7 p.m. - Gamble Auditorium, Kulas Musical Arts Building
Walter Shaub, former director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, and now senior director of ethics at the Campaign Legal Center, will present "Does a Flourishing Democracy Need Strong Government Ethics?"

Charles E. Spahr Chair in Managerial and Corporate Ethics Lecture

March 28, 2018

7 p.m.Photo of Walter Shaub

Gamble Auditorium, Kulas Musical Arts Building

Free and open to the public. No advance registration required.

"Does a Flourishing Democracy Need Strong Government Ethics?"


Strong ethics lie at the heart of good corporate performance and governance. Without them, companies can abuse the public trust and harm shareholders. Is the same true of good government in a flourishing democracy? What are the bedrock principles of good government ethics? What is at risk if those principles erode or are ignored? Do conflicts of interest matter at the highest levels of political power?

There may be no individual better poised to address these questions than Walter Shaub. From 2013 until his resignation in July 2017, he was director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE), the federal government's top ethics watchdog. Prior to serving as OGE's director, Shaub served in positions as Deputy General Counsel, supervising attorney, and attorney at the agency. He also served in positions at other federal agencies, a law firm, and a non-profit organization. He currently serves as senior director of ethics at the Campaign Legal Center and is a CNN contributor. He attended James Madison University and received his J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law.

Shaub will discuss his experiences and ethics roles at the federal government level, provide his analysis of the current ethics state of affairs in government and identify what he sees as the most important ethical issues currently facing our democracy at the federal level.

Political science professor Dr. Tom Sutton will serve as respondent to Shaub. Sutton is a regionally renowned political commentator on American politics and elections and is regularly featured on Channel 5, WEWS, and local NPR radio stations. A Q&A session will follow the lecture.

For questions, contact professor and Spahr Chair Dr. David Krueger at (440) 826-5923.

The Charles E. Spahr Chair in Managerial and Corporate Ethics Lecture brings nationally and locally renowned business and civic leaders to campus to address critical ethical issues facing business and society.