Bethany to Celebrate Founder’s Day with Author and Ethicist Jeffrey Seglin

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College will hold its annual Founder’s Day celebration Thursday, March 6, in honor of its 174 years as a small college of national distinction.

Jeffrey L. Seglin — a Harvard lecturer, ethicist and 1978 graduate of Bethany College — will be the guest speaker.


Seglin is a Lecturer in Public Policy and Director of Communications Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  He writes the popular “The Right Thing,” a syndicated weekly column on general ethics distributed by Tribune Media. 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.

“It is an honor to have a renowned scholar back on campus as we celebrate Bethany College’s founding and our 174th anniversary as the oldest college in the state.  Jeff’s success as an ethicist is a remarkable example of what it means to be a Bethanian,” said College President Scott D. Miller.

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, WGBH's Greater Boston and more.

Seglin is an ethics fellow at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. From 1999 until 2011, Seglin was a tenured associate professor at Emerson College in Boston where he was also the director of the graduate program in publishing and writing.

He has lectured on business ethics at numerous institutions, and he hosted an hour-long live television show, “Doing Well by Doing Good,” which aired on PBS’s Richmond, Va., affiliate.

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.

Founder’s Day Convocation begins at 11 a.m. in historic Commencement Hall, with President Scott D. Miller will presiding. A wreath-laying ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Campbell Cemetery, weather permitting. The wreath will be placed at the gravesite of Alexander Campbell (1788-1866), Bethany College’s founder and first president. Guests are invited to visit the Campbell Mansion, one of Bethany’s National Historic Landmarks, following the ceremony.

Founder’s Day at Bethany College is observed on the first Thursday of March. The College received its official charter from the Legislature of Virginia March 2, 1840. The charter was affirmed June 20, 1863, by the Legislature of the newly formed state of West Virginia.

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.