At the 2018 Foster Bonanza, Oklahoma Wesleyan University is honoring two “Pioneers in Free Enterprise Fellows” who will be inducted into the Keating Center Pioneers Hall of Fame on October 11th. This year, OKWU has chosen to honor both a modern and a historic oilman who have both had a profound impact on the University.

The Pioneer in Free Enterprise Fellow is a designation given to celebrate key individuals who have been pioneers in the marketplace, the community, and in the Church. The Pioneers are defined as individuals who are leaders that “open or prepare–a way, a business or organization—and then set the stage for occupation or development by others”. In other words, pioneers go first. They are selfless, assertive, and forward thinking. They are bridge-builders, bringing others together and helping them flourish as well.

One of this year’s Fellows entering the Keating Center Pioneer Hall of Fame is the OKWU Foundation Board Chairman, Dr. J. Mike Stice. A dear friend of the University, Dr. Stice has led the Foundation Board since 2012. He was also a key leader in helping establish the Keating Center on OKWU’s Bartlesville campus, now home to the Chesapeake Energy School of Business.

“Dr. Mike Stice is a modern-day example of a corporate leader of integrity, business acumen, and entrepreneurial insight,” said Dr. Piper. “Mike is the poster child of what an OKWU Pioneer in Free Enterprise looks like.”

Dr. Stice has a long list of accomplishments as a highly successful businessman, as the retired CEO of Access Midstream (formerly Chesapeake Midstream Partners), and in various technical and managerial positions at ConocoPhillips. During his time at ConocoPhillips, Dr. Stice traveled the globe in executive roles such as President of ConocoPhillips Qatar, and Conoco Asia Pacific, Ltd. He also served as managing director of Conoco Australia. Today, he remains an active member of his community while serving on a number of boards in addition to being the Dean of the College of Earth and Energy at the University of Oklahoma.

The 2018 Bonanza, honoring Dr. Stice, historic oilman H.V. Foster, and OKWU President’s Award Recipient Dr. Stephen Babby, will be held at the Foster Ranch on the evening of October 11th. To learn more, purchase tickets, sponsor a table, or find other ways to help us thank this year’s honorees, visit