|Edward Rock: Senior Advisor
September 4, 2012,
Volume 59, No. 02
President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price are pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Edward B. Rock as Senior Advisor to the President and Provost and Director of Open Course Initiatives, effective September 1.
In this new position, Professor Rock will oversee the implementation of Penn’s partnership with Coursera, the online platform for open-access, non-credit classes. He will work closely with the President and Provost, as well as with Deans, department chairs, and other University leaders, to build administrative frameworks and advance the integration of online learning initiatives—and the new methods of teaching and learning related to them—into curricular and instructional support programs on campus.
“Having someone with Ed Rock’s experience and vision to help guide our online learning initiatives gives Penn a tremendous advantage in this important new area,” said Penn President Amy Gutmann. “Ed is a superb scholar and academic leader. Under his stewardship, I am certain we will see our online capabilities flourish, and the University’s international leadership in this vital area continue to grow.”
Professor Rock is the Saul A. Fox Distinguished Professor of Business Law in the Law School, with a secondary appointment as professor of business economics and public policy in the Wharton School. A 1983 graduate of Penn Law, he has taught at Penn since 1989, after five years as a partner and associate at Fine, Kaplan & Black in Philadelphia. He served, 1998-2010, as co-director of the Institute of Law and Economics—a joint research center of the Law School, Wharton, and department of economics in SAS—and 2006-2008, as associate dean for academic affairs at the Law School.
He is a leading expert on corporate law and corporate governance and has written widely on the balance of power between shareholders and managers, government ownership, hedge funds, shareholder voting, and mergers and acquisitions. He has been a visiting professor at NYU, Columbia, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt.
“Ed Rock brings to our online initiatives a profound understanding of governance and strategic frameworks,” said Provost Price, “as well as great skills at solving challenges and bringing people together. He will help us all define the future of online and open education at Penn, while building the sound administrative structures to support our efforts for years to come.”
Professor Rock earned a JD magna cum laude (1983) from Penn Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review; a BA in philosophy and politics with first-class honours (1980) from the University of Oxford; and a BS cum laude in physics and mathematics (1977) from Yale University.