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Schmidt Lecturers Address Current Issues In Business And Ethics

Published on October 14, 2013

Signe S. Gates and Matthew A. Phillips will present the 2013 Edward S. and A. Rita Schmidt Lecture in Ethics at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in Stretansky Concert Hall of the Cunningham Center for Music and Art. Their lecture will explore moral courage in business.Signe S. Gates and Matthew A. Phillips

Gates is vice chair of the Susquehanna University Board of Trustees. A 1971 graduate of Susquehanna, she went on to earn a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 1980. She became a member of the Connecticut and American bar associations the following year. From 1999 to 2010, Gates served as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for the Barnes Group in Bristol, Conn.

Matthew Phillips is an assistant professor of accounting in the James F. Dicke College of Business Administration at Ohio Northern University and treasurer of Mountain Vision Enterprises in Cincinnati. Phillips graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He earned a master’s degree in business administration in 1998 from Pennsylvania State University. He is a member of the American Accounting Association and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Prior to joining the faculty at Ohio Northern, Phillips held several roles of increasing responsibility at the Barnes Group, including vice president of finance and director of internal auditing.

The Edward S. and A. Rita Schmidt Lecture in Ethics at Susquehanna University was established by 1969 graduate Edward R. Schmidt in honor of his late parents. The lectureship is designed to bring distinguished scholars and leaders to campus to advance students’ understanding of and appreciation for the value and role of ethics in their professional and personal endeavors.

Schmidt is a retired partner of the Indianapolis law firm of Krieg DeVault. Prior to that, he was an executive vice president for Sallie Mae. He also served as executive vice president, general counsel–secretary and board member of USA Group, the largest guarantor of student loans in the United States. Schmidt remains an engaged member of the Susquehanna University community, serving on the Board of Trustees and advising the alumni corporation of Theta Chi fraternity.

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