Richard C. Marquardt Jr. named Founding Dean of School of Petroleum and Natural Gas
Appointment recognizes Marquardt’s ongoing role in making the School a world-class institution to educate future employees of the oil and gas industry nationally
SCRANTON, Pa. – In recognition of his years of service to Lackawanna College and its expanding degree programs aimed at educating workers interested in careers in the petroleum and natural gas industry, the College has named Rick Marquardt, of Clarks Green, Pa., as the Founding Dean of the School of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
Since joining the College in 2010 as the instructing Petroleum Engineer, Marquardt also served as the Director of Energy Programs and as Executive Director of the School of Petroleum and Natural Gas before being named its Founding Dean in December 2014.
Marquardt has enjoyed a successful 30-year career record of leading technical manufacturing, engineering, operations management, product launches, and more including his work in petroleum engineering and production engineering in Texas and New Mexico. He held positions as chief operating officer, senior executive vice president, and chief executive officer of various national and international organizations. He has also been heavily engaged in the Marcellus Shale gas industry through previous work with Conservation Services, LLC, and PetroConservation, LLC, which are both based in Clarks Summit, Pa.
Under his leadership, the College transitioned from offering one natural gas technology degree and compression certificate program to forming the School of Petroleum and Natural Gas with four degree programs enrolling more than 130 students.
Marquardt’s attention to academic quality and his ability to create and maintain a rigorous but practical engineering -based curriculum truly sets Lackawanna College apart from other training providers, a fact well-recognized by the many industry partners who offer the School financial support, internship opportunities, and equipment donations.
Marquardt’s strong industry relationships and the unparalleled academic reputation he has built enabled the School to receive a $2.5 million gift from Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation in April 2014, marking both the largest donation ever in the company’s history and the largest single private donation in the 120-year history of Lackawanna College.