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Nationwide CEO Kicks Off Heisler Business Ethics Lecture Series at OWU

January 19, 2004

[ W.G. Jurgensen Photo ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- The Woltemade Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship will kick off the Heisler Business Ethics Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22, in the Benes Room of the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center at Ohio Wesleyan University. W.G. Jurgensen, the chief executive officer of Nationwide, will present his talk "Restoring Trust in Corporate America" to OWU students, members of the board of trustees, and faculty and staff. The talk is free and open to the public.

According to Jurgensen, it's crucial in today's business world --- especially after 9/11 -- that people realize the role of ethics in corporate business. He believes that ethics are essential to people on an individual basis as well.

Since becoming CEO of Nationwide in July 2000, Jurgensen has given several talks to the Columbus business community about the role of ethics in business. Prior to Nationwide Jurgensen was executive vice president of Bank One Corporation. Jurgensen also served Norwest Corporation for 17 years in various positions including corporate banking officer, president and CEO of Norwest Investment Services, manager of the treasury function and executive vice president of corporate banking.

Jurgensen belongs to numerous business and civic organizations including, among others, the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Children's Hospital Board of Directors and Law Enforcement Foundation of Ohio Board of Directors. He was the chairperson of the 2002 Campaign for United Way of Central Ohio, and in 2001 Jurgensen was appointed by Governor Bob Taft to chair the Governor's Commission on Teaching Success until February 2003.

Jurgensen also serves as vice chairman and trustee of Loyola University in Chicago and trustee of Newberry Library. He has a bachelor's degree in finance and a master's degree in business administration from Creighton University, Omaha, Neb.

Funded by the Heisler Family Endowment for the Study of Ethics, in honor of James Heisler '38, Robert Heisler '42 and Bruce Heisler '49, the lecture series is an outgrowth of an interdisciplinary faculty workshop on the subject of "Global Development: Social and Ethical Issues."