W. M. Scoggins

W. M. Scoggins

W. M. Scoggins

Class of '70 and '78, Petroleum Engineering

Dr. M. W. Scoggins was appointed Mines’ 16th president in June 2006. He also serves as a Research Professor in the Colorado School of Mines Department of Petroleum Engineering. Prior to coming to Mines, he had over 34 years experience in the global oil and gas business with Mobil and ExxonMobil.

Dr. Scoggins received his undergraduate education at the University of Tulsa, where he was in the Petroleum Engineering honors program and was a member of Tau Beta Pi. He received his Master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and returned to the University of Tulsa for his Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering.

He began his career with Mobil in 1970 and had assignments throughout the United States, as well as in The Hague, Jakarta, Indonesia and London. He was President of International E & P and Global Exploration and a member of the Executive Committee of Mobil Oil prior to its merger with Exxon in late 1999. Following the merger, he served as Executive Vice President of ExxonMobil Production Company until his retirement in 2004.

Dr. Scoggins was elected to the University of Tulsa Board of Trustees in 2005 and served on the executive committee; the finance, investment and audit committee; and the faculty and curriculum committee until accepting the presidency at Mines. He was inducted into the College of Engineering’s Hall of Fame in 1998.

Dr. Scoggins serves on the Board of Directors for Questar Corporation, a natural gas-focused energy company; Trico Marine Services, Inc., a global provider of marine support to the offshore oil and gas industry; and Venoco, Inc., an independent energy company engaged in the acquisition and development of oil and natural gas properties in California and Texas. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Colorado’s Renewable Energy Authority, the Colorado Oil and Gas Association and the Jefferson Economic Council, and is co-chair of the recently formed Colorado Energy Coalition.

W. M. Scoggins, in his own words...

How did you choose TU?

Kermit Brown visited my high school in Bartlesville and did a heck of a sales pitch!

Did TU provide you the necessary education for a successful career?

I think so - check out my bio!

Any fond memories you would like to share with us? 

The SPE student chapter trip led by Jim Brill to Lufkin, Texas – it was a learning experience, followed by a severe headache.  Seeing the North Campus develop and riding “Old Blue" for four years.  The IBM1620 and all of those punch cards.