Ronald James

Adjunct Faculty, Ethics and Business Law

(651) 962-4123

Minneapolis Campus
1000 LaSalle Ave
Terrence Murphy Hall 331E
Minneapolis, MN 55403

B.A., Business Administration and Economics, Doane College

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Ron James serves as president and CEO of the Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC) at the University of St. Thomas. The center, founded in 1978, is an independent nonprofit 501(c)3 organization within the University of St. Thomas' Opus College of Business. Serving at the intersection of thought and practice leadership, the center brings together leading academic and business practitioners in the field of business ethics and provides public programs; engages in research; and builds and delivers governance and ethical leadership development programs and services.

In addition, James teaches business ethics in the graduate programs at the University of St. Thomas' Opus College of Business, and has formerly taught at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management.

James served on the advisory group of the United States Sentencing Commission from 2002-2004 with a task of reviewing the 10-year Federal Sentencing Guidelines that apply to organizations, and participated in former President Bush's Economic Summit focusing on Corporate Responsibility.

James, a frequently sought after national public speaker, was recognized by Ethisphere in its 2010 list of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics in the thought leadership category. In 2006, James was recognized by the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics, receiving one of several international awards for "pioneering in the field of applied business ethics through executive leadership training focused on developing integrity and ethical behaviors in order to improve corporate citizenship and develop corporate culture."

From 1996 to 1998, James served as president and CEO of the Human Resources Group, an international division of Ceridian Corporation. Before joining Ceridian, James had an extensive career in telecommunications and served as Minnesota's top executive officer for US West Communications Inc. (now CenturyLink), and regional vice president for US West, which included responsibilities for Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska.

James currently serves as a board member of the Best Buy Corporation, the RBC Funds (an Investment Fund of the Royal Bank of Canada), and Bremer Financial Corporation, with past affiliations on the boards of Allina Hospitals and Clinics, The St. Paul Companies, Ceridian Corporation and Automotive Industries. Civically, he serves on the Center for Healthcare Innovation affiliated with Allina Hospitals and Clinics and is retired from the board of the Greater Twin Cities United Way, having chaired its Minneapolis board in 1998 and served as campaign chair in 1992, and the Guthrie Theater, a board he chaired from 1992-1994.

James was recognized in October of 2011 by Twin Cities Business together with the National Association of Corporate Directors as a 2011 Outstanding Director and additionally for lifetime achievement in the field of corporate governance.

J-Term 2015 Courses
J-Term 2015 Courses
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Spring 2015 Courses
Spring 2015 Courses
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BETH 652 - 201 Exec. Persp. in Eth. & Compl. - - - R - - - 1800 - 2100
Description of course Exec. Persp. in Eth. & Compl. : CRN: 22823
This course will provide students with an opportunity to learn about compliance from the perspective of executives and leaders in the industry. Practicing compliance executives will discuss goals, strategies, activities and challenges associated with their business. Students will have an opportunity to relate the philosophies and techniques developed in the MSL/LLM compliance program to those presented. Through candid and in-depth conversations with participating executives, students will learn about compliance from a leadership perspective relevant to today's complex business environment. Prerequisite: LAWS730/BETH650 AND Prerequisite or concurrent registration with any one of BETH651/BETH601/BETH701.

Schedule Details

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Summer 2015 Courses
Summer 2015 Courses
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Academic and Professional Positions
  • Adjunct Instructor, University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis (2003 - present)
  • Adjunct Instructor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2004 - present)
  • President and CEO, University of St. Thomas - Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC), Minneapolis (2000 - present)
  • President and CEO, Ceridian Human Resources Group, Ceridian Corporation, Minneapolis (1996 - 1998)
  • Vice President & CEO Minnesota, US West Inc., Minneapolis (1990 - 1995)
  • Vice President & General Manager - Large Business Customers, US West Inc., Minneapolis (1987 - 1990)
  • V.P. Communications Services & Advanced Information Markets, Northwestern Bell, Minneapolis (1985 - 1986)
  • Sales, Marketing, Northwestern Bell, Minneapolis (1971 - 1984)

Professional Service
  • Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management - Business Ethics Volume,
  • Best Buy Corporation,
  • Bremer Financial Corporation,
  • Allina Hospitals and Clinics,
  • RBC Funds,
  • Travelers Foundation,

Public Service
  • The Greater Twin Cities United Way, Board Member


Books and Chapters

Research Interests
  • Ethics and Corporate Responsibility

Awards and Honors
  • Lifetime Achievement Award -Governance in Corporate and Non-Profit, Twin Cities Business Monthly and the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors, 2012
  • Outstanding Director's Award, Twin Cities Business Monthly and the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors, 2011