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Center for Legal Studies and Business Ethics to host ‘Conversations on Ethical Leadership’

Monday, February 14, 2022

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The Center for Legal Studies & Business Ethics at Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business will host “Conversations on Ethical Leadership” at the Student Union Theatre at 3 p.m. March 1 on the Stillwater campus.

Dr. Matthew M. Cooper, chief medical officer of the Medical Solutions Division and director, Global Safety for the Health Care Business Group; Jean Noonan, a partner in the Washington, D.C. law office of Hudson Cook LLP, and Major Gen. Michael C. Thompson, former Adjutant General of the Oklahoma National Guard, will be the featured speakers. These three OSU alumni will join Dr. Ken Eastman, dean of Spears Business, in a discussion about what it means to be a leader in their respective field. The event is free and students and the public are invited to attend. 

“I am looking forward to talking with these OSU alumni about what leadership and ethics mean to them,” said Eastman. “Part of the mission of Spears Business is to provide students with the opportunity to make personal connections within the business community, because these experiences will help students adapt in a rapidly changing business environment. We know that these speakers will impart wisdom that will be very beneficial to our students.”

Cooper previously served as Medical Information Director at 3M’s Health Information Systems. He is a diplomat of the American Boards of Thoracic Surgery and Surgery, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and of the Civil Aviation Medical Association (FCAMA) and an Associate Fellow of the Aerospace Medicine Association. Cooper is also a Senior Aviation Medical Examiner, expert in Aviation Physiology and a special consultant to the Federal Air Surgeon. He is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College (bachelor’s degree in mathematics and biology), New York University School of Medicine (MD) and OSU (MBA).

Noonan’s practice concentrates on consumer financial services, fair lending, privacy, and consumer protection matters. She counsels financial institutions, including national mortgage companies, credit card issuers, auto creditors, and student lenders, and others in complying with consumer protection laws related to consumer protection in credit, financial privacy, e-commerce, and unfair trade practices. In 2020, Noonan was retained by the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection to advise this federal agency on ways to strengthen and modernize consumer financial laws. She graduated from OSU with a bachelor’s degree in political science and government and received her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law.
Thompson served as the top military advisor to the Governor and commanded the Oklahoma Army and Air National Guard from November 2017 to November 2021. Before being appointed as Adjutant General, as a Citizen Soldier, Thompson had a distinguished 28-year career with the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame in 2019. A graduate of Oklahoma’s only historical black college, Langston University, Thompson also holds a master’s degree from OSU and the United States Army War College. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the United States Secret Service Executive Seminar, and the United States War College.

“The CLSBE is excited to bring these three individuals to campus, as they are all exemplars of leadership in their respective fields and all three are OSU alumni,” said Dr. Laurie Lucas, Director and Chair in Business Ethics, Center for Legal Studies & Business Ethics, and associate professor of legal studies. “We are grateful they are willing to travel to Stillwater and engage with our students about the possibilities for their lives after they leave OSU. We want to thank the friends of the center for their support in making this event possible.”

Launched in 2019, the Center for Legal Studies & Business Ethics promotes business and professional ethics and regulatory compliance through research exploring the intersections between law and business.

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