LC Bulletin: Ethics grant fuels program

February 1, 2013. Retrieved online February 1, 2013 from Art Ruiloba for the Las Cruces Bulletin

NMSU College of Business provides higher level of ethics training for state workers

For the Las Cruces Bulletin

The New Mexico State University College of Business is collaborating with the state of New Mexico in the development of a comprehensive, statewide, interactive online ethics training program to serve more than 21,000 state employees.

The training program is funded by a Daniels Fund grant in the amount of $246,750, which was recently awarded to the NMSU College of Business.

Through its Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative, the college has gained valuable experience in the development of customized, high-standard ethics training programs. Garrey Carruthers, dean of the College of Business and vice president for economic development, said the grant is a valuable resource in the college’s goal to create innovative ways to educate and extend ethics training.

Linda Childears, president and CEO of the Daniels Fund, said the success of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at the university is attributed to the strong leadership at the College of Business. She said the initiative has made a tremendous impact at the campus and in the surrounding communities since its inception in 2010. The Daniels Fund is a private foundation established by Bill Daniels, a cable pioneer and former New Mexico resident.

“The success of this program, as well as other programs we have supported at NMSU, gave us confidence that the new statewide online ethics program would be successful in helping prepare New Mexico public officials and employees to identify and appropriately address common ethical issues and dilemmas in the public sector. We are delighted to help support this program,” Childears said.

Bruce Huhmann, College of Business associate professor and Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Chair, said the ethics training modules will be produced over the next three years. Employees will be required to complete one ethical training module per year.

“The ethics training films to be developed from the grant are a cooperative effort among NMSU faculty, and the Personnel Department in Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration,” Carruthers said. “I anticipate these training films will be very useful not only in New Mexico, but in the other states serviced by the Daniels Fund. Governor Martinez has indicated she will be pleased to introduce the finished training films to her colleagues in the Western States.”

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