A panel featuring Joanne Ciulla of the University of Richmond; J. Patrick Dobel of the University of Washington; Norman Lamm, Chancellor of Yeshiva University; and Dennis Thompson of Harvard University discuss the qualities and conduct required for ethical presidential leadership. William Galston of the Brookings Institution moderates.
This was the first panel of a day-long conference titled Ethics and Character in the Presidency: Is Ethical Leadership Possible in the 21st Century?
One of the founding faculty members of the Jepson School, Joanne B. Ciulla teaches courses on ethics, critical thinking, conflict resolution and leadership in international contexts. She also teaches a new course, Artists and Leaders, which is a collaboration with art historian Dr. Charles Johnson. A demanding and creative teacher, she was honored in 2003 with the Outstanding Faculty Award from The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.
Professor Ciulla has held the UNESCO Chair in Leadership Studies at the United Nations International Leadership Academy in Jordan and academic appointments at La Salle University, the Harvard Business School, The Wharton School and Oxford University.
Professor Ciulla's research interests are leadership ethics, business ethics, international leadership and the philosophy of work.
Her books include Ethics, The Heart of Leadership; The Working Life: The Promise and Betrayal of Modern Work; and The Ethics of Leadership. The book critics at Amazon.com ranked The Working Life as No. 2 in their list of the 10 best business books of 2000.
She co-authored a business ethics text called Honest Work: A Business Ethics Reader and co-edited a collection of essays called The Quest for Ethical Leaders: Essays in Leadership Ethics. Ciulla is now researching her next book on the origins of ethics and leadership.
She lectures all over the world and presents on a range of topics. Recent presentations included a plenary address and seminar on teaching ethics at the Zayed University Conference on Women as Global Leaders in Dubai and presentations on ethics and leadership in Davos, Dresden, Rome and Sao Paulo.
Dr. Ciulla consults on ethics and leadership programs with universities, businesses and government agencies in the United States and overseas. She has also presented at The World Economic Forum, The Brookings Institution and the Aspen Institute. Ciulla has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs and was featured in Bill Moyers' "World of Ideas II" series.
J. Patrick Dobel
Professor J. Patrick Dobel joined the Evans School in 1985 after teaching for a decade at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He received his Ph.D. in Politics and Political Philosophy.
His interests concern a wide area, encompassing the intersection of politics and institutions with personal ethics. He teaches Public Management, Leadership Seminars, and in the Integrated Management Sequence. He also offers classes in Administrative Ethics and Ethics and Public Policy.
His research focuses upon leadership, managerial strategy, public management, and ethics in public life. He is the author of many academic articles on public ethics as well as articles in journals of opinion.
His books Compromise and Political Action: Political Morality in Liberal and Democratic Life and Public Integrity study the reality of ethics in public life.
Professor Dobel has chaired the King County Ethics Board and has served as a consultant on management, leadership and ethics issues to numerous public and nonprofit agencies.
William A. Galston
A former policy advisor to President Clinton and presidential candidates, Bill Galston is an expert on domestic policy, political campaigns, and elections. His current research focuses on designing a new social contract and the implications of political polarization.
Dr. Norman Lamm, a distinguished rabbi, philosopher, teacher, and author, was elected president of Yeshiva University in August of 1976, succeeding Dr. Samuel Belkin and Dr. Bernard Revel. He was the university's third president and the first native-born American to head the nation's oldest and most comprehensive institution of higher learning under Jewish auspices.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1927, Dr. Lamm received his elementary and high school education at Yeshiva and Mesivta Torah Vodaath. In 1945, he entered Yeshiva College where he continued his Jewish learning and undertook a liberal arts program with a major in chemistry. He graduated summa cum laude in 1949 and was class valedictorian.
Upon graduation, Dr. Lamm pursued advanced scientific studies at Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn while continuing his Judaic studies and rabbinic scholarship at Yeshiva. He was ordained as a rabbi at RIETS in 1951, and earned a Ph.D. in Jewish philosophy from the university's Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies in 1966.
During the 17 years preceding his election as president, Dr. Lamm served on the Yeshiva University faculty, culminating in his appointment as the Erna and Jakob Michael Professor of Jewish Philosophy in 1966.
Dr. Lamm, author of 10 books, has gained wide recognition for his writings and discourses on interpretation of Jewish philosophy and law, especially in relation to problems involving science, technology, and philosophy in the modern world.
Dr. Lamm's writings and teachings on Jewish law have been cited in two landmark decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court: the 1966 "Miranda decision" regarding police interrogation of suspects held in custody and a 1967 case involving guarantees against self-incrimination. Also in 1967, Dr. Lamm testified before a US Senate subcommittee on the right of privacy from the perspective of Jewish law.
Dr. Lamm was installed as chancellor of the university on June 10, 2003.
Dennis F. Thompson
Dennis F. Thompson, Professor of Public Policy, is also the Alfred North Whitehead Professor of Political Philosophy in the Government Department in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and founding Director of Harvard's university-wide ethics program, now the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics.
His books include: Just Elections: Creating a Fair Electoral Process in the United States; Restoring Responsibility: Ethics in Government, Business and Healthcare; Political Ethics and Public Office; and Ethics in Congress: From Individual to Institutional Corruption. He is also the author (jointly with Amy Gutmann) of Why Deliberative Democracy? and Democracy & Disagreement.
Professor Thompson has served as a consultant to the Joint Ethics Committee of the South African Parliament, the American Medical Association, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and the Department of Health and Human Services.
He received his BA in philosophy summa cum laude from the College of William and Mary; took first-class honors in philosophy, politics, and economics at Balliol College, Oxford; and holds a PhD in political science from Harvard.