Duntons support petroleum engineering faculty through giving

Photo of David and Marti DuntonMarti and David Dunton of Dallas have made a gift to the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering in the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University.

Their $100,000 gift will establish the David ’85 and Marti Dunton Petroleum Engineering Faculty Support fund. The Duntons said they believe supporting faculty is the key to keeping the department of petroleum engineering competitive with other sought-after degree programs — not only throughout Texas A&M but across the country.

The gift will benefit those faculty members who are highly regarded in areas of teaching, research, outreach and community. Deserving faculty members will be selected at the discretion of both the department head and Noble Chair Dr. Dan Hill and the Duntons.

“As other schools grow their petroleum engineering departments significantly, Dr. Hill faces constant pressure to keep our department competitive,” Dunton said. “Marti and I thought it was important to recognize the value of recruiting and retaining the best professors in order to help Texas A&M retain the quality of its degree.”

David Dunton received his degree in petroleum engineering in 1985 from Texas A&M. He is the owner of Alpine Gas Company LLC in Dallas.

About the Dwight Look College of Engineering
With nearly 350 tenured/tenure-track faculty members and more than 11,000 students, the Look College is the second-largest engineering school in the country. The college is ranked sixth in graduate studies, eighth in undergraduate programs, and second in research expenditures among public institutions by U.S. News & World Report, with seven of the college’s 13 departments ranked in the Top 10. 

About the Texas A&M Foundation
The Texas A&M Foundation is a private nonprofit organization that solicits and manages investments in academics and leadership programs to enhance Texas A&M’s capability to be among the best universities. For more information on the Texas A&M Foundation and related giving opportunities, visit giving.tamu.edu.