The Walker Family Foundation gift will help fund ethics research, teaching and training on campus and across the business community.


The Walker Center for Applied Ethics  at Marian University advances a more ethical world by engaging in relevant primary research, interdisciplinary teaching and training, and by stimulating informed dialogue on important issues to empower current and future leaders to be and act ethically.

To achieve its mission, the Walker Center for Applied Ethics will rely on partnerships, collaborations, research, coursework and programming designed to advance ethical practices in individuals and organizations of all types, with an emphasis on application, practical understanding and impact. In support of the Center’s mission, it is intended that primary research in the area of business ethics will be a meaningful component of the work of the Center.


The Walker Center for Applied Ethics at Marian University will be recognized as a national leader in preparing and supporting leaders and organizations to advance a more ethical world.

Frank D. Walker gift will fund Ethics Center at Marian University

INDIANAPOLIS—Marian University ( has commitments of nearly $9 million to open a new Center for Ethics in 2019. The majority of the money raised comes in the form of a lead gift from Frank D. Walker, Chairman Emeritus of Walker Information, and the Walker Family Foundation. The new entity will be called the Walker Center for Applied Ethics at Marian University.

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News Updates


Marian University and the Walker Center for Applied Ethics host the 2020 Central States Ethics Bowl virtually, November 14, 2020.

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semler chair announcement

May update: Semler Chair Announcement

Matthew Sherman, Ph.D., will serve as the Semler Chair for Applied Ethics at Marian University’s Walker Center for Applied Ethics. Sherman currently serves as associate professor and chair of the Department of Theology and Philosophy at Marian.

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