Board of Trustees


Doug Fears served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Helmerich & Payne, Inc., a NYSE-listed Tulsa-based contract drilling company. Helmerich & Payne, Inc., is one of the largest land rig contractors in the United States and also operates in numerous countries around the world. Mr. Fears retired from the company in the spring of 2010 after more than 23 years of service.

Mr. Fears received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma and Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Mr. Fears is also a member of the Board of Directors of U.S. Payments, LLC, a privately held financial technology company.

Mr. Fears is co-founder of Stand in the Gap, a nonprofit ministry that trains churches to equip their members to help needy individuals experience significant long-term life change through active and consistent Christian discipleship. The organization now serves numerous churches in four states. Doug and Jill attend Christian Chapel Assembly of God and have three married sons and three granddaughters.