The G. Albert Shoemaker Program in Business Ethics was established in 1985 through a $100,000 gift from the late G. Albert Shoemaker and his wife Mercedes. The Shoemakers made the donation to Penn State’s Smeal College because of the importance with which they regard ethics in corporate conduct and management decision-making.
The donation created an endowment to encourage academic and corporate interest in business ethics. The centerpiece of the program is the Shoemaker Lecture that brings together faculty members, students, and members of the business community to consider current perspectives in business ethics.
The Shoemaker program also supports scholarly research in business ethics and a series of publications based on the Shoemaker Lecture. Linda Treviño, Distinguished Professor of Organizational Behavior and Ethics, is director of the Shoemaker Program.