Linda and Archie Dunham are longtime friends of OU, often hosting student scholarship and alumni events. Mr. Dunham, who was born in Durant, OK, and raised in Ada, OK, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in geological engineering from OU in 1960 and a Master of Business Administration degree from OU in 1966. Mrs. Dunham, who also grew up in Ada, attended East Central University.
After graduating from OU, Mr. Dunham worked for Conoco Inc., where he rapidly rose through the ranks and served in almost every area of the company. He was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Conoco Inc. from 1999-2002, after being elected President and CEO in 1996. He became Chairman of ConocoPhillips Company in 2002. He was instrumental in orchestrating Conoco’s IPO separation from DuPont in 1998, the largest in US history, and in negotiating the merger of
equals between Conoco Inc. and Phillips Petroleum Company in 2002. Mr. Dunham currently serves on the Board of Directors of Union
Pacific Corp and Louisiana-Pacific Corp and is
the Chairman of Chesapeake Energy. He is also
a member of Deutsche Bank’s Americas Advisory Board. Previously, Mr. Dunham served on
the boards of DuPont, Conoco, ConocoPhillips, Phelps Dodge and Pride International. Mr.
Dunham currently serves on the Commission
on National Energy Policy and is a Board member of the CEO Forum. He is the past Chairman
of the National Association of Manufacturers,
the United States Energy Association and the
National Petroleum Council. In 2005, he was
appointed by President Bush to the President’s
Commission on White House Fellowships. In
2002, he was appointed by President Bush to the
President’s Commission on Critical Infrastructure. He served in the US Marine Corps from 1960-64 and currently serves as a member of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. In 1998, Mr. Dunham was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
In addition to their support of Dunham College, Mr. and Mrs. Dunham have also invested in several other areas of the University of Oklahoma. They have helped create the Dunham Scholars Program in the Price College of Business, e Archie W. Dunham Student Leadership Center in the Oklahoma Memorial Union, the Archie and Linda Dunham Engineering Leadership Center in the Gallogly College of Engineering and generous scholarships in the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy, the Gallogly College of Engineering and the Price College of Business. Mr. Dunham has also served as a Trustee at OU with the OU Foundation, Inc.