Executive in Residence
2007 Past Lecturer
Mr. Keith Bailey
Bailey served as the president and chief executive officer of Tulsa-based energy giant Williams Companies from 1992 until his retirement in 2002.
Prior to becoming president, he served in several other positions at Williams, including Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration, President of the Williams Natural Gas Company, and President of the Williams Pipe Line Company. In addition he served on the company’s board of directors from 1988 to 2002.
Bailey has a long history of service in business and community organizations. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Apco Argentina, Integrys Energy, Aegis, and MarkWest Energy Partners. In addition, he gave the annual Carl G. and Gladys L. Herrington Distinguished Endowed Lecture at RSU in 2000.
He is a 1964 mechanical engineering graduate of the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy, which is now known as the University of Missouri – Rolla (UMR). He also has received a Professional Degree and an Honorary Doctor of Engineering from UMR. In 1978, he completed the Harvard University Program for Management Development.
Bailey served on the board and as chairman of several charities and universities including the University of Tulsa, the University of Missouri- Rolla, Tulsa Area United Way and Philbrook Museum of Art. He has received many awards and recognitions including the Marriott School of Business International Executive of the Year, CEO Magazine’s Energy CEO of the Year and the Tulsa Sports Commission Sportsman of the Year.