Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

StFX Names Inaugural Dr. John T. Sears Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility

May 30th, 2018
Dr. Brad Long - Chair, John T. Sears In Corporate Social Responsibility

StFX has announced the first Dr. John T. Sears Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility, a new faculty position that will strengthen teaching and research in this important field of study.

Dr. Brad Long has been appointed to the position following a national search. Dr. Long is an Associate Professor of Management in StFX’s Gerald Schwartz School of Business and the current chair of the school’s Department of Business Administration.  He specializes in the fields of business ethics and leadership.  

“It’s a tremendous honour to be the inaugural chair holder,” said Dr. Long. “I’m excited to be focusing on corporate social responsibility in a business context, and to build new learning opportunities that show this field is an integral, core aspect of business knowledge.”

Corporate social responsibility examines how businesses and institutions contribute to the well-being of their communities at large. As the Dr. John T. Sears Chair, Dr. Long will create new teaching and research opportunities that further understanding of corporate social responsibility and help cultivate the next generation of globally responsible managers.

“The purpose of business is to improve the human condition and strengthen community,” he said. “It’s inconsistent for a business to be wealthy but for its community and environment to be impoverished. A healthy economy and a healthy society are all interrelated. You can’t have one without the other.”

HONOURING A DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR

The new chair was named in honour of Dr. John T. Sears, the distinguished alumnus, professor, administrator, community leader and mentor. A 1952 graduate, Dr. Sears returned to StFX as a business professor before later serving terms as dean of arts, dean of science and two appointments as academic vice-president. In 2002, StFX awarded Dr. Sears an honorary degree.

The chair is made possible through a generous $3 million endowment from John and Adrienne Peacock, both members of the StFX Class of 1963. Mr. Peacock was a student of Dr. Sears.

“When I think of my learning experience at StFX, there is one clear standout professor who made a great impression on me. That was Johnny Sears,” said Mr. Peacock, explaining his family’s decision to name the chair in Dr. Sears’ honour.

“Johnny Sears served StFX well and was a tremendous supporter of the wider Antigonish community,” said Dr. Tim Hynes, Dean of the Gerald Schwartz School of Business. “It’s fitting this chair is named in his honour, and fitting that Dr. Long – with his expertise in leadership and business ethics – holds the position.”

NEW OPPORTUNITIES

The new chair position will strengthen links between the Schwartz School of Business and other sustainability-related fields at StFX, such as development studies, the Coady International Institute and StFX’s new Climate and Environment program. It will also allow for programs that foster experiential student learning, such as field trips, guest lectures and research partnerships.

Dr. Long begins his new position on July 1.

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