Dr. M. W. Scoggins was appointed the Colorado School of Mines’ 16th president in June 2006. He also serves as a Research Professor in the Department of Petroleum Engineering. Prior to coming to Mines, Dr. Scoggins had over 34 years experience in the global oil and gas business with Mobil and ExxonMobil.
Dr. Scoggins received his undergraduate education at the University of Tulsa, where he was in the Petroleum Engineering honors program and was a member of Tau Beta Pi. He received his Master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and returned to the University of Tulsa for his Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering.
Dr. Scoggins began his career with Mobil in 1970 and had assignments throughout the United States, as well as in The Hague, Jakarta, Indonesia and London. He was president of International E & P and Global Exploration and a member of the executive committee of Mobil Oil prior to its merger with Exxon in late 1999.
Following the merger, he served as executive vice president of ExxonMobil Production Company until his retirement in 2004. Dr. Scoggins was elected to the University of Tulsa Board of Trustees in 2005 and served on the executive committee; the finance, investment and audit committee; and the faculty and curriculum committee until accepting the presidency at Mines. Dr. Scoggins was inducted into the College of Engineering’s Hall of Fame in 1998.
Dr. Scoggins serves on the Board of Directors for QEP Resources, a natural gas and oil exploration and production company; Cobalt International Energy, an independent oil exploration and production company focusing on deep water Gulf of Mexico and offshore west Africa; and Laredo Petroleum, an independent energy company focused on the exploration, development and acquisition of oil and natural gas properties in the Permian and Mid-Continent regions of the U.S.
Dr. Scoggins and his wife, Karen, reside in the President’s Residence on the Colorado School of Mines campus. They have three adult sons: Dr. Robert M. Scoggins of Denver, Michael R. Scoggins of Tulsa, and James A. Scoggins of Houston.