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Industry Relations

With a distinctive program and format, The University of Tulsa’s Master of Energy Business continues to attract significant interest from individuals and organizations throughout the energy industry. Unlike a traditional MBA, the Master of Energy Business is completely focused on energy, energy companies and energy issues that are relevant in today’s economy. With the flexibility that online delivery provides, the Master of Energy Business is a perfect vehicle for individuals from all sectors of the industry to extend their knowledge base and professional network and to enhance their competitiveness in the marketplace.

The Master of Energy Business, housed in the School of Energy Economics, Policy and Commerce, enjoys strong support from energy companies and organizations around the country. Faculty and staff regularly attend industry-sponsored professional conferences and participate in events of mutual interest. In addition, energy companies repeatedly seek input from our faculty as consultants and collaborators on policy issues and research projects that are important to the ongoing success of the industry.

Industry Advisory Council

Situated in the heart of America’s energy complex, The University of Tulsa enjoys many strong ties with the energy industry. TU graduates in business, law, petroleum and chemical engineering, geoscience, and other disciplines are actively involved in energy company leadership around the world. Consequently, these ongoing relationships and ties back to industry are one of the strongest selling points of the Master of Energy Business. From conception to implementation, the program has greatly benefited from the direct input and generous support of industry representatives and partners.

To insure future success and alignment with the ongoing and evolving needs of industry, an advisory council of industry leaders convenes periodically to review progress and make recommendations. These individuals generously volunteer their time and energy to help make the program the very best it can be. While members rotate on and off of the panel as needed, the current membership consists of:

  • Charles Baukal, Director, John Zink Institute
  • Joe Burke, President and CEO, Novus Energy
  • John Chowdhury, Director, Utility Industry Practice, Fujitsu Network Communications
  • Carolyn Dougherty, Retired CFO and Treasurer, Grand River Dam Authority
  • Richard Edmonson, Attorney and Shareholder, Hall Estill
  • Lee Eslicker, President, D&L Oil Tools
  • Randy Foutch, Chairman & CEO, Laredo Petroleum
  • Carlos Garibaldi, Director, Americas, Arthur D. Little
  • Greg Geist, Vice President, Land, WPX Energy
  • John Hewitt, President and CEO, Matrix Service Company
  • Ralph Hill, CEO, ETX Energy LLC
  • Branden Kennedy, Vice President, Capital Markets, Laredo Petroleum
  • Glenn Labhart, Principal, Labhart Risk Advisors
  • Debra Langley, Vice President of Land, Rimrock Resource Operating, LLC
  • Susan Lindberg, Vice President and General Counsel, SemGroup Corporation
  • Merl Lindstrom, VP, Technology, Phillips 66
  • Pete Luitwieler, Management Consultant; Retired Chief Information Officer, Citgo Petroleum/PDVSA
  • Randy McCall, CFO and Cofounder, Seahorse Oilfield Services
  • C. Michael Ming, General Manager, GE Oil & Gas Technology Center
  • Luis Moncada, Surface President, North America Region, GE Oil and Gas
  • Lanny Nickell, Vice President, Engineering, Southwest Power Pool
  • Bob Parks, President, Superior Pipeline
  • John Pilkington, President, Muirfield Resources, and Member, Oklahoma Energy Resources Board
  • Shane Saunders, President, Trident Energy
  • Michael Schmidt, Management Consultant; Director Emeritus, Utility Division, Kansas Corporation Commission
  • Stacey Schmidt, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, D&L Oil Tools
  • Greg Sills, Executive Advisor, DONG Energy
  • Stuart Solomon, President, Public Service of Oklahoma (an AEP company)
  • Mark Stansberry, Chairman, The GTD Group
  • Norm Szydlowski, President and CEO Emeritus, SemGroup Energy Partners
  • Michael Teague, Oklahoma Secretary of Energy
  • Fabrizio Trilli, Chief Executive, ENI (The Italian National Oil Company) Indonesia
  • Bob West, CEO, Anchor Drilling Fluids
  • Paul Westervelt, VP and Group Publisher, Oil and Gas Journal