Ashland University Professors Selected to Attend PathNorth Event

11/18/11 ASHLAND, OH -- Two Ashland University professors and a member of the Ashland University board of trustees were selected to attend the first PathNorth Non-Obvious Dinner at the residence of the Swiss Ambassador to the United States in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 7.

Tom Harvey, founder and director of the Eagle Investment Group and associate professor of finance, and Dr. Peter Schramm, executive director of the Ashbrook Center and professor of political science, as well as Lee Reineke, CEO of Americarb Inc. of Ashland and a member of the Ashland University Board of Trustees, attended the event.

PathNorth is a non-profit organization that offers unique gatherings to help leaders identify practical approaches to meet important responsibilities. The goal is to encourage senior executives to acquire skills needed to meet this challenge with distinction and to pass their knowledge and experience on to others.

“The invitation described the event as a total of 80 accomplished leaders drawn from the highest levels of business and finance, diplomacy and government, media and the arts, gathered to propose creative and non-obvious solutions to various challenges facing our world,” Harvey said. “We were there to explore ideas that will solve problems and challenges facing the United States and the world.”

At dinner, the participants who represented the different segments of society presented their thoughts.

“I talked about our concentration of teaching finance and ethics to the future leaders of the financial services industry to avoid another stock market crash like we saw in 2008 and 2009,” Harvey said. “Each table then selected one person to present the idea to the entire group, and I was fortunate to be chosen by the people at my table.”

Harvey’s presentation also touched on how the Gordon E. Heffern Institute for Contemporary Financial Studies at Ashland University allows students in its Eagle Investment Group to manage $1 million of university endowment. “Our students are responsible for research, presentation, challenge and defense and their decisions are based on rigorous review and debate, primarily on the basis of being prudent and responsible, that is, ethically,” he said.

Harvey said that former Sen. Don Riegle of Michigan indicated that he would like to get involved in the promotion of the idea of “teaching and doing ethics” and, as a result, Harvey invited him to campus to have further conversations.

Schramm’s idea dealt with the Master of American History and Government Program at Ashland University.

The teachers who are MAHG students learn from the best scholars in the country and have an unrivaled understanding and appreciation of America, Schramm said. These teachers go back to their classrooms renewed and rejuvenated, ready to teach their students from primary sources like the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, which students may have never been exposed to before, he added.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2012, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.