Former Protective Life Corporation CEO and former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Drayton Nabors recently met with the Class of 2011 School of Business Honors Program cohort.  His topic was the importance of character, which he defined as “what you do when no one is looking.”

Nabors described the need for all business leaders to have clear purposes in their lives, as well as to have certain values.  He told the students that in his opinion the most important values for business leaders, which he labeled “virtues,”  are humility, courage and justice.  He believes that justice is closely interwoven with love, or the desiring the good for others and acting to obtain it.

Nabors is the author of the book, “The Case for Character:  Looking at Character From a Biblical Perspective.”

Nabors served as Governor Riley’s first Finance Director, after his retirement as Protective Life CEO.  He holds his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his law degree from Yale University.  He was a clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, who served on the Court from 1937 to 1971.

The School of Business Honors Program is a selective, three-semester program focusing on leadership and is directed by Assistant Professor Stephen A. Yoder, J.D.