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Price receives Distinguished Scholarship – jepson

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When is it okay for leaders to break the rules? What justifies their use of influence on others? Dr. Terry Price, the Coston Family Chair in Leadership and Ethics, has grappled with these kinds of questions for the past 25 years. After earning his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Arizona in 1998, he joined the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, where he has studied and researched leadership ethics ever since.

“My fellowship gives me the intellectual satisfaction of solving or trying to solve a puzzle,” said the professor of leadership studies and philosophy, politics, economics and law (PPEL). “I’m very lucky to be in a field full of puzzles, especially as someone who studies ethics.”

Last month at Colloquium, the campus-wide event marking the official start of the academic year, Price received the Distinguished Scholarship Award from the University of Richmond.

“His fellowship focuses on the challenges of ethical leadership, and in particular, how leaders make exceptions of themselves,” Provost Jeff Legro said when announcing Price’s award. “He is the author of three books on leadership ethics and editor of five others on a wide range of leadership issues. His book “Understanding the Ethical Failures of Leadership” was particularly influential. »

In this book, Price argues that leaders sometimes see themselves as justified when they exempt themselves and fail to live up to generally accepted moral standards. Accordingly, when they are wrong, he writes, their ethical failures do not result from wrongful desire but rather from false beliefs about the leader’s exceptionalism.

Many of the leadership issues he studies come from classroom discussions with students, said the professor, who received the University’s Distinguished Educator Award in 2004. As Institute co-director Gary L. McDowell , it also fosters extracurricular discussions with students and scholars who reflect a range of political perspectives on some of the most pressing issues in ethics, law, and politics.

“Discussing the ethical issues of leadership with students sharpens my thinking and hopefully theirs as well,” Price said. Indeed, he has mentored students who have achieved national recognition for their research, including his honorary student who received the award for Best Formal Paper by an Undergraduate Student at the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics conference. in Cincinnati last year.

“It’s been an incredible pleasure,” Price said, reflecting on his tenure at the Jepson School, which included a decade-long stint as associate dean of academic affairs. “I am very grateful to the University and the Jepson School for once giving a young philosopher a chance, for supporting my research over the years, and for recognizing my work.”