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Former Mercury News editor Rob Elder joins SCU ethics center

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Nov.9, 2001 -- Rob Elder, recently retired editor of the San Jose Mercury News, was today named Senior Fellow of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, ethics center executive director Kirk Hanson announced.

In this part-time role, Elder will advise the ethics center on overall strategy and will take co-responsibility with Hanson for a new program on Emerging Issues in Ethics.

Elder, 63, served as editor at the Mercury News for 23 years, chairing the editorial board that stated the Mercury News positions on political and social issues, and managing the editorial and opinion pages.

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics was established at Santa Clara University in 1986 to heighten ethical awareness and improve ethical decision-making at the University and in the larger community.

In a new ethics center program, "Emerging Issues in Ethics," Elder and Hanson will work with the staff and scholars of the ethics center to provide timely analysis and opinion on ethical issues in the news. The new program will also provide editors nationwide with insights on ethical dimensions of issues that have not yet been addressed publicly, Hanson said.

Elder received a bachelor's degree at Washington and Lee University and a master's in history at Vanderbilt. He was a Knight Fellow at Stanford University in 1976-77. Before becoming editor at the Mercury News, he was a reporter for the Nashville Tennessean, the Miami Herald and the Mercury News. In addition to his role with SCU, Elder serves on the Advisory Board of the Alliance for Community Care, the largest mental health organization in Santa Clara County. He has been a member of the ethics center advisory board.


About the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University:

Founded in 1986, the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics involves more than 40 faculty and staff from many University departments in teaching, research and programs on ethics.

On- and off-campus programs of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics ethics center's focus on ethics in education, health care, business, technology, and public policy. Training for students and faculty, business leaders and physicians, city and county officials, teachers and parents integrates practical and theoretical approaches to ethical decision-making.

The ethics center publishes the journal Issues in Ethics and sponsors the Ethics Connection (, a Web site averaging 22,000 page views per week. The center is named for A.C. "Mike" Markkula Jr., who provided the center's initial endowment.

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About Santa Clara University:

Santa Clara University, located in northern California's Silicon Valley, is a Jesuit university with 7,350 students. It was recognized in 2001 by the American Association of Colleges and Universities for its undergraduate programs, and is known nationally for the quality of its graduate and professional schools.

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Former Mercury News editor Rob Elder joins SCU ethics center

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