Supporting the Moral and Ethical Pillar at The Citadel

This fall, five members of the Institute for Global Ethics’ staff visited The Citadel to present two train-the-trainer workshops as part of a four-year campus-wide ethics initiative. These trainings were the second round of workshops IGE has presented at The Citadel; the first, in 2012, certified over 25 individuals to provide IGE’s Ethical Fitness® Seminar for Citadel Cadets. Together with the fourteen trained this month, almost forty certified IGE trainers will be working to promote Ethical Fitness® as part of The Citadel’s leader development curriculum.

“The newly certified trainers are an integral part of The Citadel’s initiative and are positioned to make a lasting impact on Cadet development,” explains IGE President and CEO, Anthony J. Gray. “To enhance relevance and learning for their students these trainers will help to identify, capture, and share examples of Honor, Duty, and Respect; The Citadel’s core values in action.”

Reflecting on the fall trainings, lead trainer Cheryl LeBlond shares, “Articulating ethical behavior, in any environment, can be challenging. The Citadel has clearly defined values. Through the process of Ethical Fitness® the workshop attendees identified how they observe ethical thinking within their environment. Incorporating this practice into their leader development curriculum will be invaluable to their mission of developing principled leaders."

The Citadel, a military college in South Carolina, was founded in 1842, and is one of the six Senior Military Colleges in the United States. The Citadel Experience is comprised of four pillars- academics, military, physical effectiveness, and moral/ethical. The Citadel has also fully implemented a four-year initiative called the E-Leadership Portfolio which was awarded the 2014 CHEA Award. This initiative aims to assess the leadership and general education learning outcomes of undergraduate students, measuring their growth over their time at The Citadel.

“The principles provided by IGE are a core part of the Ethics in Action Quality Enhancement Plan and Moral/Ethical Pillar at The Citadel,” said Dr. Tara Hornor, Associate Provost for Planning, Assessment, and Evaluation & Dean of Enrollment Management, who heads up the campus-wide Ethics in Action initiative. “Giving our cadets the necessary tools to identify and resolve ethical dilemmas helps The Citadel achieve its mission to educate and develop principled leaders.”

About IGE: Founded in 1990 with offices in New York City, Camden, Maine and headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin the Institute for Global Ethics in is an independent, nonsectarian, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to promoting ethical action in a global context ( ).

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