|Meet the Director|
Michele Simms is Professor in Management and Marketing and the Cullen Endowed Chair and Director of the Center for Business Ethics. She has 23 years of experience as faculty in traditional and non-traditional healthcare, communication and business school programs and nine years as a clinical specialist in adult, pediatric and neonatal cardiac/respiratory care at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Before moving to Houston in 1999, she worked thirteen years as a process consultant in executive and leadership development with profit and non-profit organizations in business, healthcare and education.
Dr. Simms also served as interim director in two academic positions in the 1990s. She developed and launched the Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution at Wayne State University, a position that involved faculty and program development in the schools of business, law, political science and communication. Her appointment at the Michigan Public Health Leadership Institute involved program design and mentoring of Institute participants comprised of physicians, nurses, healthcare administrators and faculty affiliated with the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. She served as co-director (2008-2010) and director (2010-2011) of the University of St. Thomas Center for Faculty Development.
Dr. Simms is the recipient of several teaching awards and published in the areas of teaching ethics, workplace privacy, human rights practices and corporate humanism, creating sustainable business-public health partnerships, bioethics/terrorism and corporate social responsibility. As part of her commitment to community service, Dr. Simms serves as a board member for the AMOM Foundation and United4Change, two non-profit organizations started by students in her MBA ethics class.
Given her interdisciplinary background, Dr. Simms is committed to co-creating a Center for Business Ethics with her students, colleagues at UST and with the Houston business community. The CBE’s graduate Business Ethics Society supports the Amom Foundation as its signature program of service in keeping with the University’s mission to educate leaders of faith and character, the Center’s mission to manifest ethics in all things and the belief that business serves society.