Montana Tech Alum Donates to Student Success Center

Montana Tech alumnus Pat O’Brien has made donations and pledges totaling $520,000 to Montana Tech’s Student Success Center (SSC). Mr. O’Brien is a great supporter of the university. His lifetime giving to Montana Tech totals just over a million dollars.
“My time at Montana Tech allowed me the opportunity to learn to be a leader, teammate, and receive a high quality education,” noted O’Brien. “As a young boy growing up in Whitehall, Montana Tech provided me a tremendous opportunity to change my stars just a short 30 miles away. Like many of my fellow alumni, I am passionate in my support for Montana Tech because it has given me the opportunity to live an extraordinary life. The SSC will allow Montana Tech to recruit and retain students and provide them the opportunity to live extraordinary lives, too.”

Pat graduated with a Petroleum Engineering degree from Montana Tech in 1973. He began his career in the oil and gas industry in Casper Wyoming as an Engineer for Dowell. He then worked primarily in the Rocky Mountain region in various engineering positions with Dowell, and also Colorado Interstate Gas, and Montana Power.

Beginning in 1981, Pat, along with a couple of excellent business partners, co-founded several small private oil and gas related companies based in Denver Colorado. In 2002, Pat was the co-founder of America Oil and Gas, Inc., a small public oil and gas company whose main area of focus was the Powder River Basin of Wyoming and the Bakken formation in North Dakota. He served as President and CEO for eight years until AOGI’s sale to Hess Corporation in 2010.

Currently Pat is an investor and Board member to Extraction Oil & Gas, as well as an investor and board member of Elk Meadows Energy Corporation both based in Denver, CO.

Pat continues to be an advocate and ambassador for Montana Tech giving generously of his time and finances. Pat received the Petroleum Department Alumni Recognition Award in 2002, the Distinguished Alumni award in 2014, is a member of the Chancellor’s Roundtable and currently serves as the Chair of the Montana Tech Foundation Board of Directors.

“Pat O’Brien completely embodies what a Montana Tech Oredigger is,” said Joe McClafferty, President of the Montana Tech Foundation. “He is passionate and believes in the mission and vision of Montana Tech. Pat believes in providing students with grit and the opportunity to change their stars at Montana Tech. We are extremely grateful for his constant generosity and leadership.”

O’Brien added, “The Montana Tech campus is transforming largely due to alumni giving back. Over 90% of the philanthropic support for the SSC has come from alumni. It is obvious Orediggers are up to the challenge of making Montana Tech great. I am proud to call myself a Montana Tech Oredigger.”