ban MBA Energy

Energy MBA | Faculty, Instructors and Speakers

Learn from Industry Experts

In addition to the nationally recognized faculty at Neeley, you'll learn from industry experts with extensive top-level experience in the energy field, both as instructors and guest speakers.

Instructor Spotlights
Meet a few of the dedicated professionals who teach Energy MBA courses:

Palko Steffen

Steffen E. Palko, Ed.D.   MANA 70650 – Energy CEO Forum
Dr. Palko is co-founder of XTO Energy Inc., which became the largest producer of natural gas in the United States in 2009.  He served as the company’s president (1986-2005) and was instrumental in the growth of the company which was sold to ExxonMobil in 2009 for an estimated $31 billion in stock.  As a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, the company focuses on global development and production of unconventional resources.  Dr. Palko earned his Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) from TCU, where he has served as Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Educational Leadership since 2009.

Bates Tom Thomas Bates, Jr., Ph.DFINA 70610 – Energy Macroeconomics
Dr. Bates serves as Independent Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hercules Offshore Inc., a leading provider of offshore contract drilling, liftboat and inland barge services with operations spanning the globe.  He has held executive positions at numerous energy companies including Managing Director and Senior Advisor at Lime Rock Management LP, an energy-focused private equity firm; President of the Discovery Group, Baker Hughes Incorporated, an oilfield services company; President and Chief Executive Officer of Weatherford Enterra, Inc., an oilfield services company; President of Anadrill , Schlumberger Limited, an oilfield services company; and Vice President of Sedco Forex, Schlumberger.  Dr. Bates earned his Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Michigan, and has been an Adjunct Professor with the Neeley School of Business at TCU since January 2011.
Clum Brent Brent W. Clum    FINA 70620 – Energy Corporate Finance
Mr. Clum is Chief Financial Officer at MorningStar Partners LP, an energy company.  He served as the Treasurer and Vice President at XTO Energy Inc. Prior to XTO, he worked as a Portfolio Manager and Analyst at Luther King Capital Management, which he joined in 1999.  Mr. Clum holds both CPA and CFA certifications.
Ireland Ed

Ed Ireland, Ph.D.
Dr. Ireland is Associate Professor of Professional Practice in Energy, Economics and Finance. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the TCU Energy Institute and was a co-founder of the Metroplex Natural Gas Vehicle Consortium.  His 40-year oil and gas career includes serving as CEO of a natural gas pipeline and marketing company and CFO of an oil and gas exploration company.  He became the founding Executive Director of the Barnett Shale Energy Education Council in 2007, an organization that provides energy education in the Barnett Shale region of North Texas.  As an industry expert, he acts as spokesperson for the Barnett Shale, as well as being a community and media representative. He earned his PhD. in Economics from Texas Tech and acted as Head of the Economics Department at Clemson University.


Guest Speakers
Drawing from their wealth of energy relationships, our faculty and instructors frequently bring top-level guest speakers to interact with our students in and out of the classroom.  A few recent examples include:

  • John Pinkerton, Director/Chairman of the Board, Range Resources
  • Steve Antry, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Eagle Energy
  • Tom Seng, Director of Natural Gas Trading, Director of Risk Management, Superior Pipeline Company, LLC



Neeley Faculty

MBA core and elective classes will be taught by the Neeley School’s faculty of internationally respected, experienced scholars. Our faculty members are sought-after business consultants, sit on corporate boards, have owned their own businesses or have held influential positions with leading companies. Most importantly, they are talented educators who help students discover new ways of looking at business, the world and themselves.   

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