The Center for Ethics in Public Life closed on June 30, 2011.
In Fall 2004 President Mary Sue Coleman convened a University-wide task force to examine ways in which the University might “explore the synergies of education and scholarship on the issue of ethics in public life.” She established the Ethics in Public Life Initiative in Fall 2005 in response to the recommendations from the task force and during the next three years the Initiative sponsored a wide variety of public forums on ethical issues and provided funding in support of nearly fifty programs, workshops and faculty research projects.
In July 2008 Provost Teresa Sullivan established the Center for Ethics in Public Life and appointed John Chamberlin, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, as its director. The Center was located in Weill Hall, the home of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. The Provost's Office provided generous support for the Center, but they were unable to renew their commitment to the Center for 2011-12 given the very difficult financial climate facing the University.
Information about the history and activities of the Initiative and Center are available in the sections of this website.