Virginia Students to Deliberate “Ethics and the Family” Top Business & Community Leaders to Judge Student Team Arguments

Marymount University will host the 16th annual statewide collegiate Ethics Bowl on February 8-9, 2015. The event is sponsored by The Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) and Wells Fargo.

Serving as co-chairs for the event are Roger Mudd, author and former journalist for CBS and The History Channel, and Ken Garren, President of Lynchburg College. The theme of the 2015 Wells Fargo Ethics Bowl is Ethics and the Family. Student teams from 14 of Virginia’s leading independent colleges and universities will participate in the competition and debate a variety of case studies highlighting potential ethical dilemmas in family relationships.

The two-day event is made possible by Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo (and predecessor Wachovia) has been the primary sponsor of the Ethics Bowl since 2002.

Teams of three to five students from the 14 VFIC colleges will be paired in head-to- head competition that will be judged by panels of distinguished leaders from across Virginia and Maryland. Many notables from the business sector, law, education, finance, journalism and other fields will listen to team presentations and offer reactions to students’ presentations.

The Ethics Bowl program will commence with an opening session on Sunday, February 8 at 2:30 p.m. at Marymount University’s Rowley Hall, with the first round of matches scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in various classrooms throughout Rowley Hall. On Monday, February 9, rounds three and four will begin at 8:45 a.m. The final round of competition will take place at 11:15 a.m. in the Reinsch Library Auditorium. The public is invited to attend these sessions free of charge. The winning team will be announced at 12:30 p.m. on Monday. The team from Hollins University took home the Batten Trophy at the 2014 Ethics Bowl. 

Founded in 1952, the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges is a nonprofit fund- raising partnership supporting the programs and students of 15 leading independent colleges in the Commonwealth: Bridgewater College, Emory & Henry College, Hampden-Sydney College, Hollins University, Lynchburg College, Mary Baldwin College, Marymount University, Randolph College, Randolph-Macon College, Roanoke College, Shenandoah University, Sweet Briar College, University of Richmond, Virginia Wesleyan College and Washington & Lee University. For additional information on the VFIC, visit