CLEMSON, South Carolina — William C. McCoy of Dekalb, Illinois, has joined Clemson University as director of the Robert J. Rutland Institute for Ethics.

“After a national search, I am very excited that Bill McCoy has joined our Clemson family, and I have no doubt that his leadership and passion for ethics will benefit the Rutland Institute for Ethics as it moves forward,” said John Griffin, Clemson’s associate provost and dean of Undergraduate Studies.

William C. McCoy

William C. McCoy

McCoy will oversee the institute’s operations and collaborate with partners in academia and the private sector, encouraging ethics discussion on campus, in business and in the community. He also will strategize ways to make the institute fiscally self-reliant and increase individual, corporate and community partnerships to realize this vision. His responsibilities include personnel and budget management, program development, outreach, assessment and aligning the institute with goals of the university and its ClemsonForward strategic plan.

“I look forward to increasing awareness of the institute throughout the university and the region, as well as strengthening the foundation of the institute itself,” McCoy said. “The institute will push ethical decision-making to the forefront of Clemson Tiger education, and I look forward to working with all faculty, students and staff members to make that happen.”

Previously, McCoy was director of ethics education and diversity initiatives for the College of Business at Northern Illinois University (NIU). He advised a student ethics organization and served as chair of the Interdepartmental Faculty for Ethics Committee and the BELIEF (Building Ethical Leaders using an Integrated Ethics Framework) corporate advisory board. He also served as liaison between the College of Business and NIU’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

McCoy has a bachelor’s degree in English from Northern Illinois University, a master’s degree in continuing and vocational education from University of Wisconsin–Madison, and a doctoral degree in educational administration from Edgewood College.

Previously, in the nonprofit sector, he served as vice president of the Center for Sight and Hearing in Rockford, Illinois, an organization assisting hearing- and vision- impaired individuals. In the corporate sector, he was manager of management development and corporate quality for Wisconsin Physicians Service, one of the largest Medicare Part B providers in the nation. McCoy also was the first managing director for INROADS/Oklahoma, an organization that trains and develops minority talent and prepares them for corporate and community leadership.

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