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Leading scholar named first UNI business ethics chair <br>

August 5, 2002

Donna J. Wood, David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics, (319) 273-2196
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Donna J. Wood, a leading scholar in business and society, has been named the first holder of the David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics at the University of Northern Iowa. She will begin her tenure this month.

Wood was a professor of business administration at the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. She is future president of the Society for Business Ethics, past president of the social issues in management division of the Academy of Management, and founder and past president of the International Association for Business and Society. Wood, who holds a doctorate from Vanderbilt University, has served as a visiting professor at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business, the Science Research Center in Berlin, and the University of Michigan.

This is the university's first-ever joint endowed chair, bringing together the colleges of Business Administration and Humanities and Fine Arts.

The chair was established through a $1 million gift from university alumnus and Laguna, Calif., resident David W. Wilson, president and owner of one of the largest privately owned automotive groups in the country. Wilson graduated from UNI in 1970 with a B.A. in philosophy.

Farzad Moussavi, interim dean of the College of Business Administration, said with the addition of Wood, UNI's College of Business Administration is now home to one of the largest and, arguably, most prominent contingents of scholars in the field of business ethics. 'We look forward to significant contributions from this team to a field that, judging from recent lapses, is in desperate need of a fresh, hard look,' he said.