Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges

VFIC Ethics Program

Distinguished professionals serving as judges and moderators, faculty members, and students from across Virginia support the VFIC’s annual Ethics Bowl testifying to the priority that each of these individuals places on personal ethics in the workplace, classroom, and all aspects of their lives.

The Ethics Bowl program was conceptualized in 1997 by the VFIC Ethics Task Force, co-chaired by Roger Mudd, History Channel - Journalist (retired) and VFIC trustee, and Phillip Stone, President of Bridgewater College (1994-2010). The mission of the task force was to explore opportunities to involve students at the 15 VFIC colleges in the lively debate and consideration of applied ethics—real world dilemmas that affect people's lives in increasingly complex ways.

While each VFIC institution had woven ethics into the curriculum and culture of their campuses, the intent was to strengthen the focus already in place.


2020 Wells Fargo Ethics Bowl
“Ethics and Higher Education”
February 9-10, 2020
University of Lynchburg

2020 Winning Team

Virginia Wesleyan University

2020 Runner-Up Team

Hampden-Sydney College

The VFIC is seeking sponsorships to help underwrite the costs associated with hosting the Ethics Bowl event. For more information, please see the following:

As a part of the event, the VFIC will be hosting a reception and dinner for all of the Ethics Bowl participants, sponsors and guests. In 2020, the University of Lynchburg will serve as the backdrop for the event and will honor Dr. Kenneth R. Garren, University of Lynchburg President and Ethics Bowl Co-Chair. All proceeds from the dinner will be distributed in the form of scholarships for VFIC students with demonstrated financial need and academic success from the Greater Lynchburg Region. For more information on how you or your organization can support the dinner, see our 2020 Ethics Bowl Event Sponsorship Information 

Signature Sponsor
since 2002

Wells Fargo