In 1985, three TU Finance alumni, Bob Prince, Bruce Currie, and Bob Harrison, and two TU faculty members, Mark Collins and Roger Bey, met to discuss how support could be gained for the Finance Department and how the Finance Department could better serve TU’s Finance alumni and the Tulsa business community. From that meeting the concept of a Friends of Finance (FOF) organization was born. Today, FOF is an incredibly strong support group for TU’s Finance and Operations Management Department, has more than 475 dues paying members, has raised more than $2,300,000 for the Finance and OM Department that is managed as a Student Investment Fund (SIF), and has an Executive Speaker series of nationally prominent business and public leaders. Some 157 students have received more than $520,000 in scholarships from the SIF.
Friends of Finance is an organization of business professionals, TU alumni, and supporters of the TU College of Business Administration. Members share a passion for business--particularly finance and operations management--and are committed to helping TU gain national prominence in these areas.
In addition, Friends of Finance provides a forum where business professionals, many of them TU alumni, can network and share perspectives.
Eight times a year, our Executive Speaker series brings leading executives to the TU campus to share their knowledge and explore important business issues. Recent speakers include Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, Bank One; Richard Fuld, Jr., CEO, Lehman Brothers, Inc.; Diana Ferguson, SVP, Sara Lee Corporation; Steve Malcolm, Chairman, President, and CEO, Williams; Lee Scott, President and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; Kenneth Lewis, President, Bank of America. Click on previous speakers to see a larger list of previous speakers.
The mission of Friends of Finance is to help gain national prominence for The University of Tulsa Finance and Operations Management Department's educational programs, students, alumni, and faculty.
Friends of Finance has established these goals:
- Develop open and effective communication channels and regular interaction between the business and academic communities.
- Promote the professional development of our members.
- Continue to develop outstanding curricula for undergraduate and graduate students.
- Enhance student placement into business and finance careers.
- Attract nationally distinguished MS in Finance and MBA students, undergraduates, and faculty.
- Promote awareness of the accomplishments and activities of TU business alumni.
Friends of Finance members receive reduced registration fees for all meetings, priority in attending sold-out functions, the monthly FOF newsletter, excellent opportunities to interact with members of the Tulsa business community, a chance to learn from guest speakers who are leaders in their fields, and the personal satisfaction of helping to improve educational opportunities for many of tomorrow's business leaders. In addition, members have access to a Member Services web site area which contains a membership directory, a place for members to post resumes, and a listing of corporate job openings.
Membership is open to:
Students, alumni, and friends of the University interested in supporting the basic mission and objectives of Friends of Finance.
To join Friends of Finance, simply click on Membership Application. We would be honored to count you among our friends!
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