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Perry A. Minnis

Adjunct Instructor
School of Leadership and Professional Advancement
Business Ethics

705 Libermann Hall
Phone: 412.396.5600


MBA, Finance from John Carroll University
BS, Accounting from John Carroll University

Perry Minnis retired after completing a forty-plus year career with Alcoa Inc. In his last position he was responsible for implementing Alcoa's Ethics and Compliance Program worldwide. Alcoa has operations in 45 countries and as the company grew the focus on appropriate business conduct gained greater significance. He assumed leadership for Alcoa's efforts in ethics and compliance, and business conduct in 1999.

Perry began his career at Alcoa in 1968 in the Finance organization at the company's Cleveland Works location. After transferring to several operating locations he transferred to the company's Pittsburgh office initially working in financial accounting and then assumed federal and international taxation positions, culminating as Director, Corporate Tax Compliance. In 1988, Perry was asked to join the newly formed Corporate Quality group and after four months of total quality management (TQM) training, involving extensive training in Japan, he facilitated Alcoa's corporate quality initiatives by teaching total quality management skills throughout Alcoa's global locations. He was appointed Director, Advisory Services in 1995 responsible for implementing TQM in administrative departments. In 1999, when Alcoa focused greater effort on its global ethics and compliance program, he was asked to lead this implementation. He retired from Alcoa in 2009.

Perry is a retired member of the board of directors of the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association (ECOA), a professional association that promotes ethical business practices and serves as a forum for senior ethics and compliance officers to exchange ideas for designing and enhancing ethics and compliance programs. He is currently an Emeritus member of the ECOA. He was also past chairman of the Manufacturers Alliance Ethics and Compliance Council, a leading executive development and business research organization serving the needs of senior management.

He is a frequent guest lecturer at many universities and professional organizations throughout the US and is a frequent speaker at several international conferences.

Perry is currently an Adjunct Professor of Ethics and Compliance at Duquesne University and a member of the teaching faculty at New York University. Perry has recently been elected to the Fraud and Forensic Accounting program Advisory Committee of the Board of Directors at Carlow University in Pittsburgh.

Perry has been recognized for his role in promoting ethical leadership having received the "Excellence in Leadership Award" given by the University of Pittsburgh's David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership in recognition for providing ethical leadership throughout the greater Pittsburgh business community. He was also presented with the Notre Dame "Outstanding Ethical Leader" recognition from the Mendoza College of Business. Perry was also honored on the cover of "Fraud" magazine as the author of the feature story "A Question of Ethics." The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners publishes Fraud magazine. He has been a keynote speaker and presenter numerous times on ethics and compliance issues and opportunities both in the U.S. and internationally. He currently leads a consulting practice focused on assisting organizations in the implementation of ethics and compliance initiatives. In 2008 Perry was appointed a Senior Fellow at Duquesne University, one of only four people appointed to that position.

Since his retirement from Alcoa, Perry has developed a management consulting practice providing expertise in business ethics and corporate compliance. He has been retained to implement values and rules based ethics initiatives, conduct program and risk assessments, measure the effectiveness of compliance systems, and design high-impact training programs.

He has achieved professional certifications as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and is also a Certified Quality Manager (CQM). In addition, Perry is a past member of the American Society for Quality, the Institute of Management Accountants, and past officer of the Tax Executives Institute.

Perry and his wife, (Gail), have been married for 49 years and have six grown children and eight grandchildren. He is President of the homeowners association in his township and loves to play golf and enjoys attending his grandchildren's sports activities.