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Edward C. Kennedy Center for Business Ethics

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The Edward C. Kennedy Center for Business Ethics seeks to: bring people together in the discussion of business ethics, help empower business leaders to face the current crisis in business ethics and educate ethical business leaders for a better society.

A Culture of Business Ethics

Today, more than ever, issues of ethics and character play a pivotal role in the culture of business and, regardless of your ambitions and your endeavors, understanding and consideration of the foundations of business ethics is critical to the well-being of your organization. The Edward C. Kennedy Center for Business Ethics in the Jack C. Massey College of Business at Belmont University focuses on creating ethical business leaders for a better society.

From the beginning, the Center for Business Ethics has focused on developing practical approaches to enable people to deal successfully with the tough ethical issues and decisions they face in the workplace. A major goal of the Center is to develop ethical leadership which will strengthen organizations as they seek to build and nurture ethical cultures.

Convocation Events Sponsored by the Edward C. Kennedy Center for Business Ethics

Belmont University wants students to have a common or shared experience that promotes the development of a well-rounded individual by encouraging learning outside the classroom and life-long learning. Convocation events serve as an educational tool toward that end. Consistent with this goal, outside speakers and business leaders are brought to campus to address topics of business ethics. Often open to the public, events sponsored by the Edward C. Kennedy Center for Business Ethics are regularly attended by students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, and executive education programs within the Jack C. Massey College of Business at Belmont University.

The Harry N. Hollis Student of Integrity Award

This is an annual award in honor of Dr. Harry N. Hollis, Co-founder and Director of the Center for Business Ethics at Belmont for 15 years. It was made possible through an endowment underwritten by executives of the Tri-Star Health Systems and an anonymous donor. The First Place Award of $1000 is presented to a student at the annual Jack C. Massey College of Business Awards Event whose winning essay was selected by the judges. A Second Place Award of $500 is given to the runner-up. Each year the selected topic for the competition is reflective of a current and relevant ethical issue facing business leaders in today’s society.

Student Chapter of the Center for Public Trust (CPT)

The Edward C Kennedy Center for Business Ethics in association with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) sponsors the Belmont student chapter of CPT. The mission of the Student Center for Public Trust is to promote ethical thinking in the developing character and conscience of students. Activities include student led presentations and discussions of current ethical issues in business, Ethics in Action video competition, leadership development, community service and ethics case competitions. The Belmont chapter is a multi-year Golden Star Chapter winner.

Meet the Faculty


The Edward C. Kennedy Center for Business Ethics at Belmont University aspires to be a preeminent center for applied ethics In the Southeastern United States. It focuses on creating strong ethical business leaders for a better society by providing:

  • a forum in which leaders of organizations can interact with one another to discuss key issues in the area of organizational integrity;
  • resources to facilitate the development of ethical standards of conduct;
  • practical educational orientation about concepts of organizational ethics and compliance processes.


The Center for Business Ethics was founded in 1994 by Dr. Clifford Eubanks, Dean of Belmont University's Jack C. Massey College of Business, and Dr. Harry N. Hollis, James M. Medlin Chair of Business Ethics. Working with Dr. William E. Troutt, then President of Belmont University, the James Medlin family made possible the establishment of the Center with generous gifts to Belmont University to be used to support the teaching of Ethics to students at the university.

Dr. James M. Clapper, Dean of the College of Business from 1997-2003, continued the strong commitment enabling the Center to grow and become an effective resource for promoting responsible ethics in businesses and in the professions. Under Dr. J. Patrick Raines, who became Dean in 2003, the Center for Business Ethics has continued to prosper. Mr. Harold Fogelberg served as Director of the Edward C. Kennedy Center for Business Ethics from 2010 until his retirement in 2018. Mr. W. Boyd Smith was appointed the Center’s third Director in 2018.

The work of the Center was greatly strengthened initially by gifts from The First Tennessee Foundation and by The Dorothy Cate and Thomas F. Frist Foundation. These gifts have been used to help present conferences on such issues as health care, business ethics, sports ethics, and ethics in the music business. These gifts have also funded scholarships for students to attend conferences sponsored by the Center.

In November 2012, Belmont University’s Jack C. Massey College of Business celebrated a generous endowment received from civic leader and Belmont Trustee Helen Kennedy by naming its Center for Business Ethics in honor of her late husband, Edward Creasman Kennedy, a local businessman who exemplified the values the Center promotes. A graduate of Hume Fogg High School and lifetime deacon of Judson Baptist Church, Mr. Kennedy co-founded Ed’s Supply Company and was actively involved in many organizations related to the heating, cooling and refrigeration industry. Mr. Kennedy also served 12 years as a Belmont University Trustee. Mr. Kennedy was widely recognized for his consistent and unwavering commitment to fair, honest and ethical practices in all aspects of his business and personal relationships.

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Board of Advisors

The Advisory Board represents the breadth and diversity of the Middle Tennessee business community, and its members actively participate in and support the Center’s programs in furtherance of its mission.

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Edward C. Kennedy Center for Business Ethics

1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212

Email:  boyd.smith@belmont.edu
Phone:  (615) 460-6175

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