Published: Jan. 24, 2014 By

The University of Colorado Boulder has named Mark Meaney as executive director of the Center for Education on Social Responsibility (CESR) at the Leeds School of Business.

Meaney joins CESR from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as a faculty director. He has more than 17 years of experience in higher education and public sector ethics.

“The Center for Education on Social Responsibility serves a vital role in advancing knowledge, innovation and discovery at Leeds, and ensures that preparation for successful business practice is grounded in ethical values,” said David L. Ikenberry, dean of the Leeds School. “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.”

Meaney was formerly the statewide director of ethics with the Office of the President at the University of California, facilitating development and implementation of ethics programs at the system’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 Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s administration as chief ethics officer and first deputy director in the Office of Ethics and Compliance.

Meaney’s experience in corporate ethics programming spans a number of industries including health care, higher education, global engineering and construction, government contractors, transportation services and nonprofit organizations. He has developed monitoring procedures for multinational corporations in accordance with the United Nations Global Compact guidelines and standards to identify risks and vulnerabilities with respect to harmful work conditions and human rights violations. 

“In applying for the position of executive director at CESR, I was drawn to the Leeds Schools’ fearless vision to change the global marketplace,” said Meaney. “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.”

Meaney graduated from Marquette University with a Ph.D. in philosophy, specializing in applied ethics. In addition to teaching at the Haas School of the University of California, Berkeley, he taught corporate responsibility and business ethics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has numerous publications in both professional and popular media including a book on professional development for ethics officers.

Founded in 1906, the top-tiered Leeds School is one of the oldest business schools in the United States. Leeds is an inclusive community of distinguished faculty, talented staff, engaged alumni and corporate partners committed to producing principled and innovative leaders who drive value and change the face of business.

“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,” said Michael Leeds, a board member of the Leeds School. “Mark Meaney will bring new experiences and skills to grow and expand the leadership in this crucial area.”

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Mark Meaney

Mark Meaney. (Photo courtesy Mark Meaney)