CESR Welcomes New Executive Director

Article posted January 17, 2014 on the CESR Blog

Starting January 24th, CESR welcomes new executive director Mark Meaney, who brings over 17 years' experience in higher education and public sector ethics and compliance program development to CESR, coming to us directly from his post as Faculty Director for Haas' Leading with Ethics program at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

"In applying for the position of Executive Director at CESR, I was drawn to the Leeds Schools' fearless vision to change the global marketplace. Corporate responsibility and business ethics are woven into the culture through the work of CESR. I am so very excited and consider myself privileged to join an institution of the caliber of the Leeds School of Business," says Mark Meany.

Meaney was formerly the Statewide Director of Ethics with the Office of the President at the University of California in Oakland, facilitating development and implementation of the ethics program for the UC's 10 campuses, five academic medical centers and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Prior to joining the University of California, Meaney held a political appointment with Mayor Richard M. Daley's administration in the City of Chicago as Chief Ethics Officer and First Deputy Director of the Office of Ethics and Compliance.

Leeds Board Member, Michael Leeds, shares his thoughts on Mark's appointment. "Over the last decade the Center for Education on Social Responsibility and the addition of ethics and social responsibility to the Leeds School curriculum have had a significant impact on our graduates. Mark Meaney will bring new experiences and skills to grow and expand the leadership in this crucial area."

Meaney's experience in corporate ethics programming covers a wide array of industries including healthcare, higher education, global engineering and construction, government contractors, transportation services and non-profit organizations. He developed monitoring procedures for multinational corporations in accordance with the U.N. Global Compact guidelines and standards to identify risks and vulnerabilities with respect to harmful work conditions and human rights violations.

"The Center for Education on Social Responsibility serves a vital role in advancing knowledge, innovation and discovery at Leeds, and ensures preparation for successful business practice is grounded in ethical values. Dr. Mark Meaney brings the thought leadership required to fulfill the CESR vision to become the recognized leader in education on values and social responsibility. I welcome Mark to the Leeds team," says Dean, David L. Ikenberry.

Mark Meaney graduated from Marquette University with a Doctorate of Philosophy specializing in Applied Ethics. His previous academic appointments include the Legal Studies Department at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where he taught Corporate Responsibility and Business Ethics. He has numerous publications in both professional and popular media including a book on professional development for Ethics Officers.