ADA – The Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium has invited Dr. Katricia Pierson, East Central University president, to deliver a guest presentation for its November program.
The consortium, also known as “OK Ethics,” is a 501c6 non-profit, non-sectarian organization consisting of business leaders and educators. Through meetings, OK Ethics members strive to gain recognition for Oklahoma as a state that values integrity in all business dealings.
The topic of Pierson’s presentation is “The Role of Leaders in Promoting Ethics.” She will present it via Zoom video conferencing at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 18. Registration for the online event must be made by noon Monday, November 16, at www.okethics.org.
“I am honored and humbled to be asked to deliver this presentation,” Pierson said. “When asked, I immediately thought of three students who worked with me last fall on the ECU Strategic Planning committee. Students have a way of teaching us things that are often taken for granted.”
Pierson will discuss how working with three distinct stakeholders – students, faculty and staff – at a midsize public university has advanced her understanding of what ethical behavior looks like in practice and explain how the different perspectives of each population creates challenges in ECU’s commitment to transparency, efficiency and academic excellence.
Pierson has served as ECU’s ninth president since 2017. Prior to becoming president, she served as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at ECU from 2015-2017, after joining the University as assistant vice president for Academic Affairs in 2011. She holds the rank of professor and taught English Literature and Composition for 15 years.
Pierson is actively involved with federal, state and local agencies. She is a reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission and served two years on the HLC Trustee Nominating Committee. Pierson is vice chair for the Ada Jobs Foundation board and a board member for the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce.
Pierson has been recognized for her public service, being named one of “50 Women Making a Difference in Oklahoma” for 2018 by the Journal Record’s Woman of the Year program. She is also a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma, Class 32, a program for individuals committed to service to shape Oklahoma’s future.
Since its organization in 2003 in Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium has grown to nearly 900 individual members representing more than 200 companies. One of its primary stated goals is “promoting integrity at work.”