Clemson University’s Rutland Institute for Ethics Announces 2016 James F. Barker Award Recipient

After a rigorous selection process, Clemson University’s Rutland Institute for Ethics Advisory Board has selected Minor Shaw to receive the 2016 James F. Barker Ethics in Action Award. Shaw will be recognized at a dinner in her honor on Thursday, February 9, 2017, at the Poinsett Club in Greenville. The dinner will be hosted by the Rutland Institute for Ethics and is presented by The Duke Endowment.

Caroline Stewart, president of Louis P. Batson Company, and Susan Reed nominated Mrs. Shaw for this prestigious award.

“Minor is a compassionate, genuine leader. She truly has the utmost regard for all members of her community and wants to provide opportunities for all to succeed. When I think about Minor, I think ‘elegant, calm, sincere.’ When you are with her, she has a gift of completely focusing on you,” said Susan Reed.

Caroline Stewart added, “When reading over the criteria for this award, Minor was the first to come to mind.  I have known Minor in a volunteer capacity since the mid-1980s. Through the years, I have always seen her as a role model of a woman of integrity whose passion and focus for making our community exceptional have never wavered. We are very fortunate to have an advocate like Minor Shaw in the Upstate.”

In 1979, Minor Shaw began her lifelong service to Greenville with significant involvement in organizations that included the South Carolina Children’s Theatre, Junior League of Greenville, the United Way of Greenville, Ronald McDonald House and Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.

Shaw went on to help launch the Roper Mountain Science Center, and has chaired the United Way of Greenville, United Way of South Carolina, Community Foundation of Greenville and the Urban League of the Upstate. Shaw also has been inducted to the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame.

Shaw currently serves as chair of the Daniel-Mickel Foundation, The Duke Endowment, Hollingsworth Funds and Greenville-Spartanburg Airport Commission. She graduated from University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill with an AB degree in History. She is married to Dr. Harold Ellis Shaw and is the mother to three and grandmother to nine. She is a native of Elberton, Georgia, and grew up in Greenville.

Bestowed upon an exceptional individual whose actions exemplify integrity, the James F. Barker Ethics in Action award seeks to bring ethics into focus in the best way possible – through real-life application. Nominators, and the subsequent selection panel, look for an individual with actions or significant accomplishments revealing deep and sustained commitment to ethical conduct and the value of integrity. Nominations were accepted from across South Carolina and were reviewed by a subcommittee of the Rutland Institute for Ethics Advisory Board.

Minor Shaw is the third recipient of the Ethics in Action Award. The first recipient, in 2014, was the award’s namesake, former Clemson University President James F. Barker. In 2015, Scott Dishman received the Award.

“I am tremendously honored to be chosen to receive the 2016 James F. Barker Ethics in Action Award,” said Shaw. “The previous recipients of this award, Jim Barker and Scott Dishman, exemplify ethics in action, and I am humbled to receive this award and to be in their company.”minor_mickel_shaw

Tables of 10 for the James F. Barker Ethics in Action Award Dinner honoring Minor Shaw are $1,000 and can be reserved by calling (864) 248-0255. All proceeds from the evening benefit the Rutland Institute for Ethics through the Clemson University Foundation.


About Rutland Institute for Ethics

Named for Robert J. Rutland, the Rutland Institute for Ethics at Clemson University was created to encourage discussion on campus, in businesses and in the community about how ethical decision-making can be the basis of both personal and professional success. For more information about the Rutland Institute, its programs and impacts, visit

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