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Valero invests in OU’s Gallogly Hall
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The presentation of Valero Energy’s $1.5 million gift to Gallogly Hall construction became a minireunion among Valero leaders who all are fellow OU chemical engineering alums. From left are Gary Simmons, Jen Swenton, Jill Burns, Lane Riggs and Ken Applegate.




A $1.5 million invest­ment in the future of engineering educa­tion has ushered in a new relationship between the University of Okla­homa and Valero Energy Corp.

Valero recently made its initial gift to the OU Foundation for the construction of a first-floor lecture hall space in Gallogly Hall, which will become home to the Gallo­gly College of Engineering, the Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering and the OU Diver­sity and Inclusion Program.

The 70,000-square-foot en­gineering and research facility will open in fall 2019 and feature classrooms, research laboratories, collaborative learning spaces and a maker space.

“The university deeply appreci­ates this generous gift from Valero to such an important new aca­demic facility and program,” said OU President David L. Boren.

In recognition, the OU Board of Regents named the lecture hall in honor of Valero.

“I’m very proud of Valero’s investment in the University of Oklahoma, where the next gen­eration of engineers will have an excellent environment for learn­ing,” said Lane Riggs, a 1988 OU alumnus who serves as Valero’s executive vice president of refin­ing operations and engineering.

“We consider our employ­ees our greatest asset,” he added. “This is especially true in the area of engineering. Operating in a complex and dynamic environ­ment such as refining, we need the best and brightest to maintain our competitive advantage.”

The Valero Lecture Hall will be a flexible, multipurpose space that can be used as a classroom or for special events. Up to 100 peo­ple will be able to take advantage of the lecture hall’s advanced au­diovisual equipment, Internet ac­cessibility, projection screens and 70-inch display panels.

“With the continuing robust enrollment growth in OU engi­neering majors, Valero is making possible many more class sections for our students, conveniently held in the Engineering Quad­rangle,” said Gallogly College of Engineering Dean Thomas Land­ers. “The possibilities are exciting for this classroom to further build a sense of community among our students.”

OU’s Gallogly College of En­gineering features eight areas of study and is consistently ranked in the top third of U.S. engineering programs. The new Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineer­ing is placing the university in the forefront of a growing field and will help spur economic growth, attract top students, and enhance collaboration among OU’s three campuses.