Robert J. Rutland Institute for Ethics
A review and interactive discussion of

The National Survey of CEO's on Business Ethics...

A Clemson Renaissance Center Event

The National Survey of CEO's on Business Ethics

May 29, 2008

The survey is a study involving 300 large and mid-size corporations in all major industries, in collaboration with the Rutland Institute for Ethics at Clemson and the Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility at GSU and conducted with support from UPS.  Panelists from Prominent Upstate corporations will comment on the results and share their practical perspectives.





Featured Panelists:

David Black; President & CEO

Liberty Life Insurance Company

David Black is president and CEO of Liberty Life Insurance Company, the principal U.S. subsidiary of RBC Insurance.

Before assuming his current duties in October 2004, Mr. Black served as vice president, secretary and general counsel for Liberty Life, with oversight of all legal and regulatory compliance issues for insurance operations. Prior to that he was Liberty Life’s General Counsel for Litigation.

Prior to joining RBC in November 2000, Mr. Black was Counsel and Assistant Secretary for The Liberty Corporation, a publicly traded holding company. The Liberty Corporation’s primary businesses included group broadcasting, life insurance and real estate development.   Mr. Black represented these entities on a wide range of matters beginning in 1982.

Mr. Black is a member of the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the Association of South Carolina Life Insurance Companies and the advisory board of the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina. He also serves on the board of numerous local charities. 

He graduated summa cum laude from Clemson University in 1979 with a degree in economics.  Mr. Black received his J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina. In 1993, he completed the executive program at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

David Black

Debra Clements; VP & General Counsel

Milliken & Company

Debra Clements is currently serving as Vice President and General Counsel of Milliken & Company, headquartered in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  In this capacity, she oversees the company’s corporate, commercial, transactional, litigation and other legal matters, as well as its compliance and ethics program.

Prior to joining Milliken, she served in-house for 16 years in positions of increasing responsibility for Harris Corporation, a technology company headquartered in Melbourne, Florida.  Her responsibilities included government contracting, as well as commercial, transactional and compliance matters.

Ms. Clements received both her undergraduate and Law degrees from the University of Florida, where she graduated cum laude, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Debra Clements

Wendy Hallgren; VP, Corporate Compliance

Fluor Corporation

Wendy Hallgren serves Fluor Corporation as its vice president of Corporate Compliance.  Her responsibilities include planning, directing and managing the company’s comprehensive compliance and ethics program, including its Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, corporate policies and compliance with applicable law.  She also has responsibilities relating to the integrity of the company’s financial statements, including acting as a member of Fluor’s Disclosure Committee and supporting the Audit Committee of the company’s Board of Directors.
            Prior to moving to Corporate Compliance in June 2004, Hallgren was a member of Fluor’s Legal department from 2002 – 2004.  Before joining Fluor, she was an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Orange County, California, and at Hogan and Hartson LLP in Washington D.C., where she represented business organizations in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and securities transactions.
            Hallgren received her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School and her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.

Wendy Hallgren



Dr. Bruce Yandle, Dean Emeritus
College of Business & Behavioral Sciences, Clemson University

Bruce Yandle is Alumni Distinguished Professor of Economics Emeritus and Dean Emeritus of Clemson University’s College of Business & Behavioral Science. Dr. Yandle is a Senior Fellow with PERC in Bozeman, Montana, Senior Fellow with Clemson’s Thurmond Institute, and a Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Economics with George Mason University’s Mercatus Center. He served in Washington on two occasions, first as a senior economist on White House staff during the Ford and Carter Administrations and later as Executive Director of the Federal Trade Commission in the Reagan Administration.

He has been a member and chairman of South Carolina’s State Board of Economic Advisors. He is author/editor of some 15 books, including The Economics of Environmental Quality, Taking the Environment Seriously, and Common Law and Common Sense for the Environment.  He is a director and past-president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education and a trustee of Spartanburg Methodist College.  Prior to entering a career in university teaching, Dr. Yandle was in the industrial machinery business for 15 years.  He writes a quarterly newsletter on the economy that is distributed by Clemson’s Strom Thurmond Institute.

Bruce Yandle


The Southeast Survey of CEO's on Business Ethics

Sponsored by:

The Robert J. Rutland Institute for Ethics
The Clemson Renaissance Center