New executive director named for CSUB Kegley Institute of Ethics
April 14, 2017
• Michael Burroughs to succeed Christopher Meyers
• “Burroughs was the clear standout from an extraordinary pool of candidates”
Michael Burroughs has been hired as the new executive director of the Kegley Institute of Ethics at California State University, Bakersfield.
He will assume the role from the Institute’s retiring director, Christopher Meyers, in the fall.
Mr, Burroughs is currently the associate director at Pennsylvania State University’s Rock Ethics Institute, one of the leading ethics centers in the country, as well as senior lecturer in philosophy and affiliate faculty in Penn State’s College of Education.
He also is vice president of the Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization, a national nonprofit organization that supports dialogical and philosophical education opportunities in preschool to grade 12 classrooms. He received his doctorate in 2012 from the University of Memphis, with specializations in ethics education, community engaged philosophy, philosophy for children, and philosophy of education.
“Dr. Burroughs was the clear standout from an extraordinary pool of candidates,” says Mr. Meyers. “The Institute’s Board, Associates, and staff could not be happier to have landed someone of his caliber.”
CSU Bakersfield’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jenny Zorn praised Mr. Burroughs’ research and teaching interests.
“His passion and energy were absolutely palpable. We could not be more pleased with how this national search has turned out, and we are ready to take this Institute to the next level,” she says.
The Kegley Institute of Ethics, founded in 1986, is CSU Bakersfield’s oldest campus center. The recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in 2011, the Institute is nationally recognized for its lecture series, ethics education, and consulting initiatives on campus and in the community.
Its founding members determined from the outset that it would have a generalist approach, exploring ethical issues in a wide range of disciplines and professions. Although this approach is now the norm, it was cutting edge at the time, with most centers focusing on such specializations as health care, business, or the law.
In addition to his role as KIE’s director, Mr. Burroughs is being appointed as an assistant professor in the CSU Bakersfield Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, where he will teach courses in practical and professional ethics and in philosophy of education.
He is the author or co-author of over a dozen scholarly publications, including several articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Ethics and Education, Episteme, and Critical Philosophy of Race, and a recent book, Philosophy in Education: Questioning and Dialogue in Schools (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016).
Mr. Meyers will continue in a part-time capacity through December to help manage the transition.