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Dr. Michael Burroughs Named New Executive Director Of CSUB Kegley Institute of Ethics

California State University, Bakersfield’s Kegley Institute of Ethics (KIE) and the Office of the Provost today announced the appointment of Dr. Michael D. Burroughs as the new KIE Executive Director. He will assume the role from the Institute’s retiring director, Dr. Christopher Meyers, in the fall.
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.
Burroughs 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,” noted 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 Dr. Jenny Zorn echoed those sentiments: “Having Dr. Burroughs on board is just what we need to continue the fantastic traditions of the Kegley Institute.  His research and teaching interests align well with needs in our community.  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.”    

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.
“Dr. Burroughs’s similarly generalist and interdisciplinary approach was part of what made him so attractive for the position,” Meyers said. “This, combined with his experience at the Rock Institute, perfectly situate him not only to sustain our excellent foundation, but also to help set in motion some of our ambitious growth plans, especially in philosophy and ethics for children.”
Burroughs said, “I am honored by this opportunity and am excited to collaborate with the CSU Bakersfield community, both on and beyond campus, to continue to develop and expand the well-established traditions of ethics education and outreach at the Kegley Institute of Ethics. As incoming Director of the Kegley Institute, I see tremendous potential in what we can accomplish together, and I look forward to leading and building this important work.”
KIE’s Board of Governors played an extensive role in the hiring process, interviewing all the finalists and eventually voting – unanimously -- for Burroughs. KIE Board Chair Joe Drew said, “Dr. Burroughs is simply the right person at the right time for the position of KIE Director. He was impressive in all aspects of the selection process. The KIE Board and I are excited to have him join this fine Institute and California State University, Bakersfield.”
In addition to his role as KIE’s Director, 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).
Dr. Steven Gamboa, Chair of CSU Bakersfield’s Philosophy and Religious Studies Department, also noted his and the department’s excitement: "The Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies at CSU Bakersfield is very pleased to welcome Dr. Michael Burroughs as a new assistant professor of Philosophy. He brings amazing new opportunities for our students and the entire CSU Bakersfield community."  
Meyers will continue in a part-time capacity through December to help manage the transition. He can be reached for additional information at

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