Nabors_Picture_2012Former Alabama Chief Justice and Protective Life CEO Drayton Nabers, Jr. met with undergraduate honors students in a class on leadership on March 26, 2012. Nabers’s topic was ethics for business leaders.

Mr. Nabers distilled his approach to ethical decision-making by referencing the writings of the Roman philosopher Cicero, who said that there are two main forces in everyone’s lives: the beneficial and the honorable. Cicero believed that leaders must always be guided by the second force, which directs us to attend to our moral worth rather than to our personal happiness.

Nabers, who received his undergraduate degree in religion from Princeton University and his law degree from Yale University, met with students in BUS 300, Introduction to Leadership, which is the first of three courses in the School of Business Honors Program. Students in the course will graduate in 2013. The course is taught by honors program director Stephen Yoder, J.D.

The School of Business Honors Program is a selective program for high-achieving undergraduates interested in business leadership.

Two members of the Class of 2013 cohort of the School of Business Honors Program are currently working, or will be working, at Protective Life before their graduation:  Jayne Ivy, an accounting and information systems major who is working in the business intelligence area at Protective, and Jay Knight, an accounting major who will be working in internal audit.

[Pictured left to right: Jayne Ivy, Mr. Nabers and Jay Knight]