Five Questions with Adam Clinton, Director of Operations at the Energy Institute

February 12, 2018

As we prepare for our 2018 Energy Symposium, meet Adam Clinton, director of operations for the OU Price College of Business Energy Institute. With such a key role at the Energy Institute, we wanted to get his insights on the upcoming energy initiatives and advantages of continuing education. Keep reading to find out more about this year’s Symposium topics and what the Energy Institute has in store for the upcoming year.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

As the director of operations for the Energy Institute, my primary responsibilities include short and long-term operational management of both online and in-class energy education programs. Prior to my current role, I was director of special events for the Price College of Business, joining the university in that position during the spring of 2009. In my spare time you can find me studying quite a bit, as I am currently a student in Price College’s Professional MBA Program at the Gene Rainbolt Graduate School of Business. I also serve on the board of Food & Shelter Inc., a non-profit organization serving Norman’s homeless population.

2. What does your role at the Energy Institute involve? 

I am the program administrator for the Executive MBA in Energy (EMBA) and Energy Executive Management Programs. Most of my job involves executing all non-academic aspects of the EMBA Program, which is a concierge-style MBA Program for experienced energy professionals. I also handle the operational and organizational aspects of the program, ensuring everything is running smoothly and efficiently, and ensuring all students and faculty have what they need so the program is a success. 

3. What do people have to look forward to from the Energy Institute in 2018?

People have a lot to look forward to in 2018. This year, our annual Energy Symposium will feature discussions on the topic, “The Future of Energy,” covering the future role of current technologies and assets, as well as new technologies and new energy sources. Each year, the guest speakers brought in for this event share fascinating insight and perspective on the industry, and 2018 looks to be no different. We’re also looking forward to the inaugural Energy Leadership Program beginning April 29 through May 3. In August, we will also welcome the 10th new EMBA cohort to campus, which is an exciting milestone!

4. In your opinion, what makes a Real Energy Leader?

A Real Energy Leader, in my experience, is someone who may be very knowledgeable but can always learn more from others, and expresses a yearn to know more about the parts of the energy industry they don’t already have experience with. Such well-rounded individuals also possess a selfless attitude that leads by example and understands they are only as good as the people around them.  

5. What values can a post-graduate program add to a career in the energy industry?

The energy industry is large, and most professionals only know about their own part of the entire energy value chain. A post-graduate degree or certificate can send a signal to your employer that you are serious about your career, learning more about your industry and moving up in your company. It can broaden your knowledge of the industry outside of your normal work environment. For instance, it would be beneficial to expose upstream individuals to downstream perspectives, hydrocarbon experience to someone in the nuclear sector, land to risk management, etc. A post-grad program can also assist with areas like working in teams, leadership training, and career management.

Learn more about the energy education initiatives offered by the Price College of Business Energy Institute.