Partners in OU's success
Phillips 66’s recent $500,000 gift provides important educational and research opportunities for OU’s students and faculty.
The University of Oklahoma has received a $500,000 contribution from Phillips 66 to benefit a range of programs, including support for the College of Engineering, Price College of Business, and College of Arts and Sciences.
The gift also provides funds for the Phillips 66 SHIELD (Students Heightening Involvement in Education, Learning and Development) Scholars Program, which helps students interested in energy-related careers gain first-hand industry experience and connect with mentors in their field of study through personal and professional development.
“The partnership between OU and Phillips 66 provides important educational and research opportunities for our students and faculty, and is key to improving workforce quality and building the strength of the energy industry,” said Barry Feuerborn, associate vice president for Development and director of the OU Office of Corporate Relations.
Paula Johnson, senior vice president of Legal, general counsel, and corporate secretary for Phillips 66, made the gift presentation at a luncheon on campus, which was attended by Phillips 66 representatives and deans, directors and students from the OU areas that are benefiting from the contribution. Johnson is an OU alumna, earning her bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1985 and law degree in 1988.
“The University of Oklahoma values Phillips 66’s support, which is strengthening so many programs – from student groups and enrichment activities to scholarships and fellowships, among other important areas,” Feuerborn said. “The university looks forward to the exciting possibilities of our academic-industry collaboration with Phillips 66.”
The Phillips name has long been associated with OU. The partnership dates back to 1926 when OU history professor E.E. Dale was introduced to Frank Phillips. Both were interested in the history of the American West and in developing an archival collection of historical Western materials. In the end, this partnership between Phillips and OU resulted in the renowned Western History Collections, one of the great points of pride for the university and the state.
About Phillips 66
Built on more than 130 years of experience, Phillips 66 is a growing energy manufacturing and logistics company with high-performing Midstream, Chemicals, Refining, and Marketing and Specialties businesses. This diverse portfolio enables Phillips 66 to capture opportunities in a changing energy landscape. Headquartered in Houston, the company has 13,500 employees who are committed to operating excellence and safety.
Pictured above: OU alumna Paula Johnson (at right), senior vice president of Legal, general counsel, and corporate secretary for Phillips 66, presented Phillip 66's gift of $500,000 to the University of Oklahoma. OU Senior Vice President and Provost Nancy Mergler accepted the gift on behalf of the university.