The Center for Ethics officially opened its doors in January, 2006. Provost Nick Zeppos had appointed a university-wide committee in 2003, chaired by Dean James Hudnut-Beumler, to recommend to him a rationale and structure for a program that would link all aspects of university life to significant ethical issues and quesitons. He placed emphasis on disciplinary and trans-disciplinary education and knowledge as well as on interschool programming. The committee completed its thorough report in 2004. It set a broad purpose for the new Center: it should initiate and support programs, curricular offerings and research that ground education at Vanderbilt in ethical alertness, self-examination and character development. The aim of the Center has been from its inception to foster a learning enviorment that nurtures ethical leadership and courage. Vanderbilt appointed Charles Scott the Center's Director in 2005.