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Gifts Established:

  • Gale and Laura Sullenberger Endowed Scholarship for CIS/Accounting | Est. 2017
brick engraved with name Gale and Laura Sullenberger

Gale and Laura Sullenberger

Dean Emeritus A. Gale Sullenberger inspired his colleagues and students in the Collins College of Business at The University of Tulsa from 1999 until 2018 through his distinguished service as Dean of the college and Professor of Computer Information Systems and Operations Management. Dr. Sullenberger was recognized with awards for his outstanding teaching while also publishing numerous papers in academic and professional journals.

Sullenberger’s leadership as dean resulted in many important developments within the college, including significant gifts to name the Collins College of Business and Helmerich Hall; a large increase in the college’s endowment; the addition of several new endowed chairs and professorships; the creation of the School of Energy Economics, Policy and Commerce; and the development of several new academic programs.

Dr. Sullenberger earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Oklahoma in engineering physics and industrial engineering. He served in high-level administrative positions in collegiate business programs at Washington State University, Bradley University, and the University of Arkansas, before arriving at TU for his long and productive tenure. He was inducted into the Arkansas Academy of Computing Hall of Fame in 2006.

Dr. Sullenberger’s wife, Laura Sullenberger, also enjoyed a successful career. A Tulsa native, Laura graduated from Central High School before attending and graduating from the University of Oklahoma, where she and Gale met in a calculus class. Mrs. Sullenberger earned an undergraduate degree in chemistry from OU, and she went to work as a research chemist in a laboratory before returning to school to earn a teaching certificate. She then taught chemistry, physics, biology and general science courses in Oklahoma and Virginia until the couple’s daughter, Jo Ann, was born.

Laura Sullenberger also was an active community volunteer, who worked as a museum docent and fundraiser for a number of charities. Upon returning to Tulsa in 1999, she devoted herself to caring for her elderly mother, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 107.

As educators, Gale and Laura Sullenberger recognize the importance of higher education as an avenue to a fulfilling life, and they have supported The University of Tulsa generously since 1999, fortifying an array of programs related to academics, athletics and community service.

In 2017, Dr. and Mrs. Sullenberger committed a significant estate gift to create The Gale and Laura Sullenberger Endowed Scholarship for CIS/Accounting. This scholarship program will provide important opportunities for future students majoring in CIS and Accounting in the college that Dr. Sullenberger led so well for nearly 20 years.