Author and Ethicist Jeffrey Seglin to Address Bethany Scholarship Candidates

3728Seglin.jpgBETHANY, W.Va. — Jeffrey L. Seglin —well-known New York Times author, ethicist and a 1978 graduate of Bethany College— will deliver the Keynote Address for the 26th annual Kalon Scholarship Luncheon at Bethany. The luncheon, to be held on March 6, is part of the Kalon Leadership Scholarship Competition for incoming freshmen with exceptional academic, leadership and service records.

“We look forward to welcoming to campus not only a group of highly talented students, but also an outstanding professional and alumnus whose exemplary success bears witness to how far an education at Bethany can take them,” stated Bethany College President Scott D. Miller.

The Kalon Scholarship Luncheon is held each year at Bethany College as part of the Kalon Leadership Scholarship competition. Candidates are chosen from high school seniors across the nation based on demonstrated achievement in leadership, a superior academic record and a required essay on leadership. The College hosts potential scholarship recipients during Kalon Weekend, giving them the opportunity to tour the campus and participate in events such as the luncheon and a variety of leadership seminars. Following the luncheon and Keynote Address, three-person teams composed of a Bethany faculty or staff member, a current Bethany student and an alumnus conduct in-depth interviews of each candidate to complete the evaluation process.

Seglin earned a master’s degree in theological studies from The Divinity School at Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Bethany College. He serves as associate professor of writing, literature and publishing at Emerson College and is an ethics fellow at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies.

Seglin writes the popular The Right Thing, a weekly column on general ethics syndicated by The New York Times Syndicate. He is the author or co-author of more than a dozen books on business and writing. “The Right Thing: Conscience, Profit and Personal Responsibility in Today's Business” was named one of the "Best Business Books of 2003" by the Library Journal.

Seglin has written for publications such as The New York Times, Fortune, Real Simple, FSB,,, Sojourners, MIT's Sloan Management Review, Harvard Management Update, Business 2.0, ForbesASAP, CIO, CFO and MBA Jungle. He has contributed commentaries to Public Radio's Marketplace and has appeared as a commentator on CNN, CNBC, Fox 25, CNBC, WGBH's Greater Boston and more.

Seglin, former resident fellow at the Center for the Study of Values in Public Life at Harvard, lectures widely on business ethics, including sessions at the Executive MBA Program at University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Executive MBA Program at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Duke Corporate Education. He was the host of "Doing Well by Doing Good," an hour-long live television program airing out of WCVE, PBS's Richmond, Va., affiliate. He hosted a virtual seminar for Harvard Business School Publishing called "Ethics and the Frontline Manager: Making the Tough Calls" and has lectured on writing and other topics to groups such as the Catherine B. Reynolds Fellows at the Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School of Government.

In addition to his many other projects, Seglin serves on the ethics committee of the American Society of Business Press Editors, is a judge for the FOLIO: Editorial Excellence Awards and is a national judge for the American Business Ethics Awards. He also serves as chair of the board of trustees of the South Shore Charter Public School in Norwell, Mass.

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Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.