Louis W. Hodges will retire as Knight Chair in the Ethics of Journalism at Washington and Lee University at the end of the 2002-2003 academic year.
Hodges started his school's groundbreaking Society and Professions program in professional ethics in 1974, and became the first holder of the Knight Chair in journalism ethics in 1996. The two programs comprise the country's longest-standing scholarly exercise in journalism ethics. In 1998, Hodges participated in the Silha Center's 1998 National Law Conference for the Study of Media Ethics and Law. As a panelist in the "Convergence of Legal and Ethical Issues" session, he delivered a paper entitled, "Ethics Always Trumps Law: Or Why Have Ethics Anyway?" (See Spring 1998 Bulletin for full conference coverage.) A native of Eupora, Mississippi, Hodges received his bachelor's degree in history from Millsaps College in 1954. He earned a B.D. from Duke Divinity School in 1957 and was ordained by the Methodist Church in 1958. He earned his doctorate in Christian thought, with special emphasis in Christian ethics, from Duke in 1960. Hodges joined the Washington and Lee faculty in 1960. He has been a Fulbright scholar in India and a visiting faculty member at the Hastings Center, the University of Missouri Graduate School of Journalism, and the Poynter Insitute.