Countess Alexandra of Frederiksborg, the former wife of Prince Joachim of Denmark, has joined Indiana University's Kelley School of Business as the Poling Chair of Business and Government. This position, according to the October 6, 2017, press release will "require facilitating discussion about leadership, business and government relations and ethics in the community."
"My life journey is somewhat unusual and filled with rich experiences, fascinating contrasts and deep transformations," said the Countess in a press release.
She will be making "periodic trips both to the Bloomington and IUPUI campuses during the 2016-2017 academic year. The first trip was from October 23 to 27. The countess succeeds former astronaut and engineer, Dr. Mae C. Jemison.
The school's business dean, Idalene Kessner, said that the school "strives to find those who go above and beyond."
A key aspect of the final selection is someone who brings that new perspective and diversity of background,” she said. “We want to find someone who will bring a unique perspective to our students.”
Countess Alexandra's ties to IU business and ethics professor Dr. Timothy L. Fort go back about eight years, when he was teaching at George Washington University.
"I taught her independent study versions of doctoral courses on ethics that I would normally teach,” he said. “We would discuss the lessons one-on-one, mostly through Skype, and she would write papers for me.”
Dr. Fort and the countess are the co-authors of The Sincerity Edge, a compilation of interviews from 20 board members of major corporations, as well as additional research and analysis from Fort and Alexandra, about how to use ethics in the business world as more than just a means to an end.