SNHU Appoints Goldsmith to Papoutsy Chair
in Ethics and Social Responsibility



(Rye Beach and Manchester, NH)--On July 15, 2010 Christos and Mary Papoutsy hosted a luncheon meeting to welcome Dr. Michele Goldsmith as the new two-year appointee to the Christos and Mary Papoutsy Distinguished Chair in Ethics and Social Responsibility at Southern New Hampshire University.

Dr. Goldsmith is highly regarded worldwide for her contributions in science, especially in the field of primatology. As a biological anthropologist Dr. Goldsmith has been studying gorilla behavior and well-being in Africa since 1991. For her doctoral research she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to examine poorly known populations of western lowland gorillas in the Congo Basin. Later, as a National Geographic researcher, she was the first primatologist to analyze the impacts of ecotourism on mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Always interested in ethical issues surrounding conservatiion, her most recent publications explore the impacts of habituation (reducing animals' fear towards humans) for both research and tourism. Dr. Goldsmith, whose work has been featured in the media, has published many scientific articles and her edited volume, Gorilla Biology: A Multidisciplinary Approach, published by Cambridge University, is used in universities across the globe. Dr. Goldsmith joined the Department of Science at Southern New Hampshire University as an Associate Professor of Science in the fall of 2008.


Photo by Helena Parrish. The Papoutsys
welcome Dr. Michele Goldsmith, center.

The Papoutsy chair was established in 1999 by Christos and Mary Papoutsy to assist students in learning about and leading ethical professional and personal lives, drawing upon the works of ancient Greek intellectuals whose teachings have shaped the history of Western civilization from antiquity to the present. Mr. Papoutsy partly attributes his successful career in the electronics industry to the education he received at SNHU, where he earned a B.S. degree and later was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Through his keen interest in Greek history and culture, he met his wife, Mary, a classicist by training. Together the Papoutsys encourage the study of classical antiquity and Hellenism, pointing out their lasting impact upon Western development and thought.


Photo by Helena Parrish. Chris Papoutsy (left)
congratulates Dr. Bill Gillett, new Dean of the SNHU 
School of Business.

Photo by Helena Parrish. Papoutsys host luncheon:(left to right) Dr. 
Michele Goldsmith; Mary and Chris Papoutsy; Dr. Patricia Lynott, Vice
President of Academic Affairs; Dr. Bll Gillett, Dean of School of Business; Mr. Donald Brezinski, Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

One of the current goals of the Chair is to "develop state of the art theory and research in ethics." To achieve the goals of the program, the first year of the appointment, the chair-holder receives a sabbatical-type leave to conduct research. During the second year, the appointee focuses on fostering campus- and community-wide dialogue and debate about ethical practices.

The Papoutsys also congratulated and welcomed Dr. Bill Gillett, the new Dean of the School of Business at Southern New Hampshire University.

SNHU's educational philosophy challenges students' intellectual potential and prepares them for professional lives in an ever-changing and increasingly interconnected world. It provides a supportive and close-knit learning community, delivering engaging instruction in a flexible variety of formats. Students develop the knowledge to understand a complex world, the skills to act effectively within that world and the wisdom to make good choices. They do so within a community of teachers, staff and peers that is encouraged to add its scholarly, creative and pedagogical contributions to the larger good of the community.

For more information about the Papoutsy Chair or about SNHU, contact Jane Yerrington, Senior Administrative Assistant: j.yerrington@snhu.edu.


(Posting date 18 July 2010; reformatted 12 January 2011)

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