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Susquehanna University to Present Annual Ethics Lecture

Published on October 19, 2012

Signe S. Gates and Matthew Phillips will present a free talk titled “Moral Courage in Business” as part of the Edward S. and A. Rita Schmidt Lectureship in Ethics at Susquehanna University.Signe Gates, Matthew Phillips The free public lecture will take place in Stretansky Concert Hall, in the Cunningham Center for Music and Art, on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.

The goal of the Schmidt Lectureship is to highlight ethical issues across disciplines, and encourage thought and exploration of these issues among students, faculty and the community. The lectureship brings to campus each year a distinguished scholar and/or leader to address a topic of current, vital interest and importance in the field of ethics. Gates is vice chair of Susquehanna’s board of trustees and retired senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for Barnes Group Inc., and Matthew Phillips is assistant professor of accounting at The James F. Dicke College of Business Administration at Ohio Northern University.

In addition to her service to Susquehanna University, Gates also chairs the board of trustees for the Peter B. Knock Memorial Music Fund in Rye, N.Y. She began her career as a management consultant before working as a corporate attorney with Cummings & Lockwood in Stamford, Conn., and then with Tetley Inc. in Shelton, Conn. From 1985 to 1996, she was assistant general counsel for General Signal Corporation in Stamford, Conn., and then was named vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Axel Johnson Inc. She served Barnes Group Inc. in Bristol from 1999 until her retirement in 2010.

Gates earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Susquehanna University and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Michigan Law School. She was admitted to practice law in Connecticut in 1981, and is a member of the Connecticut and American bar associations.

Matthew Phillips also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind. He earned his master’s degree in business administration from Pennsylvania State University and his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Cincinnati. A certified public accountant, Phillips’ professional experience includes employment as a tax specialist with Grant Thornton, manager of accounting and reporting with Cummins Inc., vice president of Barnes Group Inc. and treasurer of MountainVision Enterprises Inc.


Karen M. Jones

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