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Ethics consultant, John Brown professor to speak at ACU Thursday

For immediate release
Feb. 4, 2004

John D. Copeland, ethics consultant and professor of business at John Brown University, will speak at Abilene Christian University Thursday, Feb. 5, as a part of the College of Business Administration's 2003-04 Distinguished Speakers Series. Copeland will speak at a luncheon at noon in ACU’s McGlothlin Campus Center.

The Distinguished Speakers Series is designed to bring Christian business leaders to Abilene and to ACU to share their keys to success and how they have integrated Christian faith into their work.

Each lecture is open to the general public. Cost is $15 per lecture, and the price of the ticket includes lunch. Anyone interested may register at
or by calling 325-674-2857. All lectures take place at noon in ACU's McGlothlin Campus Center.

"We are so pleased to present such a strong lineup of talented, seasoned business professionals - each bringing a unique and impressive set of credentials and a moral compass to our program," said Dr. Rick Lytle, dean of the College of Business Administration. "This series will be educational and inspirational, providing marvelous professional growth and development opportunities."

Copeland received a J.D. from Southern Methodist University and an L.L.M. in agriculture law from the University of Arkansas.  After years of private law practice in Texas and Arkansas, he directed the National Center for Agricultural Law Research and Information and taught at the University of Arkansas School of Law.  From 1998-2003, Copeland was executive vice president of ethics for Tyson Foods, Inc., and he remains an ethics consultant to the company.  He now teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in business ethics, social responsibility, strategic management, and mission, vision and values.  He also is the executive-in-residence for the Soderquist Center for Leadership and Ethics.  Since 1989, Copeland had presented more than 200 lectures at symposia throughout the U.S. and Scotland for universities, organizations and businesses.

The final speaker for the 2003-04 series will be Byron D. Norfleet, president of Naturalizer Brown Shoe Company, Inc., who will speak on March 24.


If you are a member of the media who would like more information about this release, please contact Wendy Kilmer, media relations coordinator.

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