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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

Center for Leadership Ethics at the Eller College Announces Founding Gift

Phoenix-based Merchants Information Solutions signs on as founding partner of center with three-year commitment. 

TUCSON, Ariz. – August 17, 2011 – Merchants Information Solutions, a Phoenix-based provider of integrity testing, background screening, and identity theft restoration services, has made a three-year commitment to the newly-announced Center for Leadership Ethics (CLE) at the UA’s Eller College of Management.

“Merchants is honored to be a founding partner of the Center for Leadership Ethics at Eller College to help promote integrity and ethics in business. We look forward to working with the College to provide further actuarial evidence as to the validity of employment integrity testing, and to improve and enhance our solution. We are confident the partnership will be mutually beneficial, and look forward to working with the College,” said Russ Johnson, CEO of Merchants Information Solutions.

“We are thrilled that Merchants has committed to partner with the Center for Leadership Ethics,” said Stephen Gilliland, who heads the Department of Management and Organizations and executive director of the CLE. “At the Center, we see our missions of education, outreach, and research as closely tied together, and look forward to a substantive partnership with Merchants that will benefit all three areas.”

For example, Merchants has provided access to its proprietary integrity tests for research purposes. Professor Russell Cropanzano, Merchants Information Solutions Director of Leadership Ethics Research, and associate professor Jerel Slaughter are leading a series of studies examining constructs and long-term predictive validity of integrity tests based on Merchants data.

In addition to increasing scholarly understanding of leadership ethics, studies like this will be disseminated direct to practicing managers through media such as webinars, as well as integrated into classroom instruction and published traditionally in academic journals, serving the CLE’s goal of effecting broad change in ethical leadership across sectors.

For additional information about the CLE, including details about outreach programs including the Collegiate Ethics Case Competition and the High School Ethics Forum, visit

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program No. 11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program No. 48 in the U.S. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the No. 25-ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and on its satellite campus in downtown Phoenix.

Press Contact:
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

About Merchants Information Solutions

Merchants Information Solutions, Inc., the exclusive provider of the Merchants Integrity Test which is proven to reduce workers’ compensation loss rates an average of 60%, is a national leader in background screening for employers and residential communities as well as a leader in ID Theft Restoration Affinity programs. Honored to have as company national spokespersons Jerry Colangelo and Harvey Mackay, Merchants was founded nearly a century ago and is dedicated to delivering world-class identity theft and background screening solutions. Merchants is the only NATIONAL SINGLESOURCE PROVIDER of all recognized background screening tools and services for employers and multi-housing communities.

Press Contact:
Robert Ward, Merchants Information Solutions

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