CLEMSON – Clemson University’s Rutland Institute for Ethics has opened nominations for its fourth annual James F. Barker Ethics in Action Award.

The award recognizes and celebrates action that exemplifies integrity and, in a continuing and constructive way, encourages commitment to ethical conduct and the value of integrity. Nominations will be accepted until Aug. 20 through the Rutland Institute’s website at

Recipients are recognized for actions and significant accomplishments that reveal a deep and sustained commitment to ethical conduct and the value of integrity. Nominations should include a narrative description of the actions and accomplishments that prompt the nomination and be supported by independent references.

The award recipient will be announced in September.

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.

Barker himself received the inaugural Ethics in Action Award in 2014. Scott T. Dishman of The Family Effect received the distinction in 2015 and Greenville community leader and volunteer Minor Shaw received it last year.

Questions relating to nominating may be directed to John Wareham, Rutland Institute assistant director, or 864-656-2473.


Rutland Institute for Ethics
Named for Robert J. Rutland, the Rutland Institute for Ethics at Clemson University was created to encourage discussion on campus, in businesses and in the community about how ethical decision-making can be the basis of both personal and professional success. For more information about the Rutland Institute, its programs and impacts, visit