Ethical Leadership Award and Celebration

Call for Nominations
2020 Ethical Leadership Award

A combined project of the Fresno State Ethics Center and the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Goal: To inspire a passion for stewardship and ethical leadership in Fresno State students


  • The awardee should have substantial accomplishments of excellence in ethical leadership, stewardship, entrepreneurial innovation, and community engagement.  But the awardee need not be at the end of his/her career.
  • The awardee should have some tangible connection with Fresno, Fresno State, and the Central Valley, and the experience of diverse students at Fresno State.  But the awardee need not be a Fresno State Alum or a resident of the Central Valley.
  • The awardee should have a demonstrated ability to communicate a vision of ethics, leadership, and stewardship and be able to inspire our diverse students in concrete ways.

Past Honorees:

  • 2017: Richard Johanson, Chairman emeritus of the Fresno Business Council and Founder of Johanson Transportation
  • 2018: Jim Boren, former editor of the Fresno Bee and journalism professor at Fresno State
  • 2019: Luis Santana, Founding Director of Reading and Beyond, a non-profit dedicated to serving children and families 

To make a nomination (or self-nomination) follow this link: 

Nomination deadline: December 1, 2019


2019 Celebration of Ethical Leadership

Celebration of Ethical Leadership is presented by the Ethics Center in partnership with Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Better Business Bureau® Serving Central California & Inland Empire Counties. 

Sponsored by the Leon S. Peters Foundation.

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