Wake Forest University receives $1 million gift from BellSouth

Wake Forest University has received a $1 million gift from BellSouth Corporation to endow the J. Tylee Wilson Chair in Business Ethics in the Calloway School of Business and Accountancy.

BellSouth presented the gift to Wake Forest in recognition of Wilson’s service on the BellSouth Board of Directors. Wilson, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., designated the university to receive the gift, made possible through the BellSouth Non-Employee Directors Charitable Contributions Program. He served on BellSouth’s board from 1985 to 2000.

Wilson established the J. Tylee Wilson Chair in Business Ethics at Wake Forest in 1992. A retired chairman and chief executive officer of RJR Nabisco Inc., Wilson served two terms on the Wake Forest Board of Trustees in the 1990s before being elected a life trustee in the spring of this year.

Donald P. Robin has held the chair since joining Wake Forest’s Calloway School in 1997. Robin, whose research focuses on business ethics, teaches courses in business ethics and marketing research. He is the author of dozens of academic articles and five books, including a book published in 2000, “Questions and Answers about Business Ethics: Running an Ethical and Successful Business.”

“I am extremely grateful to BellSouth for this generous gift,” said Jack E. Wilkerson, dean of the Calloway School. “This gift assures that ethics considerations continue to have a prominent role in the Calloway School curriculum and courses.”

“Our objective is that every one of our graduates possesses a deep awareness of and sensitivity to ethical issues,” Wilkerson added. “Don Robin has been, and will continue to be, instrumental in our thinking on how to accomplish this objective.”

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