Oil and Gas Developer Will Share His Story in Business—and Austin College History
Dallas businessman Jerome Fullinwider, an international oil and gas exploration and development leader as well as a descendant of one of Austin College’s first trustees, will present “Family Ties: A Conversation with Jerome M. Fullinwider” as part of Homecoming weekend at the College Friday, October 24, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in IDEA Center, Room 127. The event is free and open to the public.
Fullinwider received an honorary doctoral degree from Austin College in May 2013. His great-great grandfather Peter H. Fullinwider was a founding trustee of Austin College in 1849 and was an early Presbyterian missionary to the wilds of the Texas frontier. Peter Fullinwider’s son, Jacob and a graduate of Austin College and great-grandfather of Jerome, also served as a trustee of the College and continued a family history with the College.
The Homecoming speaker, Jerome Fullinwider, began his long and distinguished career in oil and gas with Standard Oil of Ohio and later was general manager with Cherry Brothers in Dallas. He founded and leads several companies, including HKN Energy, V-F Petroleum, and V-F-Russia. He is founder and vice chair of Hillwood International Energy, an oil and gas exploration firm with offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Moscow, and Amman He also serves as a visiting lecturer in economics and entrepreneurship at the Russian American Institute in Moscow.
Graduating from the U.S. Naval School of Justice, Fullinwider served with the U.S. Navy in Korea and China, retiring as a lieutenant. He earned his bachelor’s degree at SMU and holds an honorary doctorate from Northwood University.
For 52 years, Fullinwider has been active as a founding board member of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He has served on many other boards including National Center for Policy Analysis, Northwood University, Abell-Hanger Foundation, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Baylor Health Care System Foundation, and Highland Park Presbyterian Church.