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W. Michael Hoffman Receives Lifetime Achievement Award and Mary Chiasson Honored for Dedicated Service in Ethics and Compliance


W. Michael Hoffman Receives Lifetime Achievement Award and Mary Chiasson Honored for Dedicated Service in Ethics and Compliance


Dr. W. Michael Hoffman, the founding executive director of the Center for Business Ethics (CBE) at Bentley University and co-founder of the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association (ECOA), was honored with a lifetime achievement award in the field of ethics and compliance by the ECOA.  Mary E. Chiasson, the CBE’s senior associate director, was also honored with an outstanding service and dedication award for 20 years of service with the ECOA.

Hoffman, Bentley, the ECOA, and indeed the worldwide business ethics movement are innately associated, having joined forces in 1992 when the ECOA was formed and the newly constituted board of directors named the CBE its facilitating institution and appointed Hoffman as the fledgling organization’s first executive director. For the next five years, the CBE, with Hoffman in leadership and Chiasson on staff, administered the ECOA.

“I think it is so appropriate for the ECOA to have its historical roots grown in the soil of an institution of higher learning such as Bentley and in a research institute such as the CBE,” says Hoffman. “Without education and research into new ideas, a profession would wither and die.”

As the association grew, Bentley, the CBE, and the ECOA continued working individually and in tandem to solidify and strengthen the ethics and compliance movement. Hoffman served on the ECOA’s board of directors, then served as a board advisor for 10 years.  One of the most significant collaborations between the CBE and the ECOA was the development of the certificate-bearing executive education course, “Managing Ethics in Organizations,” which continues today at Bentley with Chiasson administering. After 17 years, approximately 1,000 ethics and compliance officers have MEO certificates, which, according to Hoffman, still stands as perhaps the most important and prestigious credentials in the ethics and compliance profession.

“I consider my work with the ECOA to be one of the highlights of my career,” reminisced Hoffman. “It was work that made me grow as an educator and a person.”

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,200 full-time undergraduate, 82 part-time undergraduate, 1,000 graduate and 24 doctoral students. Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranks Bentley among the top 10 undergraduate business programs in the country. The Princeton Review’s Annual Best Colleges Guide names Bentley number one in the nation for career services and internship opportunities. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education.


by Meredith Mason  January 31, 2017

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