Accepting Nominations for 2019 James F. Barker Ethics in Action Award

The annual James F. Barker Ethics in Action Award recognizes and celebrates a special individual’s actions that exemplify integrity and, in a continuing and constructive way, encourage commitment to ethical conduct and the value of integrity.

In 2014, the Rutland Institute for Ethics Advisory Board elected to name the Institute’s highest honor after James F. Barker, the 14th president of Clemson University, in recognition of the ways he exemplified integrity, thereby bringing ethics into focus in the best possible way: by living it. The James F. Barker Ethics in Action Award is an ongoing and constructive way to recognize and encourage commitment to ethical conduct and the value of integrity.

Barker himself received the inaugural Ethics in Action Award in 2014. In 2015, Greenville nonprofit executive and founder of The Family Effect, Scott T. Dishman, received the distinction. Minor Mickel Shaw, philanthropist and community leader was the recipient in 2016, and former Charleston mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. was presented the fourth annual James F. Barker Ethics in Action Award on February 10, 2018.

The public is invited to submit nominations for the 2019 James F. Barker Ethics in Action Award by November 30th.

Online Nomination Form

Specific questions about the nomination process can be directed to Dr. William C. McCoy at: wmccoy@clemson.edu or by calling (864) 656-6147.

 


Provost Robert Jones with
2018 James F. Barker Award Recipient
Joseph P. Riley Jr.

 

Purpose of Award

The purpose of the award is to recognize and celebrate action that exemplifies integrity and, in a continuing and constructive way, encourage commitment to ethical conduct and the value of integrity.

Method of Selection

A subcommittee of the Rutland Institute for Ethics Advisory Board will select the award recipient. The subcommittee will include the director of the Institute as well as other persons designated by the RIE Advisory Board.

Criteria for Selection

Recipients will be recognized for action(s) and significant accomplishment that reveal deep and sustained commitment to ethical conduct and the value of integrity: nominations will include a narrative description of the action(s) and accomplishment(s) that prompt the nomination and be supported by independent references (i.e., sources in addition to the person submitting the nomination).

Background

The Rutland Institute Advisory Board decided to name the Institute's award The James F. Barker Ethics in Action Award in recognition of the "ways in which he has exemplified integrity thereby bringing ethics into focus in the best possible way: by living it.... [and, accordingly, to make the award] an ongoing and constructive way to recognize and encourage commitment to ethical conduct and the value of integrity."

Cherry Braswell Rutland Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship History

In 2018, through the Robert J. Rutland Institute for Ethics at Clemson University, a scholarship opportunity was established to provide financial assistance for students who exhibit ethical leadership through excellent decision-making skills.

Named after Mrs. Cherry Braswell Rutland, the late wife of Mr. Rutland, the scholarship is designed to recognize a student at Clemson University who has demonstrated ethical fortitude in the face of a true ethical dilemma. A minimum of one award will be presented annually in the amount of $1,000 to an eligible student who embodies the spirit of ethical leadership.

A panel of judges will determine awards. Judges will primarily consist of the following university personnel and alumni: Dr. William McCoy (Director, Rutland Institute for Ethics), Mrs. Carie Rutland Cordero (Alumnus), and Dr. David Stegall (Senior Lecturer in Philosophy).

Scholarship awards will be presented formally each spring during the annual James F. Barker Ethics in Action Award Dinner.

Who is Cherry Braswell Rutland? (By her daughter, Carie Rutland Cordero)

"Cherry Braswell Rutland was raised in Decatur, Georgia and graduated from Emory University where she went on to serve others through the field of nursing. She married Robert J. Rutland and together they had three daughters and nine grandchildren. Cherry was a highly sought after friend, with a contagious laugh and beautiful smile. She had a passion to see others grow in the Lord, which was made evident by her time and commitments. She continually prayed for people and gave her time and resources to her local church and numerous mission organizations. Her character was proven even in the last few months of her life as she continued to place the needs of others ahead of her own out of a heart of servitude while battling cancer. Her commitment to ethical decision-making was consistently demonstrated through her faith."

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