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Tim Keane to lead Saint Louis University's new sustainability center

Saint Louis University
July 30, 2010
Tim Keane, Ph.D., has been tabbed to lead Saint Louis University's new Center for Sustainability.

An associate professor, Keane is LEED certified and was instrumental in developing the center’s unique, cross-disciplinary master of sustainability degree program launching this fall.

"As the center's founding director, I know that Tim will help SLU become one of the nation's leaders in sustainability education and research," said Manoj Patankar, Ph.D., vice president for the Frost Campus. "His expertise and leadership were invaluable in bringing the center to life."

Keane joined SLU in 2006. For the past four years, he directed the University's Emerson Ethics Center, and taught strategy and leadership in the MBA program in the John Cook School of Business.

During his tenure as director of the ethics center, Keane increased both external partnerships and funding. He also focused the center's efforts on outreach and bringing ethics education to organizations large and small.

Before coming to SLU, Keane was on the faculty at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo., where he was a Kauffman Scholar in Entrepreneurship and the founding director of that school's Center for Leadership and Ethics.

"Sustainability can be interpreted in many ways, but when you consider it from an ethics perspective, most recognize there is an urgent need to change from the irresponsible consumption and unbridled development of the past," Keane said of his move from ethics to sustainability. "Ethical businesses today have abandoned a purely short term profit-maximization model, and have begun to take actions that save our environmental resources for future generations."

Keane's research has focused largely on issues at the nexus of business and society, including publications on business ethics and public policy, and more recently on so-called "green" jobs in the new economy.

Additionally, Keane is the co-chair of the Global Sustainability Committee of the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools. Last month, he presented the committee's work on integrating sustainability into the Jesuit mission at a United Nations conference in New York.

With environmental problems often affecting the poor disproportionately, Keane said SLU's new sustainability center aligns perfectly with its Jesuit mission and identity.

"Through our center and our programs, we will educate future leaders who share our humanistic vision of sustainability,” Keane said.

Keane serves on several boards, including the Better Business Bureau where he partnered to create the BBB's annual Student of Ethics college scholarship program for outstanding high school seniors. Prior to working in higher education, Keane had a successful business career, both as an entrepreneur and corporate leader.
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