McDonald to lecture on “Workplace Ethics” in Oct. 31 Executive Speaker Series

Sunday, October 28, 2007


ORANGEBURG – The next installment of SC State’s weekly Executive Speaker Series will feature Dr. Bill McDonald, vice president of student life at Presbyterian College.

The lecture – “Ethics in the Workplace” – will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 12 p.m. in the Belcher Hall fourth floor auditorium. For additional information, contact Dr. Ann S. Winstead at (803) 516-4864 or Debbie Morant at (803) 536-7138.

Dr. William M. McDonald first became interested in speaking about “ethics” and “ethical behavior” when he was invited to be a faculty member for SACSA/NASPA Region III Mid-manager’s Institute hosted in 1997 at Texas A&M University. The institute comprised 50 professionals from across a 15-state area. For his presentation, Dr. McDonald developed a new model for teaching ethical decision-making that encompassed current ethical decision-making theories, as well as a journal of professional ethical case studies from his career in higher education.

Since developing this model, McDonald has been a frequent guest speaker at colleges and universities, as well as professional associations across the nation, including: Belmont University, Breneau University, Florence District One, Francis Marion University, North Carolina State University, University of Louisville, University of South Carolina, University of Tennessee, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), the S.C. College Personnel Association and the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA). In 2006, McDonald served as lead author for a referred article on ethical decision-making in a special edition of the College Student Affairs Journal.

McDonald has been active in leadership of several professional organizations, having served in leadership capacities with the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), NASPA, SACSA and the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers (SEAHO). ACPA recognized him as a Senior Scholar in 2006. SACSA selected him as the recipient of the Melvene Hardee Award in 1998. Both awards recognize contributions to student affairs research and practice. In addition to these awards, NASPA Region III selected McDonald as the recipient of the Bobby E. Leach Award for “service to students” in 2000; and SACSA awarded the Dissertation of the Year Award to him in 1997.

McDonald has been the vice president for student life at Presbyterian College since July 1, 2002. Prior to Presbyterian College, McDonald worked in various capacities at Carson-Newman College, the University of Memphis, University of Georgia, Catawba College and Lenoir-Rhyne College.

He received the Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Masters of Arts degree from Appalachian State University and the Doctor of Education in leadership, with a concentration in higher education, from the University of Tennessee.

The Executive Speaker Series was implemented in the core curriculum of the School of Business in 1996 as a component of the Leadership and Professional development Program, which all business majors are required to complete. The series exposes students to various aspects of the workplace, including viewpoints of leaders who are on the cutting edge of business, industry and government. The Executive Speaker Series is sponsored by the College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences.

Past participants have come from a wide array of companies and industries, including Pfizer Inc., Springs Industries, Bowater Inc., Ernst & Young, AT&T, Ameriprise Financial, Black Enterprise, Blue Cross Blue Shield, SCANA, Sonoco, Bank of America, Johnson Controls, Milliken & Company and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).