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President Farley, Michael Clark and Jim Martin at Wake Up.

1983 alumnus Michael Clark spoke about his career at ONEOK and the production and delivery of natural gas to customers. Check out our photo album from Clark's visit on Facebook.

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If you missed Michael Clark's presentation, portions of it are available on the Alumni Association's YouTube page. You can also view videos of President Farley, David Sollars, Jim Martin and Merle Blair.

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Clark on natural gas production: From wellhead to burner tip

David Clark, Michael Clark and Ellen Clark at Wake Up.

By Ernie W. Webb III | ernie.webb@washburn.edu

Michael Clark considered it an honor to be asked to speak at Wake Up With Washburn, and his appreciation grew when he received a phone call from a fellow alumnus.

Joe Morris works in the same building and I got a call from him about being here today,” said Clark, an executive at ONEOK. “That showed me how much of an honor this is.”

Morris, a decorated attorney and judge who has worked in the oil and gas industry for decades, received bachelor of arts, juris doctor and honorary doctor of laws degrees from Washburn. Morris and Clark are members of the same fraternity: Phi Delta Theta.

Clark, who received a bachelor of business administration in accounting in 1983, spoke before nearly 100 attendees on Nov. 21 during the Alumni Association’s second edition of the 2013-14 breakfast lecture series.

The Kansas City, Mo., native and Tulsa resident is the vice president and controller for ONEOK, where he has worked since 1997 through the company’s acquisition of Kansas Gas Service.

Many of his former colleagues attended the event for his presentation, titled “Today’s Natural Gas Industry: From Wellhead to Burner Tip.”

“I’m not going to say I see a lot of old faces here, because that’d mean I’m old,” he said jokingly. “But I do see a lot of familiar faces. It’s good to see so many of you.”

Clark, who played basketball and golf at Washburn, spoke about the process of supplying natural gas to ONEOK customers, from production to transportation through pipelines spanning the United States.

You can view portions of Clark’s presentation, as well as remarks from President Jerry Farley, School of Business Dean David Sollars, Professor Jim Martin and emcee Merle Blair, by visiting the Alumni Association’s YouTube page.

Before working at ONEOK, Clark was the director of accounting and vice president of financial services at Kansas Gas Services. He also served as a controller and auditor at Westar Energy and Kansas Power and Light.

Clark is a certified management accountant and certified internal auditor who holds a certification in risk management assurance.

He is married to Tama Clark, and they have three children: Kathryn, David and Ellen. David and Ellen are Washburn students and attended their father’s presentation.

In conjunction with the School of Business, the Alumni Association has sponsored the breakfast lecture series since 1993.

Wake Up With Washburn is inspired by the accomplishments of alumni and a desire to provide a forum for their interaction with fellow members of the Washburn family and Topeka community.