Madison to Receive Montana Tech Honorary Doctorate Degree

Madison to Receive Montana Tech Honorary Doctorate Degree


Mr. William F. Madison, retired Marathon Oil executive, will receive an honorary doctorate of science degree from Montana Tech during the university’s 112th commencement ceremony. Montana Tech’s commencement is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2012 in Alumni Coliseum.

"We are pleased to honor Mr. Madison with the highest honor Montana Tech bestows," explained Montana Tech Chancellor Donald Blackketter. "He had a very successful career with Marathon Oil and has given of his time, talent, and resources to better Montana Tech. He is very deserving of this recognition."

Madison, a Butte native, graduated with a bachelor of science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Montana Tech in 1965. After graduating from Montana Tech, Mr. Madison went to work for Marathon Oil Company where he remained until retirement in 2000. He had an exemplary career for over 35 years with Marathon Oil serving in managerial positions in numerous worldwide locations and retiring with the title of Senior Vice President.

According to Petroleum Engineering Department Head Leo Heath, "Mr. Madison’s financial contributions to Montana Tech and his assistance in locating other contributors were critical in securing the necessary industry funding to construct the Natural Resources building on our campus."

Mr. Madison has received many awards and honors over the years from Montana Tech. He received Montana Tech’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1991 and has served several terms on the Board of Directors of the Montana Tech Foundation. He also served as Interim President of the Foundation during the time a new president was being sought.

Montana Tech has awarded two previous doctorate degrees. The award is presented to individuals who:

  • have achieved a level of distinction which merit comparable recognition in his or her profession or area of excellence.
  • have an association with the State of Montana. This association may be by virtue of birth, of residence, of education, of service to the state, the Montana University System, or one of the campuses of the System.
  • will reflect favorably on Montana Tech, the Montana University System, and the State of Montana.

In 2011, the doctoral degree was awarded to Montana Tech alum Tom Dyk. Frank Gardner received an honorary doctorate of science in 2010.