Center for Christianity in Business Networking Event

The HBU Archie W. Dunham College of Business and the Center for Christianity in Business invite all business professionals to our next CCB Networking Luncheon…

Friday, January 26, 2018, 12-2 p.m.

McNair Hall and Belin Chapel in the Morris Cultural Arts Center on the campus of Houston Baptist University.


Guest speaker:

Archie W. Dunham

Archie W. Dunham

Chairman Emeritus of Chesapeake Energy and (retired) chairman of ConocoPhillips
(Interviewer: Dr. Robert B. Sloan, President of HBU)



About the speaker…

Archie Dunham’s life began in Oklahoma.  For the first five years, his family moved from oil town to oil town.  He was the eldest of two boys raised with love by hard-working parents who set the tone for a strong work ethic for both boys.  When his father passed away at an early age of cancer, Archie’s mother picked up the torch to provide for her family by working and attending nursing school in her 50’s and she continued working well into her 70’s.

With such strong examples to follow, Archie developed the character necessary to appreciate the value of hard work at an early age.  He began working when he was very young selling garden seeds and pears door to door.  By the time Archie was eight, he made $1 a day mowing neighborhood lawns and cleaning vacant lots.  The following year, he began delivering papers for the Ada Evening News.  In high school, Archie participated in band, choir, baseball and various leadership organizations.  Archie always knew that he would go to college, although he was the first in his family to do so.  He also knew that he would attend the University of Oklahoma, and he helped pay for his education at OU by spending his summers laboring on highway construction jobs.  He graduated in 1960 with a degree in geological engineering and also received his commission as a second lieutenant in the Marines.  He married his childhood sweetheart, Linda, two days later.

Mr. Dunham’s first job after graduation was as an oilfield roughneck on a deep gas well in southern Oklahoma.  Three months later he headed to Quantico, Virginia to serve his country with the United States Marine Corps for the next four years.  Archie developed an interest in finance and economics during his time as a Marine and later returned to the University of Oklahoma to pursue his MBA.  He finished at the top of his MBA class and was recruited by seventeen companies, ultimately choosing to join Conoco as an engineer in January 1966.  Archie continued to further his education, first by completing the Harvard Middle Management Course in 1973 and later the Stanford Senior Management Program in 1984.

Mr. Dunham is the chairman emeritus of Chesapeake Energy, the second largest natural gas producer in the United States and the retired chairman of the board of ConocoPhillips.  He was elected president and CEO of Conoco in 1996, served as chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Conoco starting in 1999 and became chairman of ConocoPhillips in 2001.  Dunham was instrumental in orchestrating Conoco’s IPO separation from DuPont in 1998, the largest in U.S. history at the time, and in negotiating the merger of equals between Conoco Inc. and Phillips in 2001 which created the third largest energy company in America and the fifth largest in the world.  He currently serves on the boards of directors of Chesapeake Energy Corporation and Cool Planet Energy Systems Inc.  Previously, Mr. Dunham served on the Boards of Directors of Conoco Inc., ConocoPhillips, Douglas Oil Company of California, Consol Energy, DuPont, Phelps Dodge Corporation, Union Pacific Corporation, Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, Bell Atlantic-Delaware, Chase Bank of Texas, the JPMorgan Chase Advisory Board and the Deutsche Bank Advisory Board.

As chairman of Conoco and ConocoPhillips, Dunham was active in several professional, business and advisory organizations, serving on the boards of directors of the American Petroleum Institute, the National Petroleum Council, The Business Round Table, the U.S. Russia Business Council, the United States Energy Association, the Business Council, Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, the President’s Critical Infrastructure Advisory Commission, the George H.W. Bush Library Foundation, the Commission on National Energy Policy, the CEO Forum, and the National Board of the Smithsonian Institution.  He is the past chairman of the National Association of Manufacturers, the United States Energy Association and the National Petroleum Council.  In 2005, he was appointed by President Bush to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.

In 1998, Dunham was recognized by the World Affairs Council as Houston’s International Citizen of the Year and inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.  In 2000, Dunham was recognized by the New York Mercantile Exchange as CEO of the Year for Global Vision in Energy, presented the International Achievement Award by B’nai B’rith, and recognized by the Cherokee Nation for his service to the country.  He was presented the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Horatio Alger Award for Distinguished Americans in 2001 and was recognized as a “Legend of the Industry” in 2003.  In 2004, Dunham was recognized by the Greater Houston Partnership as the International Executive of the Year, and he was presented the John Rogers Award for a career of extraordinary professional and civic achievements in 2006.  Also in 2006, he was inducted into the Offshore Energy Center Hall of Fame.   The U.S. Marine Corps recognized Archie with its highest honor, The Globe and Anchor Award, in 2011.  The most meaningful award he has ever received was being named Houston’s Father of the Year in 1998.

Locally, Dunham is a past member of the board of directors for Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, and a senior member of the board of visitors of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.  He is a past trustee of the Houston Symphony, the Houston Forum, the Greater Houston Partnership, and the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast, and senior chairman and past president of the Houston Grand Opera.

In 2005, Mr. Dunham formed Dunham Enterprises LLC, a Houston real estate development company, to develop an eleven hundred home residential community named Stone Creek Ranch in Cypress, Texas.  In 2007, Dunham purchased a 1,325 acre tract in Northwest Houston where he plans to develop a large residential and commercial development named Dunham Pointe.

Archie has served as a board member of OU’s Gallogly College of Engineering Board of Visitors and is a past trustee of the OU Foundation.  He and Linda have endowed significant scholarships in business and engineering, as well as supported the construction of OU facilities including the Archie Dunham Leadership Center, the Dunham Leadership Center in the College of Engineering and, most recently, the Dunham Residential College.  The Dunham’s have also been tremendously generous to Houston Baptist University which has resulted in various landmarks within the campus named in their honor that attest to their strong Christian faith and values, including the Dunham College of Business, Dunham Field, the Linda and Archie Dunham Theater and the Dunham Bible Museum.

Archie has been honored by both OU’s Price College of Business and Gallogly College of Engineering as a distinguished graduate and received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from OU in 1999.  He is also the recipient of the Regents’ Alumni Award and an inductee of the Seed Sower Society at OU.  Houston Baptist University granted him an honorary doctor of humane letters degree in 2003, a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010, the Lifetime Achievement in Christian Leadership Award in 2013 and the President’s Award in 2014.

Archie and Linda are the proud parents of three wonderful children – Steven, Laura and Cary – eight fabulous grandchildren and three unbelievably smart and beautiful great-grandchildren.  Archie has been married to his childhood sweetheart, Linda, for over 57 years.  Archie and Linda are members of the Second Baptist Church of Houston, but also attend the Community of Faith Church in Hockley, Texas.



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