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Drs. O.C. and Linda Ferrell Join Massey College of Business as Distinguished Chairs of Ethics

Linda Ferrell OC FerrellEsteemed experts in marketing and business ethics, Drs. O.C. and Linda Ferrell recently joined the faculty of Belmont University’s Massey College of Business as University Distinguished Chairs of Business Ethics. The couple team teaches courses and will lead graduate-level students in subjects like Leadership and Ethics, Sales Management and Marketing Management, among others.

Dr. Joe Alexander, associate dean of the Massey Graduate School of Business, said, “There are significant milestones on any journey to build a nationally-ranked business school, and our hiring of the Ferrells certainly qualifies as one of those major mile marker events. Both O.C. and Linda are nationally recognized as preeminent scholars and leaders within their disciplines, and we are ecstatic that they have chosen to continue their academic careers with us here at Belmont. Our students will ultimately be the real winners in this deal.”

“Over the years we have had several opportunities to speak at Belmont events and to classes,” the Ferrells noted. “During our last trip we spoke as part of the Edward C. Kennedy Center for Business Ethics speaker series and had lunch with Mrs. Helen Kennedy. It was a special experience. We saw the impact that Belmont is having on students and the business community. We felt our experiences and interest meshed very well with this type of environment.  We would like to build upon the excellence that has been established in the business ethics area and add to the great work that Harold Fogelberg [director of Belmont’s Center for Business Ethics] and others are doing to advance business ethics education and effectively reach out and support the business community in their endeavors to build high integrity organizations.”

With a B.A. and an MBA from Florida State and a Ph.D. in marketing from Louisiana State, Dr. O.C. Ferrell most recently served as a University Distinguished Professor, Professor of Marketing and Creative Enterprise Scholar at the University of New Mexico. He works with Linda to co-manage a $2.5 million grant for business ethics education at the University of New Mexico provided by the Daniels Fund. He is past president of the Academic Council of the American Marketing Association and chaired the American Marketing Association Ethics Committee twice. He serves as a board member for the NASBA Center for the Public Trust and

serves on the advisory board of Savant Learning. His academic research focuses on ethical decision making, stakeholder relationships and social responsibility. Dr. Ferrell is the co-author of 20 books and more than 100 articles. He is co-author of leading textbooks in Marketing, Marketing Strategy, Business Ethics, Introduction to Business and Business and Society. His articles have been published in the Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Research, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, AMS Review, Journal of Public Policy & Marketing and Academy of Management Executive as well as other journals. He is also writes the Wall Street Journal weekly business ethics reviews and summaries with over 6,000 global subscribers to this feature.

With a B.A. and an MBA from Illinois State and a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Memphis, Dr. Linda Ferrell most recently served as Professor of Marketing and Creative Enterprise Scholar at the University of New Mexico. She is president of the Academy of Marketing Science. She serves on the board of directors of Mannatech (a NASDAQ-listed company operating in the health and wellness industry), advisory board of Savant Learning, NASBA Center for the Public Trust board, board and executive committee of the Direct Selling Education Foundation, and on the Cutco Vector College Advisory board. Her research interests include marketing and society, social responsibility and business ethics education. She has published in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, AMS Review, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Personal Selling & Sales Management, Journal of Macromarketing, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Teaching Business Ethics, European Journal of Marketing and Case Research Journal as well as others. She is co-author of Business Ethics: Ethical Decision Making and Cases, Business and Society, Business and Society, Management and Business in a Changing World. She also serves as an expert witness in cases dealing with business ethics disputes and has assisted companies in the development of their ethics and compliance programs.

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