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The Hoffman Center For Business Ethics Team

Jeffrey Moriarty, PhD
Interim Director
Professor & Chair, Philosophy

Jeff joined Bentley’s Philosophy Department in 2009. He is now Professor and Chair, in addition to serving as Interim Director of the HCBE. Jeff works mainly in business ethics, though he also has research interests in political philosophy, and at the intersection of these fields. Publications to feature his work include Business Ethics Quarterly, Journal of Business Ethics, Economics and Philosophy, Noûs, and Philosophical Studies. Jeff has taught undergraduates, MBAs, and PhD students, and in recent years has offered courses in business ethics, leadership ethics, environmental ethics, and the philosophy of sport. He is an Associate Editor of Business Ethics Quarterly, and has served on BEQ’s editorial board since 2009. Currently he is President of the Society for Business Ethics, an organization that Mike Hoffman co-founded in 1980. Jeff has a Ph.D. from Rutgers University and an A.B. from Princeton University, both in philosophy.

Robert E. McNulty, PhD
Director of Programs

Bob McNulty joined the Hoffman Center for Business Ethics after many years in both business and academia. The focus of his PhD, which he received from Columbia University, Teachers College, was in the philosophy and psychology of ethics. Earlier, he received his bachelor's degree magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a master of international affairs degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. He has taught at several universities and has had a distinguished career in international business, specializing in the application of public relations to assist countries in their economic development efforts. He has lived overseas in France, Taiwan, Indonesia and Singapore. McNulty continues to provide educational and consulting services in applied ethics.

Gail Sands
Senior Administrative Assistant

Gail Sands joined the Hoffman Center for Business Ethics in 2004 and was promoted to Senior Administrative Assistant in 2015.
Her responsibilities not only include her many administrative duties, but she administers our executive-development program, lectureships, symposia, workshops, and other programs run by the Center. She also supervises the work of the CBE Leon Sullivan Scholars and a work-study student. She oversees the extensive CBE library and our many global Visiting Scholars, and assists Dr. W. Michael Hoffman and the CBE staff. Prior to joining HCBE, she worked as an administrative assistant to the Vice President of Marketing at Fleet Bank.

Robert E. Frederick, PhD
Senior Research Scholar, and
Editor, Business and Society Review (the Journal of the W. Michael Hoffman Center for Business Ethics)

Robert E. Frederick is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Bentley University. He was also a Research Scholar at the Hoffman Center for Business Ethics at Bentley, and is the editor of Business and Society Review, the academic journal of HCBE. He received a BA degree in Economics from Rice University and an MA and PhD in Philosophy from Brown University. He has published a number of articles in philosophy, business ethics, and environmental ethics, and has edited or co-edited ten books on various topics in applied ethics and philosophy. Prior to attending graduate school and joining Bentley, he worked for nine years for a large financial institution in Atlanta, GA, where he was vice president for Administrative Services.

Remembering Our Founding Executive Director

W. Michael Hoffman

W. Michael Hoffman (February 23, 1943 - December 06, 2018)
Founding Executive Director

Dr. W. Michael Hoffman founded the Hoffman Center for Business Ethics at Bentley University in 1976. Mike was also the Hieken Professor of Business and Professional Ethics and served as the Center’s executive director from its founding until he passed away on December 6, 2018. Mike began working at Bentley in 1974 as the chair of the Philosophy Department. At that time, Mike recognized that as a philosopher specializing in ethics and teaching at a business school, he was in the right place to teach future business leaders about moral leadership. He, therefore, introduced to the Bentley curriculum a course on business ethics. Soon afterward, in 1976, he opened at Bentley the first center dedicated to all aspects of business ethics and became an evangelist for business ethics through a series of national conferences and many other initiatives.  From the beginning, under Mike’s leadership, the Center served as a research and consulting institute and an educational forum for the exchange of ideas and information on business ethics. 

Mike received his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and was a professor at Bentley for over 44 years. He authored or edited 16 books, including Business Ethics: Readings and Cases in Corporate Morality, 5th ed., The Ethical Edge, and Ethics Matters: How to Implement Values-Driven Management, and published over 100 articles. 

Mike consulted on business ethics for corporations and other organizations, and served as an expert witness in litigation. He was a co-founder of the Ethics Officer Association (later renamed the Ethics and Compliance Initiative or ECI) and served as its first Executive Director and then, for ten years, served as an Advisor to its Board of Directors. He was a co-founder and President of the Society for Business Ethics and served on the Advisory Board of the U.S. Sentencing Commission. He was frequently sought out to speak to the media and at academic and professional events around the world. In recognition of his many contributions to the field of business ethics, he was the recipient of numerous awards and honors. Mike continued to engage in the full range of professional activities right up until the end of his life. 

The Hoffman Center for Business Ethics' Sullivan Scholars

One of the great early advocates of business ethics was the human rights leader and campaigner against apartheid, Reverend Leon H. Sullivan. In honor of him, an endowed Sullivan Scholars program was established according to which every year approximately six to eight students from the minority backgrounds and with an interest in business ethics are provided with internships at the Hoffman Center for Business Ethics. In a multitude of ways, our Sullivan Scholars have an essential role in supporting the Center in carrying out its activities throughout the academic year. Learn more.