Friends of Finance - Collins College of Business

 

Hours

Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Phone

918-631-3625

 

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.

  • Mission & Goals

    Mission

    The mission of Friends of Finance is to help gain national prominence for The University of Tulsa Finance and Operations Management Department’s educational programs, students, alumni, and faculty.

    Goals

    • Develop open and effective communication channels and regular interaction between the business and academic communities.
    • Promote the professional development of our members.
    • Continue to develop outstanding curricula for undergraduate and graduate students.
    • Enhance student placement into business and finance careers.
    • Attract nationally distinguished MS in Finance and MBA students, undergraduates, and faculty.
    • Promote awareness of the accomplishments and activities of TU business alumni.
  • Officers and Directors

    2020-2021

    The officers and directors are committed to achieving the mission of Friends of Finance, serving the membership, and making Friends of Finance the best organization possible.

    Officers

    OfficeName Company 
    PresidentLane WilsonWilliams
    Vice PresidentMike OsborneErnst & Young
    TreasurerT. D. EuresteONEOK, Inc
    SecretaryMike NealTulsa Regional Chamber

    Directors

    Name Company 
    Bruce CurrieMidFirst Bank
    Jeff HusenONE Gas
    Marc MaunBOK Financial
    Greg OliphantCeja Corporation
    John PolonchekCollins College of Business
    Roberta PrestonGirl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma
    Whittney StaufferTrust Company of Oklahoma
    Ralph JacksonCollins College of Business