ASM Jackson Student Center
The Jackson Student Center at the UNM Anderson School of Management.

The University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management will receive $1.25 million from the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative. The Daniels Fund Board of Directors recently approved funding of more than $11 million over five years (2015-2019) to continue the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative. This comes after the Board evaluated the success of the five-year pilot program in eight universities, and opted to increase the number of participants and, subsequently, the number of students reached.

"We are thrilled that the Daniels Fund Board has extended the funding of the Ethics Initiative. This extension will allow ongoing ethics education of UNM students, colleagues, staff, and the New Mexico community of higher education as a whole,” said Craig White, Anderson School of Management Interim dean.  “The educational objectives are to recognize ethical challenges, assess the implications for key stakeholders, ask questions when uncertain, respond appropriately, and to stay vigilant to make sure that short term pressures do not override the desire to act in the company’s best interests."

UNM was one of the initial participating schools when the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative was launched in 2010, along with other universities in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Reflecting Bill Daniels’ personal commitment to ethics and integrity, the Ethics Initiative was established to strengthen the teaching of principle-based ethics, fostering a high standard of ethics in students – even beyond the campus and into the community.

Three new colleges or schools have been accepted into this five-year Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative, increasing the total number from nine to eleven. The new members are Colorado Mesa University–Department of Business; University of Colorado Denver Business School; and University of Colorado Law School in Boulder.

Along with UNM other continuing members of the initiative are Colorado State University–College of Business; New Mexico State University–College of Business; University of Colorado, Colorado Springs–College of Business; University of Denver–Daniels College of Business; University of Northern Colorado–Monfort College of Business; University of Utah–David Eccles School of Business; and University of Wyoming–College of Business.

Executive leaders from these colleges – all members of the Ethics Consortium – work collaboratively to share expertise and resources through the Ethics Consortium website. Each college’s grant provides for development and implementation of new curriculum, programs, and activities that engage their students in real-world application of ethical principles. Students, faculty, and community leaders participate in the annual Daniels Fund Ethics Consortium Case Competition and Daniels Fund Ethics Consortium Summit.

Bill Daniels, a pioneer in cable television known for his generosity, established the Daniels Fund to extend his legacy of giving far beyond his lifetime. The Daniels Fund operates the Daniels Fund Scholarship Program, the Daniels Fund Grants Program, and the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Learn more at the Daniels Fund website