Rumley establishes engineering endowed chair

Friday, April 25, 2014

New endowment will reside with department chair Geoffrey Price

The University of Tulsa is pleased to announce that successful entrepreneur and chemical engineering alumnus Wayne Rumley (BS ’60) has provided a generous gift to establish the Wayne Banes Rumley Endowed Chair in Chemical Engineering.

Photo below: (from left to right) Geoffrey Price, Wayne Rumley and James R. Sorem

Wayne Rumley Endowed ChairRumley is a member of the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences Hall of Fame and a dedicated supporter of TU and the Gilcrease Museum. He is the founder and owner of R&R Engineering, a top design and fabrication firm for air-cooled exchangers in the natural gas and related industries.

Rumley’s endowment provides TU’s first dedicated chair in the Department of Chemical Engineering.

“Wayne is a long-time supporter, not just through his direct giving but also with his sage advice and ability to rally others to our cause,” said James R. Sorem, dean of the college. “Endowed chairs are important to the program because they are excellent tools in recruiting top-notch faculty to nationally-ranked universities such as TU, and they provide a method of rewarding successful faculty who already work here.”

Rumley has served as chairman of the TU Chemical Engineering Advisory Board and has led the effort to honor his former professor with the establishment of the W.L. Nelson Chemical Engineering Scholarship Fund. In 2001, he established his namesake chemical engineering scholarship, and he has honored his first wife, the late Barbara Joan Rumley, with a memorial fellowship.

The Wayne Banes Rumley Endowed Chair will reside with the current chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering, Professor Geoffrey Price. Prior to joining TU in 2000, Price spent 21 years teaching in the chemical engineering department at Louisiana State University. He earned his undergraduate degree from Lamar University and a doctorate in chemical engineering from Rice University. Price is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and a member of the American Chemical Society.

Natalie Adams