Detroit Public Schools' emergency finance chief Robert Bobb keynote speaker for Ethos Week at EMU College of Business

by Geoff Larcom, Published December 16, 2009

Robert Bobb

YPSILANTI — Robert Bobb, who has quickly established a reputation for integrity and vision as emergency financial manager for the Detroit Public School System, will be the keynote speaker for the Fourth Annual Ethos Week at the Eastern Michigan University College of Business.

Ethos Week, scheduled for March 15-19, raises awareness of ethical considerations in a variety of business and personal contexts. The week is the nation’s only high-level celebration examining ethics in business and education.

“Robert Bobb has tackled an astonishing array of administrative challenges during his career, most recently his work with The Detroit Public Schools,” said David Mielke, dean of the College of Business. “His experience, integrity and energy make him an instructive and inspiring speaker for Ethos Week. He is an excellent role model for our students.”

Bobb has more than than 30 years executive management experience in both the private and public sectors. He is the owner, president and CEO of the LAPA Group, LLC, a multi-faceted private/public sector consulting firm.

Among his many roles, he has served as the president of the Washington DC Board of Education, as the former city administrator and deputy mayor for Washington, D.C. and as the District of Columbia’s Homeland Security advisor. He served as city manager of Oakland, Calif.; of Richmond, Va.; of Santa Ana, Calif.; and of Kalamazoo.

He is an expert on the issues facing urban government in a variety of realms, including in education, in economic development and in municipal budgeting and finance.

Bobb earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Grambling State University in Grambling, La., and a Master of Science in Business from Western Michigan University.

More than 500 EMU students, faculty and business leaders are expected to attend the keynote lunch program on March 19 in the EMU Student Center. The luncheon begins at noon, with a reception for the speaker, and ends at 2:30 p.m.

For more information about Ethos Week or the College of Business, visit

Geoff Larcom


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