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The KBH Energy Center’s Energy Management Program

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KBH Energy Center


The founder and leader of Oklahoma City’s Mekusukey Oil Company, Duke Ligon is an attorney with experience in the energy sector. A resident of Oklahoma City, Duke Ligon also serves as a cochair of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business (KBH Energy Center).

Cofounded by the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business and School of Law, the KBH Energy Center offers a range of courses to undergraduate and postgraduate law and business students, including its Energy Management Program. This program, available to undergraduate business students, focuses on technological advances in various areas of the energy sector, such as deep-water initiatives and wind power.

The Energy Management Program aims to equip students with the leadership tools they will need to meet the challenges presented by the ever-evolving energy sector. Participants study geoscience, business, law, and petroleum operations, in addition to undertaking elective coursework modules that focus on topics including alternative energy, sustainable development, and energy trading.

Melvin Moran – Portrait of an Oklahoma Philanthropic Leader

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Melvin Moran

Oklahoma City-based Duke Ligon is the head of Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC, and a board member of several other energy-focused companies. Outside of work, Duke Ligon supports numerous nonprofit art and cultural organizations and is a member of the board of directors of Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum in Seminole, Oklahoma, an organization that promotes learning through play.

The museum’s co-founder, Melvin Moran, is the subject of a 2010 biography published by the Oklahoma Heritage Association and promoted by the museum. Entitled Moving Heaven and Earth – The Life of Melvin Moran, the book details the life of a man who experienced the Great Depression as a child and later achieved prominence in the oil and gas industry.

Moran, a Seminole resident for most of his life, is the son of European Jewish immigrants. He served with the United States Air Force and met the woman who became his wife while stationed in London. Although Melvin and Jasmine Moran made central Oklahoma their home, their influence extends around the world.

The Morans were the major fundraising force behind the creation of one of the first museums in the country dedicated to the needs and interests of children. A quarter of a century after its creation, the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum continues to provide enriching experiences through its interactive replica of a functioning town, complete with opportunities for children to engage in pretend play as doctors, firefighters, government officials, and many other professions.

Oklahoma City Museum of Art Announces New Saint John’s Bible Exhibit

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Saint John’s Bible Exhibit

Duke Ligon maintains a position on several directorial boards for community organizations and agencies in the oil and energy industry. Furthermore, Duke Ligon serves as an officer on the board of trustees for the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA), which will open Sacred Words, an exhibit on the Saint John’s Bible and the Art of Illumination, in October 2016.

Featuring a collection of 70 folio pieces from the Saint John’s Bible, Scared Words will include a number of original, unbound illuminated manuscripts on calfskin vellum, in addition to sketches, tools, and drawings used to create it. It will display all 73 books of the New and Old Testament presented through seven volumes of approximately 1,150 pages. The museum will also incorporate a selection of historical documents and illuminated manuscripts such as the Book of Hours, Torah scrolls, and Quran pages. Additionally, the first monumental-sized Bible commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in the modern era will serve as the exhibit’s centerpiece.

Queen Elizabeth Crown scribe and calligrapher Donald Jackson directed the creation of the Saint John’s Bible with the help of 23 artists, scribes, and assistants. A committee of scholars, artists, and theologians from the Minnesota-based Saint John’s University also provided guidance for theological aspects of the project. The Bible also incorporates a number of its medieval predecessor characteristics that include gold-leaf gilding, natural inks, and hand-ground pigments.

The Sacred Words exhibit will open to the public on October 15, 2016, and run until January 8, 2017.