The Prince-Chavanne Distinguished Lecture Series

Lisa Simon The Dunham College of Business hosts the Prince-Chavanne Distinguished Lecture annually. Speakers focus on the role of Christian ethics in business. These lectures are open to the entire University community; additional events are provided solely for Dunham College of Business students.

The Prince-Chavanne Chair in Ethics was funded by a generous gift from Harry and Hazel Chavanne, who endowed the Prince-Chavanne Professorship in appreciation of the Christian example their parents set in business and life.

Lisa Simon is chairman of Morris Strategic Investments and president of the Joella and Stewart Morris Foundation. She graduated with a BA from HBU with degrees in Math, Art and Education. Simon’s broad and consistent support for HBU includes serving as a member of the HBU Board of Trustees and chairing the school’s 50thanniversary Gala in 2010 with her husband, Jerry. Additionally, Lisa has supported HBU’s Museums, is a member of The Guild, and has furthered the University in numerous ways through her involvement. Outside of HBU, Lisa has served on boards and in organizations in Houston and beyond. She has backed causes including faith, health, women’s well-being, business, historical preservation, the arts, and international relations. For Lisa, success is measured by the quality of one’s service and the relationship to the community in which one lives and works. Lisa is the daughter of HBU founding father, Dr. Stewart Morris, Sr., and Joella Morris.


Past speakers have included:

2019
Lisa Simon,
Chairman of Morris Strategic Investments and President of the Joella and Stewart Morris Foundation.
2018
Mike DeVito, MA’18
Retired NFL Player
2017
Joe Zimmerman
Mayor of Sugar Land
2016
Matthew Morris
CEO of Stewart Information Services
Tadd Tellepsen
President of Tellepsen Corporation
Ernest Cockrell
Executive Managing Director of Pinto Realty Partners
2015
Archie W. Dunham
Chesapeake Energy
2013
John W. Gibson Jr.
Tervita Corporation
2012
Steve Green
Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.
2011
Drayton McLane
The McLane Group, L.P.
2010
Ralph “Skip” McBride
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
2009
Terry Looper
Texon Corporation
2008
Jeff Reeter
Northwestern Mutual Texas Financial
2007
Dan Cathy
Chick-fil-a, Inc.
2006
Dr. James M. Tour
Rice University
2005
Dr. Richard S. Lytle
Abilene Christian University
2004
Dr. L. Murphy Smith
Texas A&M University
2003
Dr. O.C. Ferrell
Colorado State University
2002
Dr. Debbie T. McAlister
Southwest Texas State University
2001
Dr. Donald P. Robin
Wake Forest University
2000
Dr. Charles S. Madden
Baylor University
1999
Dr. Archie B. Carroll
University of Georgia
1998
Dr. Oliver F. Williams
University of Notre Dame
1997
Dr. Scott B. Rae
Biola University, La Mirada, CA
1996
Dr. Richard O. Mason
Southern Methodist University
1995
Dr. William F. May
Southern Methodist University
1994
Dr. Allen D. Verhey
Texas Medical Center
1993
Dr. David Newell
Washington College
1992
Kirk O. Hanson
Stanford University
1991
Dr. Michael Rion
Resources for Ethics and Management
1990
Dr. Stanley Hauerwas
Duke University
1989
Dr. William M. Tillman, Jr.
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
1988
Dr. William F. May
Southern Methodist University
1987
Dr. Richard Chewning
Baylor University
1986
Dr. Ott Betz
Rice University
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