The first major commitments to the Institute were acknowledged in 1997 when business and corporate leaders established a $500,000 endowment to be used to provide public programming at the Institute. In 1998, the Institute was officially designated the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership. The Institute was begun in 1999.
As a values-based institution, the university commits itself to developing a distinctive national reputation for designing undergraduate and graduate curricula emphasizing moral and ethical issues. Viterbo is one of the few universities in the U.S. that has curricula in which every class has a moral or value component which emphasizes the ethical issues relative to the particular subject matter of that course. Development of the critical intellect within an ethical framework in every academic discipline is unique.
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