Ethical Leadership - The experience of JCU's 3rd IBD cohort

Father Niehoff, President - John Carroll University

1.      Can you discuss the role of ethical decision-making in a Jesuit environment?

We have substantially increased the amount of aid that we give to students during my tenure here. Financially, it puts more of a burden on the school, but it is the right thing to do. We have to make ourselves as accessible as we can.

2.      What are some ethical challenges that arise when being a leader of a Jesuit institution?

There is a Chinese curse that says: "May you live in interesting times." When I became leader of the organization six years ago, it was right before the school began to experience some challenges. The necessity to lay off some employees, while at the same time giving raises to other employees to retain our talent is a challenging ethical matter indeed.

3.      What are the guiding principles that you use when faced with ethical challenges?

The well being of others is the central to what we are doing.

4.      How would you guide faculty and students in an ethical direction in the Jesuit tradition?

Being a Jesuit has allowed me to enjoy a wide range of experiences. I've served at non-profits, I've served for the church, I've served at high schools, and I've served at colleges. These opportunities have given me a wide base of experiences to reflect upon as I guide the members of this institution.