College Ethics Symposium
College Ethics Symposium

Roland King - 2020 Symposium   Chairman


Roland is a native of New Orleans who moved to the Low Country from Detroit with wife Patty shortly after his retirement.  In truth, he didn’t retire he just moved from compensated positions to a host of volunteer activities.


King’s career in human resources consists of several high profile positions in international operations, executive staffing, college relations, and employee relations. Since his early days in Corporate America, he has led both people and projects. Roland has represented his company on 5 continents traveling extensively to Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Far East. He has the distinction of having circumnavigated the globe on a six-week business trip while visiting with employees of the company’s foreign affiliates and subsidiaries’ and meeting with local country personnel. 


King’s strong affinity for the education of young people led him to become a volunteer mentor in the Detroit public school system.  He continued to pursue those mentoring duties upon arrival in the Beaufort County school system. He has served on several boards in academia, government, and spiritually-based groups. Roland has been active as a Sunday school teacher and director. He also served as a consultant to a Christian academy in the inner city of Detroit.


King possesses a bachelor’s degree from Southern University (Baton Rouge, La.), pursued graduate studies at Louisiana State University (LSU) and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program. He served two terms as President of the Harvard Business School Alumni Association of Detroit, one of the largest such alumni groups of the graduate school. He was a member of several honor societies and one Greek-letter fraternity. He is recognized as an effective speaker/presenter.


Roland lives in Bluffton with wife Patty. His one son and daughter-in-law live in the Atlanta area with Roland’s only grandson.


42nd Annual College Ethics Symposium is now history!!!


Dear Student/Faculty Member: 

The 42nd annual College Ethics Symposium was a delightful success. You'll be able to review shortly pictures under our 2019 photo gallery to sense the excitement. 

We're already in the planning process for CES 43. Stay tuned to this WEB site for more informtion. The dates will be October 15, 16 and 1/2 day on October 17. Mark those dates now on your calendar. 

We limit the number of students to 100 and utilize a first registered, first accepted process. We encourage junior or senior students and a faculty member from each institution.  All colleges and universities are eligible to attend.

The mission of the Ethics Symposium Committee is “To foster ethical decision making by utilizing Christian as well as other faith’s moral values.” We are respectful of the principals and values of other faiths and take care to encourage everyone to express their opinions.

It’s not all work and no play.  The first thing on the agenda is a time for the students and faculty to meet each other via a beach party held on Thursday afternoon. You’ll stay in guest homes on the Island and on Thursday evening you’ll be a part of lively dinner/ discussion with not only your host but other students.

Students from the various Colleges/Universities are broken into small groups, where they have an opportunity to discuss current ethical issues facing each of us today and especially students entering the workplace for the first time. Experienced facilitators help in that process.  Faculty members have their own programs.

Friday has a wide variety of activities. Our committee is now working on a combination of ideas from previous students and faculty, plus some new twists offered by our committee.

Friday evening we invite your hosts to join us for dinner. This is always followed by a program that we hope you can't experience at other places. This year we were proud to have David Lauderdale as our guest speaker. Mr. Lauderdale shred his incites into ethics within the news industry. A delightful evening. Pictures will be posted shortly on our Photo Gallery  David has been a prominent fixture within the Hilton Head Island community for many years. He is the Senior Editor and Columnist for the Island Packet and Beaufort Gazett.  

We're looking forward to announcing our speaker for CES 43 shortly. 

The Ethics Symposium Committee takes care of all expenses once you have arrived on the Island. For registration information contact Steve Miller 



"The time is always right to do what is right"

                                                     Martin Luther King Jr. 




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