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First Dorsett Fellow to visit

Posted 10/03/03, by Tamara Steinert

Tom's of Maine founder will speak, teach seminars

Tom Chappell

This fall, Tom Chappell, founder of the "Tom's of Maine" line of products, will be the first recipient of a new ethics fellowship named in honor of Dartmouth alumnus Burt Dorsett '53.

As the first-ever Dorsett-Cottrell Fellow in Applied and Professional Ethics, Chappell will be in residence at Dartmouth from Tuesday, Oct. 14, through Friday, Oct. 17, and from Monday, Nov. 10, through Thursday, Nov. 13. He will meet with small groups of students and faculty members and offer an abbreviated version of the ethical leadership program that he teaches at the Saltwater Institute in Maine. Also on the agenda is "Leading with Values," a free public lecture at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in 105 Dartmouth.

Unlike many ethics fellowships, the emphasis of the Dorsett-Cottrell program is an emphasis on both the practice of ethics as well as the theory, according to Aine Donovan, executive director of the College's Ethics Institute, which will host Chappell.

"One of the goals of the program is to encourage students to think about the ethical issues they might face down the road in their work lives," she said. Chappell and future fellows are selected by the Ethics Institute's Faculty Advisory Board.

In 1968, Chappell left the corporate world and moved to Kennebunk, Maine, with his wife and five children. His interest in environmentally sound products led him to found Tom's of Maine in 1970. The company now produces more than 100 natural personal care products and has been recognized widely for providing a caring and creative work environment.

The company's success has earned Chappell broad recognition in the business community, including being named 1991 Entrepreneur of the Year by CNBC. Working Mother magazine listed Tom's of Maine as one of the top 100 companies in the United States for working mothers; the company was also named one of the 10 healthiest companies by Health magazine. In 1992 Tom's of Maine received the prestigious Corporate Conscience Award for Charitable Contributions from the Council on Economic Priorities. The following year Chappell and his wife were honored with the New England Environmental Leadership Award and the Governor's Award for Business Excellence.

Chappell has written about operating a profitable business in a socially and environmentally responsible manner in his two books, The Soul of a Business: Managing for Profit and the Common Good and Managing Upside Down: The Seven Intentions for Values-Centered Leadership. He also is founder of the not-for-profit Saltwater Institute, which researches, develops and markets experience-based learning models for use in values-centered organizations.

The Dorsett-Cottrell Fellowship was established in 2001 by Research Technologies Corp. (RTC) and the Frederick Gardner Cottrell Foundation. The award is named, in part, for Burt Dorsett, who was a founding board member at RTC. Upon his retirement from RTC, the company chose to honor him with creation of the fellowship. The aim of the program is to allow students the opportunity to meet and learn from distinguished scholars or practitioners of professional ethics.

Ronald M. Green, Director of the Ethics Institute, heralds the program, saying it will "greatly enhance" Dartmouth's reputation as a center for teaching and research on ethics.

- By Tamara  Steinert

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