Holzman Center of Applied Ethics

An Ethical Foundation

The Holzman Center of Applied Ethics, launched in December 2021, is a resource designed to empower students to engage in ethical decision-making and to act with honor, excellence and integrity at RE and beyond. 

Under the direction of founding director John A. King, Jr., the Associate Head of School, the center contributes to the academic curriculum and advisory program while also offering a variety of programming to ensure that Ransom Everglades students enter the world understanding the importance of ethical behavior in all endeavors, and the consequences to individuals and societies when integrity and honor are sacrificed. The many opportunities for students through the center include an annual speakers' series, roundtable discussions, elective courses in applied ethics, travel and research opportunities with our partner Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder

In the tradition of school founders Paul C. Ransom and Marie and Edward Swenson, the center reflects the belief that ethics and morality must be taught and reinforced so that principled decision-making becomes a way of life. The idea and seed funding for the center, which occupies the historic Ransom Cottage on the upper school campus, came from Steve Holzman P’21, a former Parent Chair for The Fund for RE, and attorney John O’Sullivan P’14 ’21 offered additional support.

Steve Holzman P’21, founder of the Holzman Center of Applied Ethics

“I don’t think there is any question that corner cutting and cheating have increased across the spectrum. I do think we can do something about it in a positive way. This is a great pathway for Ransom Everglades. The practice of ethics must become a way of life.”
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.