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, AMS Review, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, Journal of Business Research, as well as others. She has co- authored numerous books including Business Ethics: Ethical Decision Making and Cases, Business and Society, Management, and Introduction to Business. Professionally, Dr. Ferrell served as an account executive in advertising with McDonalds' and Pizza Hut's advertising agencies.
Dr. Ferrell is on the Board of Directors of Mannatech, Dallas, a NASDAQ listed, health and wellness company. She serves on the Board of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy-Center for the Public Trust. She serves on the executive committee, board, and academic advisory board of the Direct Selling Education Foundation. She is on the Cutco/Vector college advisory board. She has significant experience working with the direct selling industry. She serves on the advisory board of Savant Learning. She is also President of the Academy of Marketing Science. Dr. Ferrell also serves as an expert witness in ethics and legal disputes.
Dr. O.C. Ferrell
University Distinguished Chair in Business Ethics
Dr. O.C. Ferrell is the Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Business Ethics at the Jack C. Massey College of Business at Belmont University. He previously served as a University Distinguished Professor and Creative Enterprise Scholar with the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management. He co – manages a second, $1.25 million grant for business ethics education through the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at the University of New Mexico.
Dr. Ferrell holds a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in Marketing, an M.B.A. in Marketing as well as a B.A. in Sociology from Florida State University. He is Vice President of Publications for the Academy of Marketing Science. Dr. Ferrell serves as a board member of the NASBA Center for the Public Trust and is also an advisory board member of Savant Learning. He serves on the Academic Advisory Committee for the Direct Selling Education Foundation. Dr. Ferrell is co-author of several leading textbooks including Business Ethics: Ethical Decision Making and Cases, Marketing, Marketing Strategy, Business and Society, Management and Introduction to Business. He has published in the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, AMS Review, Journal of Business Research, as well as others. He writes weekly business ethics summaries and reviews for the Wall Street Journal with a subscriber list of over 6000. Dr. Ferrell has served as an expert witness is some high profile ethics, legal and marketing cases.
Dr. Jennifer Wilgus Fowler
Assistant Professor of Economics with Entertainment Industry Focus
Dr. Fowler earned both her M.A. in Finance and Economics and her Ph.D. in Economics at Middle Tennessee State University. Most recently, she was Assistant Professor of Economics at Marian College in Indiana. She now teaches macroeconomics and the history of economic thought through the Jack C. Massey College of Business and entertainment industry economics for the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business at Belmont University.
Her areas of interest include: household consumption, entertainment economics, and macroeconomic theory. As a Research Associate at MTSU, she worked on economic studies that included: Tennessee Business Retention & Expansion Program, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Workforce Survey, 1997 U.S. Figure Skating Championships Music City USA, Cumberland County Playhouse Economic Impact Study, The Economic Impact of the Arts in Tennessee, and Needs Assessments for individual counties in Tennessee.
Dr. Harry N. Hollis (retired)
Professor Emeritus of Management
Dr. Hollis is the co-founder, past director of the Center for Business Ethics at Belmont University, and past James M. Medlin Chair of Business Ethics. His desire to help students become more effective in building ethical organizations was evidenced in his classroom as he brought in his passion for equipping students with the tools needed to make responsible, ethical decisions. He was awarded emeritus standing in the Spring of 2010. Though no longer in the classroom, Dr. Hollis continues to serve on the advisory board of the Center for Business Ethics.
Professor Hollis is an experienced speaker, writer, and consultant involving ethical issues in business, government, educational, and health-care organizations. He has appeared on prime time ABC, CBS and NBC news programs to discuss ethics and management issues.
He continues to work through the Center for Business Ethics to equip people to deal with today's complex ethics issues and dilemmas. One of his favorite quotes is by Princeton physicist John Wheeler who said: "The reason universities have students is so professors can learn! I see students as co-learners, and I believe the best learning takes place in relationships."
Dr. Barry Padgett
James M. Medlin Chair of Business Ethics
Professor of Management
Dr. Barry Padgett joined the faculty of the College of Business at Belmont University on August 1, 2010.
Dr. Padgett received his B.A. from the University of Mobile, M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Louisville, and Ph.D. from Purdue University. He comes to Belmont after 10 years of teaching at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, where he has directed the Ethics and Social Justice Program since 2002.
At Bellarmine, he taught graduate courses in Business Ethics and Bioethics and undergraduate courses in Philosophy of Law, Logic, Marketing Ethics, Business Ethics, and Health Care Ethics. Believing that education, particularly applied ethics, works best when it challenges individuals to search introspectively for resolutions to difficult contemporary issues, he has received multiple awards for his teaching.
In addition to numerous articles in professional journals including the Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues, Business Ethics Quarterly, and Academy of Marketing Studies Journal, he has authored two books. In the most recent, published in 2009 and entitled Professional Morality and ‘Guilty Bystanding:' Merton's Conjectures and the Value of Work, Padgett asserts that work has a central role in our lives and is a major component of self actualization and well-being. Using the works of Thomas Merton as a guide, Padgett contends that a renewal of our professional lives and the institutional contexts in which we operate is needed to humanize the alienating aspects of work and professions.
Dr. Padgett has served his university in various capacities, his community as a media expert and Better Business Bureau "Torch Awards" (business ethics) judge, and his profession as a guest speaker to professional organizations including the Louisville Bar Association and Louisville Public Library.