CLEMSON – Clemson University’s Rutland Institute for Ethics has opened nominations for its annual James F. Barker Ethics in Action Award. This prestigious award recognizes and celebrates a special individual’s actions that exemplify integrity and, in a continuing and constructive way, encourage commitment to ethical conduct and the value of integrity.

Nominations will be accepted until 5 p.m. July 22 on the Rutland Institute’s website at or through an online nomination form available at

“We are seeking nominations statewide and encourage individuals, businesses and civic leaders throughout South Carolina to recognize one of their own with this special distinction,” said Daniel E. Wueste, director of the Rutland Institute for Ethics.

Recipients will be recognized for actions and significant accomplishments that reveal a deep and sustained commitment to ethical conduct and the value of integrity. The winner will be selected in August.

In 2014, the Rutland Institute for Ethics Advisory Board decided to name the institute’s highest honor after James F. Barker, the 14th president of Clemson University, in recognition of the ways he exemplified integrity, thereby bringing ethics into focus in the best possible way: by living it. The James F. Barker Ethics in Action Award is an ongoing and constructive way to recognize and encourage commitment to ethical conduct and the value of integrity.

Barker himself received the inaugural Ethics in Action Award in 2014 and Scott T. Dishman of The Family Effect received the distinction in 2015. The Ethics in Action Award was bestowed its own honor, the Mercury Award of Excellence, by the South Carolina chapter of the Public Relations Society of America in April 2016.

Details of the nomination process are listed here. Specific questions relating to nominating may be directed to John Wareham, assistant director, or 864-656-2473.


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