August 19, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The University of Alaska Foundation’s Board of Trustees has a new board member--ConocoPhillips External Affairs Vice President Wendy King.
Trustees elected King to a one-year term on the board in June.
Foundation President Mary Rutherford said King’s professional background and education as an engineer adds a new area of professional strength to the Foundation Board. “Wendy’s breadth of international corporate experience is a great addition to the Board of Trustees,” Rutherford said.
King served as manager for North Slope gas development and was directly involved with the corporation’s recent commitment of $15 million toward the new sciences laboratory and classroom facility at UAA, set to open in fall 2009. The bulk of the donation will create an endowment that will benefit arctic science and engineering at UAA in perpetuity.
“I am honored to be elected to the University of Alaska Foundation Board of Trustees and look forward to working with the members of the Board,” King said. “It is important to our company and to me personally that the University of Alaska continues to provide the best educational opportunities for its students statewide.”
Foundation Board Chair Ann Parrish said, “Wendy’s commitment to and support of public higher education will be a strong addition to the Board of Trustees as well as the University and the citizens of Alaska.”
King began her career as a petroleum engineer with Conoco Inc. in 1990 and has held leadership positions in the exploration and production side of the industry. After working in engineering positions, both in the U.S. and internationally, she returned to Houston in 1999 to work in the Upstream Strategy and Portfolio Management function. In 2001, she was made an exploration and appraisal supervisor for deepwater Nigeria.
With the merger of Conoco and Phillips in 2002, King was transferred to ConocoPhillips Alaska to work on bringing Alaska natural gas to market. Wendy began her role as the external affairs vice president for ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc. in February 2008.
King received a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo. She serves on the United Way of Anchorage Board of Directors and the Fire and Ice Committee for Covenant House Alaska. She lives with her husband and two young children in Anchorage.