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American Stock Exchange Chairman And CEO Richard F. Syron To Deliver Business Ethics Address At Bentley

January 11, 1999


WALTHAM, Mass.- Richard F. Syron, chairman and CEO of the American Stock Exchange, will be the featured speaker for the Sears Lectureship in Business Ethics at Bentley College on Monday, February 8, at 4:00 p.m.

Syron will address "Ethics in the Financial World." The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Bentley's Adamian Graduate Center Wilder Pavilion.

Syron became the 16th chairman and chief executive officer of the American Stock Exchange (AMEX) on April 1, 1994. One of the nation's top banking executives, with more than 20 years of government and financial experience, Syron had been president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston since January 1989. He also worked at the Boston Fed on two previous occasions, served as assistant to Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul Volcker, and worked at the U.S. Treasury Department in Washington.

A prominent figure in the Boston business community, Syron was heavily involved in working through the banking crisis in New England in the early 1990s, and was one of the first business leaders to recognize the credit squeeze that gripped New England businesses during the past several years.

Syron received an MA and PhD in Economics from Tufts University in 1969 and 1971, respectively. In 1966, he graduated magna cum laude from Boston College with a BS in economics. He also holds honorary degrees from Bentley College and Boston College.

AMEX is the second largest floor-based exchange with a significant presence in both listed equities and equity derivative securities. AMEX operates under the management of The NASDAQ-AMEX Market Group, a subsidiary of the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), the largest securities-industry, self-regulatory organization in the United States.

The Center for Business Ethics at Bentley College is dedicated to promoting ethical business conduct in contemporary society. With a vast network of practitioners and scholars, and an expansive multimedia library, the center provides an international forum for benchmarking and research. The center helps corporations and other organizations strengthen their ethical cultures through educational programming and consulting. Founded in 1976, the Center for Business Ethics is among the oldest of its kind in the United States.

The Sears Lectureship in Business Ethics at Bentley College was established through the financial support of the Office of Ethics and Business Practices, Sears, Roebuck and Co. Sears, one of America's oldest retailers, has over 850 full-line department stores and several hundred off-the-mall specialty stores, such as Sears Hardware and Sears Homelife furniture stores. Sears employs approximately 310,000 associates.

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 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. 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. For more information, please visit

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