NORMAN — Larry R. Grillot, a geophysicist who guided the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy from its inception through its first eight years, has announced his plans to retire from the University of Oklahoma, effective June 30, 2015. Grillot joined OU in 2006 after working in leadership positions with Phillips Petroleum for 30 years.
“Larry Grillot combined outstanding academic credentials with experience leading America’s energy industry at the highest level to guide the development of the College of Earth and Energy,” OU President David L. Boren said.
Boren will recommend a search committee to the OU Board of Regents for consideration at the board’s June meeting. A national search will be conducted for a permanent replacement to lead the Mewbourne College.
The college was established in 2006 as a result of talks between OU representatives and alumni, in both the oil and gas and weather industries, who determined that OU should restructure its assets in the areas of energy and meteorological education and research.
Since the college was created, Grillot has worked to maintain the heritage of geosciences and petroleum and geological engineering in the areas of energy education (oil and gas), while providing strong ties to engineering fundamentals and the science base in geology and geophysics.
During those eight years, enrollment has increased from 450 to 1,300, total scholarship awards have doubled and graduates of the college have achieved an almost 100 percent employment rate.
Grillot oversaw a successful capital campaign for scholarships and fellowships. Total gifts to the college during the past eight years are at $100 million.
With Grillot’s leadership, $20 million in facilities improvements were made.
Grillot’s career with Phillips Petroleum included almost 15 years in Bartlesville, where he served in a variety of technical and managerial posts in exploration and production. His assignments took him to Canada, Europe and Africa in successively more responsible roles.
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