In March, BB&T presented North Georgia with a gift of $1 million to establish the BB&T Center for Ethical Business Leadership. The center will begin operation this fall under the direction of COL Mike D. Pyott, formerly the professor of military science for North Georgia.
Pyott spoke about the goals and plans that have been made to help the center reach status as an invaluable resource to North Georgia and to the community.
“After several meetings with the BB&T Center Advisory Board, we have developed a plan of action that will include web-based resources in the first year of operation,” Pyott said. “As we strengthen the center’s role, it will become a business ethics resource for students, faculty, and the community. We will establish a baseline with North Georgia’s excellent values—which mirror BB&T’s—and spread those values throughout the region.”
Jimmy Faulkner, chairman of the BB&T Center Advisory Board and member of the BB&T Board of Directors, stated that the matching set of values was one very important reason why BB&T partnered with North Georgia to create the center.
“The value systems of BB&T and North Georgia are a natural fit, considering that they are nearly identical,” Faulkner said. “BB&T holds ethical conduct as a critical component of everything we do, and North Georgia’s matching belief will help us deliver that value system to the students, faculty, community, and region.”
The vision held by Pyott and the advisory board includes presentations and consultations offered through the center by experts in the university.
“We want regional businesses to have access to the subject-matter experts we have on campus,” Pyott said. “Another goal is to have round-table discussions and case-studies from business leaders so that our students and community members may learn sound business ethics from concrete examples.