In 1985, three TU Finance alumni, Bob Prince, Bruce Currie, and Bob Harrison, and two TU faculty members, Mark Collins and Roger Bey, met to discuss how support could be gained for the Finance Department and how the Finance Department could better serve TU’s Finance alumni and the Tulsa business community. From that meeting the concept of a Friends of Finance (FOF) organization was born. Today, FOF is an incredibly strong support group for TU’s School of Finance, Operations Management and International Business, has more than 475 dues paying members, has raised more than $4 million that is managed as a Student Investment Fund (SIF), and has an Executive Speaker series of nationally prominent business and public leaders. More than 200 students have received approximately $5 million in scholarships from the SIF.
Friends of Finance is an organization of business professionals, TU alumni and supporters of the Collins College of Business. Members share a passion for business–particularly finance and operations management–and are committed to helping TU gain national prominence in these areas. In addition, Friends of Finance provides a forum where business professionals, many of them TU alumni, can network and share perspectives.
The Executive Speaker series brings leading executives to the TU campus to share their knowledge and explore important business issues. Recent speakers include Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, Bank One; Doug McMillon, President and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; Diana Ferguson, SVP, Sara Lee Corporation; Steve Malcolm, Chairman, President, and CEO, Williams; Lee Scott, President and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; Kenneth Lewis, President, Bank of America.