SPOKANE, Wash. – Ken Anderson, interim dean of Gonzaga University School of Business Administration, will discuss “An Exemplar of Business Education: Gonzaga University School of Business” at the 5th annual Aram Lecture on Business Ethics at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 2 in Cataldo Hall’s Globe Room. The free public lecture follows a 6 p.m. reception.
“Our vision is to be an exemplar of Jesuit business education. To do so we must develop innovative and effective ways to impact our students in the area of ethics education,” said Anderson, a professor of management. “We must also incorporate those Jesuit principles and values that will best prepare our students for the challenges ahead. This is what we will do.”
Anderson served as associate dean of the School of Business from 2009 to May of 2013. In his 28th year at Gonzaga, Anderson was acting dean in fall semester 2012, and became interim dean Jan. 1, 2014. He also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in management, strategic management, and human resource management.
The endowed lecture serves as a tribute to John Aram, a former Gonzaga Trustee and benefactor whose long and dedicated service to the forest industry spurred Weyerhaeuser Company, Boise Cascade Corp., Potlatch Corp., the George F. Jewett Foundation, and many industry associates and friends to establish John L. Aram Chair of Business Ethics at Gonzaga. Aram’s life exemplified a commitment to ethical values in both his business and personal endeavors. The lecture is designed to provide students with a better understanding of business and government ethical issues.
After transferring from Los Angeles Harbor Junior College, Anderson played basketball at Gonzaga for two years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration (1981) and an MBA (1982) from Gonzaga; his Ph.D. is from the University of Nebraska (1988).
Anderson has worked with the West Coast Conference, and has a substantial consulting experience, namely in negotiation, employment law, and arbitration. A number of his co-authored articles have been published in Academy of Management Journal, and the Journal of Business Ethics, Business & Society, and Organizational Dynamics.