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by admin Oct 20, 2014

Doug and Julie Rock

Doug and Julie Rock 2005 Gateway Library Read Poster ProjectA $5 million gift from Doug and Julie Rock to the Department of Philosophy and the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State established the Rock Ethics Institute in 2001.

Doug Rock, a 1968 Penn State psychology graduate, is president, chief executive officer, and chairman of Houston-based Smith International, a worldwide supplier of products and services used to drill oil and gas wells. Rock also is a director and former chairman of the Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association and a director of Viad Corp. As a business executive, Rock has long been concerned about the ethical dilemmas that face today's college graduates, as demonstrated by the "ethics hotline" established at Smith International. "Today, technology sprints around the track of progress while humanity gasps to keep pace," says Rock. "In tomorrow's world, humanity must win this race. The stakes are high. Penn State has the right people to lead the charge."

Image: Doug and Julie Rock 2005 Gateway Library Read Poster Project