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Oxy exec to address CSUB grad students
 
September 16, 2005
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138,
jloveless@csub.edu

John W. Morgan, executive vice-president of Occidental Petroleum Corp. in Los Angeles, will visit California State University, Bakersfield on Friday, Sept. 30, to address graduate students in the School of Business and Public Administration.

Morgan’s visit is part of the Executive Briefing program introduced by Henry Lowenstein, dean of School of Business and Public Administration. The program previously brought Richard Kovacevich, Wells Fargo Bank president and CEO; Stephen Lyons, Ford Motor Co. vice president and president of the Ford Division; Paul Orfalea, founder of Kinko’s; and California Treasurer Phil Angelides to the campus.

Morgan will give behind-the-scenes insight on the restructuring strategy that propelled Occidental from modest success to one of the top performers in its peer group, with the local Elk Hills oil-and-gas field as a significant component of its successful turnaround.

“It’s a very important strategy to have major speakers share their experiences with our students and with Bakersfield community members,” Lowenstein said. “And these visits create opportunities for faculty, staff and students. Companies such as Occidental invest in the excellence of our programs. These executives see our students, like them, and start hiring them.”

Morgan joined Occidental in 1984 after nine years with Olin Corp. He has subsequently held a number of management positions of increasing responsibility at Occidental and played a significant role in the company’s restructuring strategy. In his current position as President-Western Hemispheres of oil and gas operations, he oversees the company’s U.S. and Latin America oil and gas assets. He also serves as an executive vice president and corporate officer of the parent company, Occidental Petroleum Corp.

Morgan received his bachelor of science and master of science degrees from Kansas State University.

The lecture will take place at the Business Development Center in room 153 at 11 a.m. For more information, please contact Lowenstein at (661) 654-2157.

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