Joe Newhart

Headshot of Joe Newhart

Chair of the Alumni Advisory Board Joe Newhart earned his BS in Geology from SES in 1969, then went on to pursue an M.Sc. from Bowling Green State University before working for Exxon and ExxonMobil in a variety of professional and managerial assignments for over 30 years. Currently, Joe works as a summer ranger and educational geology tour guide through the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District and U.S. Forest Service.


"Field camp prepared me to be a career geologist."

Where has your degree taken you?

How could I stay with the same company for over 30 years? Every 2-4 years was a new assignment with different technical, managerial and geographic challenges.

How do you feel that your experience, specifically as an SES/geology student at OSU, prepared you for your career or life in general?

SES at Ohio State gave me the basic understanding of the geological science that set me on my career path.

What is your favorite memory as a student?

Field camp prepared me to be a career geologist. Also, fossil collecting in the Columbus area with Dr. Aurele La Rocque.

What advice do you have for current and future students?

Start thinking about your career path early and pursue the academic courses and research projects to prepare for that career.