Five Questions with Dean J. Mike Stice

August 4, 2017

We got the chance to catch up with J. Mike Stice, Dean of the University of Oklahoma’s College of Earth and Energy and member of the OU Price College of Business Energy Institute board of advisors. Read on to see what he thinks makes a Real Energy Leader.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

Before becoming the Dean of the OU College of Earth and Energy, I gained more than 35 years in the industry in a variety of technical and managerial positions across the U.S., Qatar, Singapore and Australia.

Previously, I was the CEO of Access Midstream, formerly Chesapeake Midstream Partners. I previously served as President of Chesapeake Midstream Development and Senior Vice President of Natural Gas Projects for Chesapeake Energy. Prior to joining Chesapeake, I held a variety of senior positions at ConocoPhillips in exploration, production, midstream, and gas marketing.

I received a chemical engineering degree from the University of Oklahoma, a master’s degree in business from Stanford University and an international director’s diploma from Sydney University. In 2011, I completed my doctorate of education at The George Washington University. 

I now teach at four local colleges and serve on multiple Boards, including the Energy Institute at the University of Oklahoma.

I like to be active in the community, enthusiastically supporting a variety of capacities that enhance education, beat cancer and contribute to the well being of children and families with special needs. I currently serve on the Boards of United Way of Central Oklahoma, United Way of Norman Oklahoma and Camp Blessing.

2. What does your role at the Energy Institute involve? 

I serve on the Board of Advisors for the OU Price College of Business Energy Institute and regularly participate in the coordination and development of the energy-related topics pertinent to the annual Energy Symposium. As an instructor and advisor for both the Price College of Business and the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy, I am involved in all aspects of energy-related education.

3. What do people have to look forward to in 2017?

The Energy Institute prides itself on leading the conversation on all aspects of energy-related challenges. In 2017, the Energy Symposium tackled controversial issues such as induced seismicity, water usage, produced water disposal and climate change. The Institute continues to lead the conversation with fact-based discussions of the science underpinning these important topics avoiding the often-polarized views of the political process.

4. In your opinion, what makes a Real Energy Leader?

A Real Energy Leader has a servant heart with a balanced commitment to shareholders, employees, the environment and the communities in which we work. The complexity of the industry lends itself to promote transformational changes driven by technological innovation, coupled with a disciplined commitment to flawless execution.

5. Why should people choose to study an energy program at the Price College of Business?

The most important reason to study an energy program at the OU Price College of Business is access to the most prestigious network of energy faculty, executives and alumni. The wealth of knowledge accessed through this unique network is unprecedented and clearly not available anywhere else in the world.

Do you want to take the next step to becoming a Real Energy Leader? Find more information here.

The OU Price College of Business Energy Institute mission is to be the prime mover in developing the energy industry leaders of tomorrow by offering truly energy focused leadership and learning programs for ambitious, forward-thinking individuals worldwide.

J. Mike Stice
J. Mike Stice

Mike Stice, Dean of Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy, is a University of Oklahoma alumnus and an energy leader with more than 35 years of industry experience. Stice is currently the chairman of the foundation board of Oklahoma Wesleyan University and serves on the board of advisors of the Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University. Stice gained his chemical engineering degree from OU in 1981 and then a master’s degree in business administration in 1995 from Stanford University, where he served as a Sloan fellow, and an international director’s diploma from Sydney University in 1997. In 2011, he completed his Doctorate of Education at the George Washington University.