About the Baums

The Herb and Karen Baum Symposium on Ethics and the Professions is made possible by a gift from Herb, BN’58, and Karen Baum. The couple’s generous commitment also provides funding for the Herb and Karen Baum Chair of Ethics and the Professions, a prestigious faculty position that guides students across the University in developing a firmly grounded personal commitment to the highest standards of ethics and ethical decision making.

Herb and Karen Baum are dedicated philanthropists whose support has greatly benefited Drake University. Their gift was inspired by Herb Baum’s long-time passion: ethics in business. Herb Baum is the retired chairman, president, and CEO of the Dial Corporation and the author of The Transparent Leader: How to Build a Great Company through Straight Talk, Openness and Accountability. He has devoted much of his retirement to promoting ethical behavior within the industry.

Herb Baum is a 1958 graduate of the Drake College of Business and Public Administration. He has served on the Drake University Board of Trustees and as an Executive in Residence in CBPA. In honor of his exemplary leadership and success, he received Drake’s Alumni Achievement Award in 1989 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2010.