Robert J. Rutland Institute for Ethics
Advisory Board...

The Advisory Board provides guidance in the development of program offerings and helps the Institute fulfill its mission by establishing connections off campus. This committee includes leaders from businesses, professions and higher education.

Current Active Members


Joe Turner
Joe Turner

Joe Turner

Greenville, SC
Executive Advocatus, Rutland Institute for Ethics; Board Chair

Joe is the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of First Sun Management Corporation, one of the largest Wendy’s franchise owners with 50+ restaurants in the Southeast. First Sun Management Corporation is listed in the Monitor 200 as one of the 200 largest franchised restaurant operators in the country, and it is also among the 100 largest private held businesses in South Carolina. In 2008 the Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership named Joe Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year.

He has selflessly given of his time in speaking to various business classes and serving on committees and boards for the university. In recognition of his integrity and the significance of his ongoing contributions of time and talent on and off the campus, he was awarded the designation of Executive Advocatus by the Rutland Institute, also in 2008. Joe’s strong affiliation with Clemson includes 8 years on the Development Office staff and 6 years in the Athletics Department as Executive Director of IPTAY. He is a 1971 alumnus with a B.S. in Industrial Management and an M.S. in Management (1977).

 

Stephan Barton
Stephan Barton

Stephan C. Barton '72

Athens, GA
Founding Member

Stephan is Senior Principal of Physicians Planning Group, LLC, in Atlanta. He specializes in Investment Analysis, Estate and Pension Design and is a NASD Registered Representative; Registered Investment Advisor; Registered Financial Consultant; and Certified Senior Advisor. Stephan is Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the College of Architecture, Arts & Humanities at Clemson. He graduated from Clemson in 1972 with a B.A. in English and went on to receive both his M.Div. and D.Min. degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

While attending Clemson, he was a Tiger Letterman in track and field, a member of the Blue Key National Honor Fraternity and the Block C Club. In, 2001 he was named a Distinguished Alumni Fellow. Stephan and his wife, Mary, have three children. He is a Deacon and Trustee of First Baptist Church Athens.

 

Brice Bay

Brice Bay

 

Brice Bay

Greenville, SC

Brice Bay, Chairman and CEO of EnVeritas Group (EVG), is a pioneer in the Internet content marketing industry. For over a decade, his global content marketing firm has helped companies such as American Express, America Online, Carlson Companies, Home Depot, Verizon and many more, empower their customers and grow their businesses by developing original, relevant and creative communications. Today over 1,000,000 URLs have content created, marketed and/or managed by the EVG. The firm features over 60 employees in the United States, offices in England, France and Mexico and a network of nearly 1,000 contract employees worldwide.  The firm serves a global customer base of the Fortune 500.

Bay graduated from the University of Kentucky with a BA in marketing. Having traveled extensively for his prior position in IT sales, he began his first venture, www.10best.com, to offer objective and relevant information for travelers. 10Best was sold in early 2011.  As web content has grown exponentially, Bay seeks to lead his international team in crafting original content and strategies to nurture brand loyalty for client companies around the globe.

Bay is an active member of the Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF) and serves on its Board of Directors and Executive committee.  Bay is active with Middle East Leadership Academy (MELA), which is helping to train the future business leaders of the Middle East.

 

Michele Brinn
Michele Brinn

Michele Brinn

Greenville, SC

Michele is vice president for workforce development and education at the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. In that role she also serves as director of the Carolina First Center for Excellence (CFCE) and The Advanced Education Partnership (AEP). The CFCE provides professional development to educators with the goal of bringing continuous quality improvement strategies and Baldrige principles to schools and classrooms presently serving more than 35 schools in SC. The AEP is a newly formed collaborative effort of the University Center of Greenville and the Chamber organized around the goal of increasing the adult population with higher education degrees from 25% to 40%.

Michele has both Bachelors and Masters degrees from Montclair State University with degrees in Mathematics Education and Organizational Development. She has served as a SC Quality Examiner, National Baldrige Examiner, and has Lean Six Sigma Black Belt for Service. She has two young-adult sons and actively serves as past president of Congregation Beth Israel.

 

J. Ashley Cooper

Ashley Cooper

Ashley Cooper

Charleston, SC

Ashley Cooper is a partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough's Charleston and Washington, D.C., offices, where he practices in the areas of energy law, regulatory and administrative law and litigation.

Mr. Cooper has previous experience with a national labor and employment law firm. Before that, he served as assistant general counsel for Federal Energy Regulatory matters and chief compliance officer for Federal Standards of Conduct for SCANA Corporation. He also has worked as legislative director and counsel to former U.S. Senator Ernest F. Hollings. In his role as legislative director, Mr. Cooper supervised the senator’s legislative staff and represented the senator’s interest in legislative and regulatory negotiations. Hollings was chairman of the Committee on Commerce Science, and Transportation, senior member of the Budget Committee, and a member of the Appropriations Committee during Mr. Cooper’s tenure.

Mr. Cooper also has taught as an adjunct professor at The University of South Carolina School of Government and International Studies. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association and the Charleston County Bar Association.
He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1997, where he won both the second-year Moot Court competition and the USC third-year National Trial Competition. He was also a member of the John Belton O’Neall Inn of Courts. He earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from Clemson University in 1994.

 

Peggy Deane
Peggy Deane

Peggy Deane

Anderson, SC

Peggy G. Dean R.N., MBA, has spent her entire professional career in Health Care. Ms. Deane served on the faculty of the Greenville General Hospital School of Nursing and as the Recruitment Representative. After moving to Anderson, SC, she became affiliated with AnMed Health as in-service Coordinator, Assistant Director of Nursing, Director of Nursing, Vice President and then Senior Vice President from which she retired in early 2007 after thirty-three years as a senior executive. Since that time she has been Senior Consultant with NeuStrategy, a Health Care Consulting firm.

Ms. Deane has been and continues to be active in community activities serving on numerous boards and advisory boards. She is very active with Clemson university, Tri-County Technical College and Anderson university. She is presently serving on the Board of the South Carolina Rural Physicians and is a member of Healthcare Executives and the National Honor Society for Nurses. She was the first woman chair for Anderson College Board of Trustees and first woman President of the Anderson Rotary Club. She is the recipient of Anderson Chamber of Commerce’s first Athena Award and the recipient of Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Clemson university and the Order of the Trilon from Tri-County technical College. Ms. Deane serves as a deacon and Sunday school teacher at Boulevard Baptist Church.

 

Joe Erwin

Joe Erwin

Joe Erwin

Greenville, SC

Joe Erwin is a 1979 Clemson graduate with a degree in political science who was named an Alumni Fellow of the university in 2003. He is the co-founder and president of Erwin-Penland, a marketing and communications agency based in Greenville, now part of Interpublic Group’s Hill Holliday. Erwin is the former chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party and has been on boards for South Carolina Special Olympics, the Governor’s Commission on Teacher Quality and the Partnership for a Drug-Free America. 

 

 

John Knapp
John C. Knapp

John C. Knapp

Samford, AL
Founding Member

John served on the advisory board from 2004 to 2008. In August 2008 he became the first director of the Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership at Samford University. A graduate of Georgia State University, John received his M.A. from the Columbia Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Wales. He is considered to be one of the nation’s leading experts on organizational ethics and crisis management. John and his wife Kelly have five children.

 

 

David Locke
David Locke

David Locke

Anderson, SC

The principal of Locke Design, David Locke, has degrees in both Graphic Design and Interior Design from Anderson University and believes in personal attention to each client.

A native of Upstate South Carolina, David has a love of every type of art and design as well as a love of history. His designs fuse color, art, and design together into something that is unique for each client and tailored to suit each company’s needs. His personal interests include photography, travel, gardening, jazz, classical music, and culinary arts. David also remains very involved in the Concord Baptist Church Choir, business and charity and arts organizations.

 

Bonnie Drake Loomis

Bonnie Drake Loomis

Bonnie Drake Loomis

Columbia, SC

Bonnie Drake Loomis is Director of Strategy and Planning for Duke Energy – SC, reporting directly to the Duke Energy SC President.  In this role, she ensures strategic coordination among the state government affairs, local government and community relations, and economic development activities of the Duke Energy SC President’s organization.  She also manages Duke Energy SC’s statewide education and philanthropic activities.

She is a cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina Honors College and later received her Juris Doctorate from the University’s law school.  She has been a licensed member in good standing of the SC Bar since 1998.

Ms. Loomis is a native South Carolinian, having spent most of her childhood in Mount Pleasant.  She has lived in Columbia since her undergraduate years.  Her husband, Chris, serves full time with SC Army National Guard as a Leadership training instructor.  She has three children (Joel-12, Robert-11 and Anna Leah-3).  The family attends Shandon United Methodist Church, and she serves on the state board of Reach Out and Read SC, a pediatric early literacy initiative, and is active in the Junior League of Columbia.

 

Michael Riordan

Michael Riordan

Michael Riordan

Greenville, SC

Michael C. Riordan has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Greenville Hospital System Inc., since August 15, 2006. Mr. Riordan served as an Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the University of Chicago Hospitals and Health System since May 2000. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Chicago Hospitals and Health System. Prior to coming to Chicago, he served as Chief Operating Officer for Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. He also held position of Senior Associate Administrator for Emory and Crawford Long Hospitals. He coached football and taught for a brief time before to the United States Marine Corps, where he served from 1981 to 1985. He holds Bachelor of Arts Degree in liberal arts and English from Columbia University, in New York, in 1980, and completed his Master's Degree in Education and Psychology from Columbia in 1981.

 

Robert J. Rutland
Robert J. Rutland

Robert J. Rutland '64

Covington, GA
Founding Member

Bob is Past Chairman of Allied Holdings, Inc.  In 2001 he established the Robert J. Rutland Center for Ethics, which has evolved into the Robert J. Rutland Institute for Ethics.  He majored in industrial management at Clemson.  He and his wife, Cherry, have three daughters, one of whom is a Clemson alumna.
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Lewis Smoak
Lewis Smoak

Lewis T. Smoak

Greenville, SC

Lewis is a founding partner of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, and serves as Managing Shareholder of the Greenville office. He is among the one percent of U.S. lawyers listed in The Best Lawyers in America, and has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in the ABA’s College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and Chambers USA Leading Lawyers in America. Mr. Smoak is the author of three comprehensive nationwide labor relations studies in the construction industry. He has also received the 2006 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He received his B.A. from Furman University in 1966, and his J.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969.

 

Ex-Officio Members

 

James F. Barker
James F. Barker

James F Barker (ex-officio)

(President)

Clemson University’s 14th president, James F. Barker, is first and foremost an architect. He came to the office with a clear blueprint of Clemson’s future in mind — to become one of the nation’s top public universities. To achieve this vision, Barker led the development of 10-year goals and an action plan built around collaboration, focus, relevance and academic quality.(More...)

 


Doris R. Helms
Doris R. Helms

Doris R. Helms (ex-officio)

(Provost)

Doris R. Helms received her B.S. in Biology from Bucknell University and Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Georgia. She has served Clemson University as Department Head and Associate Dean of the College of Sciences and is currently serving as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

During her career as a biologist, Helms has worked with science teachers throughout South Carolina and has been honored by receiving the Charles H. Townes Award for service to Science and Mathematics Education in South Carolina. She has also received the South Carolina Science Council and South Carolina Hall of Science and Technology awards as well as a Commendation from the State Department of Education for her contributions to teacher education in South Carolina. (More...)

Terry Don Phillips
Terry Don Phillips

Terry Don Phillips (ex-officio)

(Athletic Director)

For a person who has coached and worked in athletics administration his entire career, it may be surprising that Dr. Terry Don Phillips defines his passion and drive as Clemson’s athletic director by his recent inclusion as one of the 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America, as named by The Institute for International Sport at the University of Rhode Island.  The institute’s objective involved a four-year process and resulted in a list that spans scholars, Olympians, coaches, and other industry leaders “who have creatively and effectively used sport in the very best way, as a means to educate and shape positive values.” (More...)

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Janice Murdoch

Janice Murdoch (ex-officio)

(Dean, Undergraduate Studies)

Janice (Jan) W. Murdoch became Clemson University’s Dean of Undergraduate Studies in 2004, an appointment following her service as Associate Dean of the College of Business and Behavioral Science from 1999 to 2004. Prior to joining Clemson’s faculty in 1986, Murdoch earned her B.A. and M.A. in Psychology degrees from Wake Forest University, where she was named to Phi Beta Kappa. Then she received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Vanderbilt University.

 

 

 

 

William Maker
William Maker

William A. Maker (ex-officio)

(Chair, Dept. of Philosophy & Religion)

Dr. Maker has been at Clemson since 1979, after having received his Ph.D from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York City in 1978. He was an undergraduate philosophy major at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and also studied philosophy at the University of Freiburg and the University of Braunschweig in Germany. His specialty is 19th and 20th century German philosophy, in particular Hegel, Marx, and Nietzsche. (More...)

Betty McClellan
Elizabeth McClellan

Elizabeth McClellan (ex-officio)

(Office of Development)

 

Members Emeritus

 

Founding Members