Helen and Duane Wilson

Duane and Helen Wilson

Duane (BS '62) and Helen Wilson support TU because they know firsthand how important scholarship funding can be.

When Duane was a student, the generosity of others helped him obtain his chemical engineering degree. "I've always felt deeply appreciative to those who provide scholarships, particularly to support those, like myself, who have a need," he says.

After a successful career as an executive with Conoco (now ConocoPhillips) and today as a consultant, Duane is paying it forward as a member of the TU Board of Trustees. Duane and Helen served as co-chairs (with Chip and Sharon McElroy) of the Engineering and Natural Sciences Expansion portion of the campaign. Helen, a self-confessed "cheerleader" for TU, explains the couple's active support in everything from the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences to the Golden Hurricane Club this way: "TU has made gigantic progress in the last few years, and we need to sustain the momentum."