from The Bridge: Spring/Summer 2011 issueBill Pritchard, chairman and CEO of lndigo Minerals, an oil and natural gas company in Houston, started his career after graduation as a geologist with Marathon Oil Company. He felt fortunate to go directly to work in the area that he majored in. "I use my geology training every day," he says. "How many people can say they use what they majored in on a daily basis?
"I owe so much of my success to W&L at large," he continues, "and to the Geology Department in particular. It is a great little department whose graduates are very accomplished. They are doing something right, and I thought that should be recognized."
To express that gratitude, Pritchard and his wife, Susanne, parents of Catherine Pritchard '13, established the William E. Pritchard III '80 Professorship in Geology with a $1.25 million gift matching the Lenfest Challenge. "This was a great opportunity that Gerry Lenfest was willing to match any donations," continues Pritchard. "I wanted to support the faculty with an endowment. W&L students have a special bond with the faculty, especially in the Geology Department. Attracting and retaining the best faculty is a top priority. That is what truly creates the best possible university, a university that is recognized on a national scale."