Gary Bartlett Family Funds Program

NATURAL GAS DISCOVERY: Displaying the generous $150,000 check to the Natural Gas Compression program at OSUIT are, from left, Dr. Robert Klabenes, OSU Institute of Technology president; Jim Marcotte, New Orleans GPA Chapter; Harvey Hensley, GPSA president; Mark Sutton, GPA executive director and Gary Bartlett, representing the Bartlett family.

DANIEL C. CAMERON for GTR Newspapers

Two prominent Oklahoma-based entities combined resources to present a $150,000 check to Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology (OSUIT) in Okmulgee Dec. 2 for the long-term benefit of the school’s Natural Gas Compression Program.

The Gas Processors Suppliers Association () accounted for half the donation with the balance being contributed by the Bartlett family of Bartlett Equipment Co. Both are Tulsa corporations with long and historic ties to the state and region’s natural gas industry. The donation will be used to create an endowment earmarked to provide scholarships for students enrolled in the Natural Gas Compression Program.

The Natural Gas Compression Program is the largest on the school’s campus and boasts a 100 percent employment rate for those who successfully complete the training. The funding is expected to provide qualified, trained technicians into the midstream industry for years to come.

On hand to make the presentation included Bartlett family members Gary Bartlett and Mrs. Pete Bartlett, along with several officers of and the Gas Processors Association (). Receiving the check was OSUIT president Dr. Robert Klabenes and the program’s division chair, Steve Doede.

Gas Processors Association () is the non-profit trade association for the natural gas industry. Its member companies produce, process, gather, transport and market natural gas and natural gas liquids. The organization is headquartered in Tulsa, where it began in 1921.

Institute of Technology (OSUIT) was previously known as -Okmulgee. OSUIT’s programs of study lead to Associate in Applied Science degrees, Associate in Science transfer degrees and Bachelor of Technology degrees. The campus is known for hands-on technical education, world-class equipment and unique partnerships with industry.

Mr. F.M. “Pete” Bartlett (1920-1986), an alumnus, was a prominent engineer, businessman, civic leader and philanthropist. The Bartlett Center on Stillwater’s campus is named in honor of the Bartlett family. Gary Bartlett is president of the Tulsa-based Bartlett Equipment Co. that his father founded in 1951.

Updated 01-15-2010

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