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Citadel News Service
4 Feb 2010

School of Business Administration to host first Directors' Institute

The School of Business Administration will hold the first Citadel Directors' Institute March 25 and 26, 2010, at Charleston Place hotel in the heart of historic downtown Charleston.


The Institute will feature sessions on best practices in corporate governance; developments in the legal, regulatory and political environment; and corporate risk management. Participants will also hear how principled leadership can set a new direction for American business.

"For anyone who serves on a public board of directors, the complexity of the legal landscape and the potential for liability have created a climate that is challenging and potentially volatile," said Ronald F. Green, dean of the school of business. "These are tough times in the business community. Recession and recovery, the pressure of new regulations, and responsibilities to shareholders and other stakeholders require an expanded focus in the boardroom.”

Institute speakers will include:

  • Supreme Court of Delaware Chief Justice Myron T. Steele, who has served on the court since 2000 and became chief justice in 2004. He has presided over major corporate litigation, LLC, and limited partner governance disputes.
  • Richard Spillenkothen, the Federal Reserve's lead banking regulator for 15 years and now a director within Deloitte & Touche LLP Regulatory and Capital Markets Consulting practice. He is one of the nation's foremost authorities on banking risk and regulation, as well as public policy and global supervisory issues.
  • Charles M. Elson, the Edgar S. Woolard, Jr., Chair in Corporate Governance and the Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware. His fields of expertise include corporations, securities regulation and corporate governance.
  • Retired Army Lt. Gen. John Moellering, USMA Class of 1959, chairman of USAA, a Fortune 200 insurance and diversified financial services company. He is an adjunct faculty member in the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina and was a founding member of the School of Business Administration Advisory Board at The Citadel. 

For a complete list of confirmed speakers, click here.

Dedicated to providing insights and guidance to the crucial issues facing directors, The Citadel School of Business Administration has designed The Citadel Directors' Institute program especially for directors and senior executives. The college is working on the conference in partnership with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP of Columbia and Elliott Davis, LLC of Greenville.

“Today's business leaders are renewing their commitment to the fundamental precepts of principled leadership,” said Green. “To that end, The Citadel Directors' Institute is designed to help prepare them for that challenge."

Registration is under way. Cost is $500 a person and includes conference materials, two receptions and meals during the conference.

To register online or for more information visit or contact Wesley M. Jones, Jr., associate professor of finance and director of graduate and external programs in the School of Business Administration, at (843) 953-7531. Email him at

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