Robert J. Rutland

“The purpose of the Institute for Ethics is to encourage discussion on campus, in businesses and in the community about how ethical decision-making can be the basis of both personal and professional success.”

Robert J. Rutland's generous support of Clemson’s Institute for Ethics reflects his long-standing commitment to promoting ethics in the workplace and the community. In 1934 Rutland’s grandfather founded Allied Holdings Inc., a company committed to treating people with respect. Rutland believes that this "human touch" approach underpins Allied’s solid, lasting relationships with customers and guides its focus on the safety and well-being of its employees. As chairman of Allied Holdings, Rutland helped pioneer the field of industrial chaplaincy. Rutland is very active in his church and community. He is a member and Deacon at First Baptist Church in Covington, Georgia. He is the director of Fidelity National Bank in Decatur and Georgians for Better Transportation. He is former chair of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce and the Sam Jones Boy’s Club. He was a trustee of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and of Atlanta Youth for Christ. He was named the 1997 Executive of the Year by Georgia Securities and was a 2000 finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year for the Southeast.

The Institute

James P. Clements Ph.D.

- President, Clemson University
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Rutland's Impact on Clemson

As a land-grant institution, Clemson University has shared a strong bond of trust with students, faculty, and the community for more than a century. Today, the university strives to strengthen that trust through the creation of the Robert J. Rutland Institute for Ethics.
The programs and activities of the Rutland Institute are multidisciplinary and seek to benefit the campus and the community. Campus activities focus on students, faculty and staff. Community programs are designed to reach the entire community, with special attention directed to the business, education and professional sectors. The principal academic partner of the Rutland Institute is the Clemson University Department of Philosophy & Religion.

Ethics at Clemson

Advisory Board

Joe Turner - Chair

Joe is the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of First Sun Management Corporation, one of the largest Wendy's franchise owners with 50+ restaurants in the Southeast. First Sun Management Corporation is listed in the Monitor 200 as one of the 200 largest franchised restaurant operators in South Carolina. In 2008 the Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership named Joe Alumni Entrepreneur of the year.

He has selflessly given of his time speaking to various business classes and serving on committees and boards for the university. In recognition of his integrity and the significance of his ongoing contributions of time an talent on and off the campus, he was awarded the designation of Executive Advocatus by the Rutland Institute in 2008. Joe's strong affiliation with Clemson includes 8 years on the Development Office staff and 6 years in the Athletics Department as Executive Director of IPTAY. He is a 1971 alumnus with a B.S. in Industrial Management and an M.S. in Management (1977).

James P. Clements

President of Clemson University

James P. Clements became Clemson University’s 15th president on December 31, 2013, after serving nearly five years as president of West Virginia University. He succeeded James F. Barker, who retired after 14 years as Clemson’s president. He is also a Professor in the School of Computing, College of Engineering and Science at Clemson.

Clements is a nationally recognized voice in higher education who currently serves as chair-elect of the APLU Board of Directors; co-chair of APLU’s Energy Forum; chair of the American Council on Education’s Commission on Leadership, and member of the Business Higher Education Forum. He previously served on the U.S. Department of Commerce Innovation Advisory Board.

He holds a B.S. in Computer Science and M.S. and Ph.D. in Operations Analysis from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. He has published and/or presented more than 75 papers in the fields of computer science, higher education, information technology, project management and strategic planning. During Clements’ tenure at WVU, the university set records in private fund-raising, enrollment, research and patients served through the health system, and reached 95 percent of its $750 million capital campaign goal two years ahead of schedule.

Prior to his service at WVU, Clements served as Provost and VP for Academic Affairs, Robert W. Deutsch Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Vice President for Economic and Community Outreach at Towson University, the second largest university in the Maryland System. He also led the Center for Applied Information Technology, which was a strategic, entrepreneurial initiative for the university, chaired Towson’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences, and was a consultant to numerous private-sector companies.

Clements and his wife, Beth, have four children.

E. Wendell Clamp, Sr.

Founding Member

Wendell served as an active member on the advisory board from 2004 to 2005. A 1960 Clemson graduate in Education, Wendell is School Superintendent of the Newton County School System in Covington, Georgia. Wendell and his wife, Nancy, have two daughters.

Beth Kunkel

Professor; Food Science & Human Nutrition

Beth Kunkel (PhD, University of Tennessee, Knoxville) is a Registered Dietitian and directs the didactic program in dietetics at Clemson University. She teaches courses in food service management, quantity food production and nutrition and metabolism. Much of her research activity is focused on interactions among food components and impacts of those interactions on bone and protein metabolism. She has recently shifted focus of her research to development of sustainable food systems, with particular emphasis on inclusion of sustainably produced foods in institutional settings.

Founding Members

Our People

John D. Griffin, PhD, Associate Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies - Acting Director John Wareham, PMP - Assistant Director Stephen Satris, PhD Charles Starkey, PhD Kelly C. Smith, PhD Julia Frugoli, PhD Steven B. Katz, PhD Stuart R. Sprague, PhD Tom Zagenczyk, PhD Fred Switzer, PhD


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