RSM McGladrey President speaks at Virginia Tech about Finding Your Moral Compass
Blacksburg, VA – C.E. Andrews, president and chief operating officer of RSM McGladrey, one of the nation’s leading accounting, tax and business consulting firms, recently addressed a crowd of 1,500 students, faculty and guests at Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business. Andrews addressed the topic of ethics as the keynote lecturer for Virginia Tech’s 19th annual Business Ethics Symposium on March 1.
“Given the intense regulatory and compliance scrutiny facing today’s workforce, students need to be prepared to recognize ethical issues and take appropriate action – but this takes study and practice, both in school and in the real world,” said Andrews.
During his lecture titled “Ethics R U: Finding Your Moral Compass,” Andrews drew upon his rich career experience, including a 29-year career with Arthur Andersen before joining RSM McGladrey in June 2009, to share his personal accounts with business ethics, lessons learned and guidance for students and professionals of all ages.
“Business ethics is very complicated; it’s not cut-and-dried,” said Andrews. “And while you don’t have a GPS to help you navigate through difficult situations, you do have an internal compass, which can guide you by the moral equivalent of ‘true north.’ This is an analogy that helps me make the tough calls.”
Business ethics and sustainability has become increasingly important in today’s college classrooms, reflecting the drive for greater transparency and accountability in business. Virginia Tech has been above the curve on teaching business ethics for the past two decades. As its 19th Ethics Symposium speaker, Andrews, a Virginia Tech alumnus, praised the University for making ethics a critical part of the student experience.
“Virginia Tech’s commitment of resources and time to the cause of business ethics has to be one of the longest and most sustained in all of American academia,” said Andrews.
Andrews’ speech can be found on RSM McGladrey’s Web site at mcgladrey.com.
RSM McGladrey is a leading professional services firm providing accounting, tax and business consulting. RSM McGladrey operates in an alternative practice structure with McGladrey & Pullen LLP, a partner-owned CPA firm that delivers audit and attest services. Through separate and independent legal entities, they work together to serve clients’ business needs. Together, the companies rank as the fifth largest U.S. provider of accounting, tax and business consulting services (source: Accounting Today), with 7,000 professionals and associates in nearly 90 offices. RSM McGladrey and McGladrey & Pullen LLP are member firms of RSM International, an affiliation of independent accounting and consulting firms.