J. Mark Lester

Delta Delta: 1975

Election Date: 2013

In recognition of your remarkable career in the oil and natural gas industry as an exploration geologist and geophysicist for 33 years until your retirement in 2010 as Chesapeake Energy Corporation’s vice president of exploration, where you helped grow Chesapeake from a small company with eight employees and zero production to one that was the second largest natural gas producer in the U.S. with a market cap at more than $15 billion and 800 employees; and in honor of your part time work as an energy industry consultant from 1989-2010.

And as a tribute to your service on the boards of the Oklahoma Geological Foundation and the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics.