As his first official appointment as the interim executive director for the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Dr. Scott Moore named Dr. Andrew Fiala the first ethicist in residence at the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Fiala, the chair of the Philosophy Department at Fresno State, will establish programming to engage the community in areas such as business and professional ethics, stewardship and citizenship.

In 2007, Fiala was named director of Fresno State’s Ethics Center. He holds degrees from the UCLA, Long Beach State and Vanderbilt.  He is the author of a number of books and articles on ethics, war and peace, religion and political philosophy, including last year’s “The Peace of Nature and the Nature of Peace.” As the director of the Ethics Center, Fiala also writes a weekly column on religion and ethics for The Fresno Bee.

Fiala said he views this appointment as an opportunity to raise Fresno State’s stature as a focal point for ethics and leadership.

“Fresno State has a responsibility to teach students to be good citizens, productive contributors to the economy, good stewards of the ecosystem and ethical leaders,” Fiala said. “The Ethics Center has a commitment to research and teach about ethics. I hope that we can build a strong and ongoing relationship between the Ethics Center and the Lyles Center, which will benefit the campus and the Valley.”

Fiala will begin as ethicist in residence in the fall and will work to convey that responding to community needs, delivering valuable products and establishing a reliable presence in the community are important to the bottom line of a business.

“We are honored to have Dr. Fiala join our team,” Moore said. “His expertise will expand the education and insights our students have access to, equipping them to be more thoughtful and well-rounded entrepreneurs.”

For more information, contact Angelica Cano at or 559.278.3707.