The University of Oklahoma acts as a steward of privately contributed resources, ensuring that they
are used in compliance with donor intent and maintained separately from public funds. When these
gifts are placed in endowments, they provide for the University of Oklahoma in perpetuity.
Endowments are governed by an Agreement which ensures adherence to donor intent. This session
discusses scholarship endowments and their governance.
Jana Moring, Assistant Vice President for Communications and Donor Services
In her role at the Foundation, Jana Moring oversees communication strategies and the overall donor
services and donor relations for the OU Foundation. No stranger to OU, or the Foundation, Moring
served as the director of donor relations for the Foundation since 2010. She has also worked for OU
as the development officer in charge of major gifts for the Michael F. Price College of Business,
and as a writing and research specialist for the central Office of Development.
Prior to Moring’s work at the OU Foundation, she served for three years as a development officer with
Pioneer Library System in Oklahoma, as well as an adjunct professor of business communication in
Price College. Moring earned both her BA in English and her master’s in library and information
studies from OU. In 2008, she obtained classification as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).
She also holds a certificate in non-profit executive leadership from the Indiana University Lilly
Family School of Philanthropy.
Trent Wells, Chief Financial Officer
As chief financial officer, Trent Wells oversees financial reporting and accounting for the OU
Foundation. Wells has two degrees from the Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma,
receiving his BBA in Accounting in 1998 and his Master of Accountancy in 1999.
Wells is a certified public accountant and worked at Arthur Anderson and Ernst & Young prior to
arriving at the Foundation in 2003.
Having grown up in Norman, Wells and his wife of 21 years have 4 children. He enjoys coaching youth
sports and serves on two boards overseeing the youth baseball/softball, basketball, football and
volleyball leagues and tournaments.