WICHITA FALLS – Midwestern State University continues an impactful relationship with a longtime Wichita Falls family with the founding of the Robert L. Bolin Graduate School of Petroleum Geology.
The university announced the creation Wednesday, detailing a new master’s degree in the field of petroleum geology.
Robert L. Bolin, a native Wichitan, joined his father, D.H. Bolin, in the family’s oil business in 1948, according to a university news release. Robert later formed R.L. Bolin Properties, and the family still operates the firm with offices in Wichita Falls and Midland.
“The addition of the program to the university’s curriculum comes at a time in which a significant number of geologists currently working in oil and gas exploration near retirement and new generations stand to be educated,” said MSU President Dr. Jesse Rogers in a written statement. Rogers added that the program’s study of environmental science, hydrology and mining for rare elements — academic disciplines come as the industry experiences considerable growth in recent years.
The program will begin in the fall of 2015, offering students two different pathways for completion of the degree — a five-year program encapsulating a bachelor’s and master’s curriculum; and a traditional two-year program for students holding undergraduate degrees in geology or a related field.
The founding of the graduate program follows the family’s generous gift in 2012 of state-of-the-art equipment for the Robert L. Bolin Geology Laboratory; the establishment of the Robert L. Bolin Distinguished Professor of Petroleum Geology, currently held by Dr. Scott Meddaugh; and support for the construction of the Dalquest Desert Research Station in the Chihuahua Desert.
The Bolin gift, Rogers stated, “has served as the genesis for the revival of petroleum science at the university, as suggested in the recent addition of a petroleum engineering specialty to the curriculum of the McCoy School of Engineering and an energy management component to the MBA degree in the Dillard College of Business Administration.
“We are, indeed, grateful for the multiple ways in which the Bolin initiative has enhanced the academic programming at Midwestern State.”
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