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University names Stanford business school administrator director of Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan.23, 2001 - Santa Clara University has named Kirk Hanson, a national leader in the study of business ethics and business responsibility, executive director of SCU's Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. Hanson, senior lecturer in business administration and director of the Sloan Program at Stanford University, begins Aug.1.

Hanson's appointment was announced by Don Dodson, SCU vice provost for academic affairs. Hanson also will concurrently hold the faculty title of University Professor of Organizations and Society at SCU. He will teach and head the Ethics Center.

Hanson teaches graduate business courses at Stanford in "Ethics and Global Business" and "Creating Ethical Organizations," and brings a national reputation and 22 years of experience on the Stanford faculty to the SCU post. He has worked extensively with companies on the design and implementation of business ethics programs and has advised or conducted corporate values and ethics workshops for over 40 corporations and universities.

"Kirk Hanson's energy and vision will bring a new level of national recognition to our ethics programs," said Dodson. "His rich leadership experience in academia, business, and the non-profit sector give him a unique set of skills and perspectives. We are confident that he will help the Ethics Center at Santa Clara become the leading national forum for exploring complex ethical issues confronting individuals, families, organizations, and society."

Hanson, 54, holds bachelor's and MBA degrees from Stanford University. He has been a member of the SCU Ethics Center advisory board since 1995, has been a pioneer in the study of business ethics, and has written a column on ethics and the workplace for the San Jose Mercury News.

"The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics has contributed greatly to the debate over ethics in law, business, medicine and politics in Silicon Valley," said Hanson. "And it is now poised to become the most prominent center on applied ethics in the United States."

"No other university-based center has such strong support from its university and from the community," he added. "I look forward to the opportunity to serve both the University and the ethics needs of the broader Silicon Valley community."

In his more than two decades at the Stanford Business School, Hanson introduced the formal study of business ethics into the Stanford curriculum. He was the founding chair and still serves on the Santa Clara County Ethics Commission, a statutory body that monitors political campaigns and adminsters ethics regulations for county officials. He was given the John Gardner Leadership Award for local civic leadership in 1977.

As faculty director of Stanford's Sloan Program, a full-time executive master's program, Hanson oversees a program that brings together approximately 100 managers from companies nationwide for an intensive one-year course of study.

He has taught at Northeastern University, been a professor of management at the Claremont Graduate School, a research associate at the Harvard Graduate School of Business, and a Rockefeller Fellow at the Yale Divinity School.

He was founding president of The Business Enterprise Trust, a national organization that gives awards for exemplary corporate conduct. Hanson also serves as a consultant to The Business Roundtable and major corporations, and is a member of Stanford Associates, Academy of Management, Society for Business Ethics, American Leadership Forum, Social Venture Network, and the American Leadership Forum - Silicon Valley.

His publications include: Corporate Ethics: A Prime Business Asset, The Business Roundtable 1988; Corporate Community Involvement in Silicon Valley, American Leadership Forum, 1994; Putting Christian Values to Work in Business, The Hanson Group 1988; Corporate Performance: The Key to Public Trust, McGraw-Hill 1982.

The SCU Markkula Center for Applied Ethics was established in 1986 to heighten ethical awareness and improve ethical decision-making at the University and in the larger community. More than 40 affiliated faculty and staff from diverse disciplines conduct research and present programs in on and off campus in the Center's focus areas: education, health care, business, technology, and public policy. Training for students and faculty, business leaders and physicians, city and county officials, teachers and parents integrates practical and theoretical approaches to ethical decision-making.

The Ethics Center publishes the journal Issues in Ethics and sponsors the Ethics Connection (, a Web site averaging 22,000 page views per week. The center is named for A.C. "Mike" Markkula Jr., who provided the center's initial endowment. The Ethics Center currently has an interim director, Manuel Velasquez, who also is chair of the SCU management department.

The Ethics Center is sponsoring twin national conferences on character development and business ethics Feb. 22-25 at the University.

Santa Clara University, located in the heart of northern California's Silicon Valley, is a Catholic, Jesuit university with 7,600 students.

Ranked second among regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report, and known nationally for its undergraduate programs, and its graduate and professional schools, SCU celebrates its 150th anniversary in the 2000-2001 academic year.


For more information about SCU, see For more information about the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, see To contact Kirk Hanson for an interview, call 650-723-2270. For more information, call Barry Holtzclaw at 408-554-5126, or e-mail

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