The Elizabeth D. Rockwell Center on Ethics and Leadership at the Hobby School of Public affairs was established in 2020. Elizabeth D. Rockwell endowed the Center to enrich and enhance ethics and leadership scholarship and programming at the University of Houston and in the city of Houston.
Rockwell, who began her association with the University of Houston in 1938 as a student, continued to support UH as one of its most generous benefactors, up until her death in January 2011. A widely respected expert in retirement, estate, investment and tax planning, Rockwell gained national recognition for her work with IRA rules and regulations. She later became executive director of the Private Client Division of CIBC Oppenheimer Corp., retiring in 2001. As her career spanned decades, she never forgot her UH roots.
The Rockwell Center exists within the Hobby School of Public Affairs but serves the University of Houston as a whole as well as the city of Houston. The Center brings locally and nationally prominent scholars and practitioners to the University of Houston to discuss their work on ethics and leadership and sponsors scholarship by UH faculty and students on ethics and leadership.