– Oklahoma State alumnus T. Boone Pickens has accepted a position on the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame national board of directors.
A 1951 graduate of Oklahoma A&M, Pickens joins Troy Aikman, William Battle, Timothy Cook, Robert L. Epling and Jim Nantz on the board of directors, which now stands at 47 members.
“It’s an honor to welcome these six individuals to our board,” said President & Steven J. Hatchell. “If you were to name the top leaders in collegiate athletics and our nation’s business communities, this group would be on everybody’s short list. Their combined business acumen and knowledge of collegiate athletics will greatly aid in our ability to carry out our mission as we greatly expand our efforts on all fronts.”
Pickens is the founder and chairman of BP Capital Management and is principally responsible for the formulation of the energy futures investment strategy of the BP Capital Commodity Fund and the BP Capital Equity Fund. BP Capital manages one of the nation’s most successful energy-oriented investment funds. Every $1 investors put into the commodity fund managed by BP Capital at its inception had a value of $46 million at yearend 2008, an annualized return of about 40 percent.
Pickens frequently utilizes his wealth of experience in the oil and gas industry in the evaluation of potential equity investments and energy sector themes. In July 2008, he launched a grass-roots campaign aimed at reducing this country’s crippling dependence on imported oil. In television ads, on his Pickens Plan website, and in personal appearances, he has spelled out how our dependence on foreign is an addiction that threatens our economy, our environment and our national security, and ties our hands as a nation and a people. He has spent the time since spelling out how this country can drag itself out of this quagmire, if it acts quickly and reasonably.
The was founded in 1947 with leadership and support from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl “Red” Blaik and renowned journalist Grantland Rice. It serves as a leading voice in the promotion of amateur football and its ability to develop the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, competitive zeal and the drive for academic achievement in America’s young people.
“Adding individuals of this caliber to our national board reinforces our role as a driving force in the promotion of amateur football from border-to-border and coast-to- coast,” said Chairman Archie Manning. “As we celebrate the NFF’s 63rd anniversary, this widely respected group of individuals will provide precious insight and guidance in our ability to promote everything right about our great game.”