Charles Schusterman - flanked by family, friends and employees - spent years working to create a world in which faith, community and education were of utmost importance. A loving father and grandfather, Schusterman wanted to give children and young adults in Tulsa, and around the world, opportunities to become productive members of society.
His selfless goals have been funded in large part by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and Samson Resources, the oil and gas exploration and production company that he founded 40 years ago.
The foundation was formed in 1987, and the business, which has evolved into Samson Investment Company, has grown into an international energy and investment corporation led by the Schusterman's daughter, Stacy.
The foundation generously supports Jewish educational and artistic organizations globally. The family is also active in Tulsa charities such as Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and Community Action Project.
Through the latest major donation from the corporation, TU is building Samson Plaza, a 1.5-acre pedestrian mall and meeting space, which will connect the existing facilities with J. Newton Rayzor Hall and Stephenson Hall, the newest facilities for the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences.
Said Stacy Schusterman, Samson chairman and CEO, "My father was driven to create a company that would make a difference here in Tulsa and, indeed, throughout the world. Today, the TU graduates who proudly work at Samson exhibit that same drive and determination."