Richard E. “Rick” Muncrief, Oklahoma State ’80, earned a bachelor of science in petroleum engineering technology. During his time at OSU, Muncrief was a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Oklahoma Beta Chapter of Phi Delta Theta.
Muncrief is the chairman and CEO of WPX Energy. He has guided nearly $11 billion in mergers and acquisition activity to significantly strengthen WPX’s oil profile. The company closed 2019 up 21 percent and increased its net value by 70 percent with increased cash flow from operations. Prior to WPX, Muncrief served in leadership and technical roles at Continental Resources, ConocoPhillips, Burlington Resources and their predecessors.
He has been inducted into the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology Hall of Fame in 2019 and named the 2017 Permian Basin Leader of the Year by The Houston Association of Petroleum Landmen. He also received recognition as Hart Publishing’s 2017 Executive of the Year. Brother Muncrief was recognized in 2020 with Oklahoma State’s Distinguished Alumnus title for his outstanding contributions to the university and distinction in his career.
In addition to his professional success, Muncrief volunteers his time through several different organizations. He served as past chairman of the American Exploration & Production Council, and he is currently serving on the board for the American Petroleum Institute, the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce and the Gilcrease Museum. He is also a supporter of Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy. In 2015, Muncrief was vocal in the fight to life the crude oil export ban, testifying before the Senate Banking Committee.
Muncrief currently resides in Edmond, Oklahoma, with his wife, Gail. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and golfing. He is a life member of the OSU Alumni Association.