Clarence Walton as Academic CEO: A Fine Mind on a Fine Line

  • William J. Byron
Part of the Issues in Business Ethics book series (IBET, volume 11)


This essay will be organized around themes available to readers of two books: The Moral Manager, by Clarence C. Walton (xcBallinger, 1988), and The Catholic University of America: A Centennial History, by former CUA provost C. Joseph Nuesse (xcCUA Press, 1990). Walton, widely regarded as the model of a “moral manager,” put his fine mind on the fine line of the presidency of The Catholic University of America in 1969, and served that institution, which is chartered by both the Vatican and the Congress of the United States, and sponsored from the beginning by the American Catholic hierarchy, for 9 years. He was CUA’s tenth president, the first lay person to hold that position.


Ethical Leadership Academic Freedom Fine Line Centennial History Moral Manager 
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  1. 1.
    C. Joseph Neusse, The Catholic University of America: A Centennial History, 392–93.Google Scholar
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    Ibid., 407.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Ibid., 408.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    John Gardner, quoted in the Wall Street Journal, 26 November 1968, 20.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Neusse, 410.Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Ibid., 442.Google Scholar

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • William J. Byron
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  1. 1.Georgetown University CommunityUSA
  2. 2.Catholic UniversityUSA

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