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Business Ethics Added to the Center for the Study of Church Management

Villanova, PA, May 9, 2013 – The Center for the Study of Church Management (CSCM) at the Villanova School of Business (VSB) is expanding and will become the Center for Church Management and Business Ethics (CMBE).

The expanded center will continue to support the distinctive, mission-based programming developed by the CSCM, including the online Master of Science in Church Management Program, webinar series, and scholarly and applied research on leadership and management issues within the Catholic Church and other faith-based organizations. It will also now serve to provide focus and energy to VSB’s emphasis on business ethics. Business ethics is a fundamental component of VSB’s mission as an Augustinian business school, and this change will enhance the school’s efforts by creating this concentration within the Centers of Excellence.

The Center for Church Management and Business Ethics will broaden the center to include an emphasis on business ethics research, student opportunities and stakeholder engagement. This expansion will also establish a formal home for business ethics within VSB, centralizing existing curricular, co-curricular and research efforts, and catalyzing the development of distinctive new programs and collaborative University efforts in the applied discipline.

Charles Zech, PhD will serve as the center’s director and will continue to oversee the Church Management programming, while Marketing Professor Ronald P. Hill, PhD will lead the business ethics component. Dr. Hill is the Richard J. and Barbara Naclerio Chair in Business, and is an award-winning, preeminent scholar in marketing. He has published numerous articles in leading journals, with research focusing on branding, consumer behavior, ethics in marketing and corporate social responsibility. Dr. Hill also coordinates the MBA non-profit practicum course, which tasks students with business planning to improve local non-profit organizations.

“Dr. Zech has done an outstanding job leading the Center for the Study of Church Management, and I’m exceptionally grateful for his hard work and all he has achieved with the center,” says Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD, the Helen and William O’Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business. “The addition of business ethics will only enhance the center and create greater opportunities for our students. I have no doubt that Dr. Hill will manage this undertaking with fortitude and diligence. I look forward to seeing all that this newly expanded center will accomplish.”  

The Villanova School of Business (VSB) is ranked #15 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek and has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922. Serving over 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students, VSB is home to six Centers of Excellence (Center for Business Analytics, Center for Global Leadership, Center for Marketing & Public Policy Research, Center for the Study of Church Management, the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, and the Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Center) with each center designed to foster innovative, cross-disciplinary research and teaching opportunities for business faculty. VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the ever-changing, complex, and fast-paced world of business. For more, visit

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