Williams Announces $2.5 Million Higher Education Donation to Center Of Excellence

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Williams

    TULSA, Okla., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Williams (NYSE:   WMB) announced
 today it will give $2.5 million to the Center of Excellence in Information
 Technology & Telecommunications.  With a $2 million match from the Oklahoma
 Regents for Higher Education expected, the gift would mean $4.5 for the
 Oklahoma universities.
     Williams has earmarked the funding to go to the following COE
 universities:
     -- Oklahoma State University, Tulsa
     -- Oklahoma University, Tulsa
     -- University of Tulsa
 
     Williams made the donation through the Center of Excellence to ensure the
 collaboration among the universities.  As a result, these universities have
 committed to work together to provide technical curriculums, programs and
 initiatives that foster development of the kinds of students needed by all
 Oklahoma businesses, said Michael Johnson, Williams' senior vice president of
 human resources.
     This is the first of other higher education announcements Williams expects
 to make this year to help the state reach its full potential as part of
 Williams Critical Path to Educational Excellence.  Williams' plan was inspired
 by the State Regent's Brain Gain 2010 approach, which was designed to increase
 per capita income and quality of life in the state through education.  These
 Williams-funded partnerships will result in "strategically developed
 curriculum and top-caliber faculty in universities ultimately increasing the
 quality and quantity of students who will stay in Oklahoma and contribute to
 Oklahoma's growth and economic development," Johnson said.
     "We're encouraging others -- the legislature and business leaders -- to
 help us build excellence by donating to higher education in the state.  We
 have to raise the educational and economic bar here in Oklahoma," Johnson
 continued.  "In Williams' case, we also expect this investment to earn
 dividends in terms of recruiting the talent we need to grow Williams in the
 information technology age of the 21st Century.  Working together, Oklahoma
 can set a model for other states to follow.  We hope others in the state
 embrace this approach and become educational leaders."
     The payoff, according to Johnson, will be great economic improvement for
 the state that will send ripples of economic success to each and every
 Oklahoman.  "The realization of these initiatives will increase our great
 state's abilities to attract new business and quality jobs to the state,"
 Johnson said.
     Williams has already appeared before the Oklahoma legislature with its
 Critical Path to Educational Excellence presentation to encourage increased
 funding and educational partnerships in the state.  The company expects to
 continue its efforts throughout the year to encourage business, government and
 higher education to work collaboratively to help make Oklahoma a model for
 market-based education.
     This is the second donation Williams has made via the Center of Excellence
 during last year and nears the one year anniversary of an announcement for
 $1 million to the University of Tulsa to establish an energy risk management
 center.  This is Williams' third contribution to higher education of
 $1 million or higher the company has announced in the past 12 months.
 
     About Williams
     Williams, through its subsidiaries, connects businesses to energy,
 delivering innovative, reliable products and services.  Williams information
 is available at www.williams.com.
 
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    TULSA, Okla., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Williams (NYSE:   WMB) announced
 today it will give $2.5 million to the Center of Excellence in Information
 Technology & Telecommunications.  With a $2 million match from the Oklahoma
 Regents for Higher Education expected, the gift would mean $4.5 for the
 Oklahoma universities.
     Williams has earmarked the funding to go to the following COE
 universities:
     -- Oklahoma State University, Tulsa
     -- Oklahoma University, Tulsa
     -- University of Tulsa
 
     Williams made the donation through the Center of Excellence to ensure the
 collaboration among the universities.  As a result, these universities have
 committed to work together to provide technical curriculums, programs and
 initiatives that foster development of the kinds of students needed by all
 Oklahoma businesses, said Michael Johnson, Williams' senior vice president of
 human resources.
     This is the first of other higher education announcements Williams expects
 to make this year to help the state reach its full potential as part of
 Williams Critical Path to Educational Excellence.  Williams' plan was inspired
 by the State Regent's Brain Gain 2010 approach, which was designed to increase
 per capita income and quality of life in the state through education.  These
 Williams-funded partnerships will result in "strategically developed
 curriculum and top-caliber faculty in universities ultimately increasing the
 quality and quantity of students who will stay in Oklahoma and contribute to
 Oklahoma's growth and economic development," Johnson said.
     "We're encouraging others -- the legislature and business leaders -- to
 help us build excellence by donating to higher education in the state.  We
 have to raise the educational and economic bar here in Oklahoma," Johnson
 continued.  "In Williams' case, we also expect this investment to earn
 dividends in terms of recruiting the talent we need to grow Williams in the
 information technology age of the 21st Century.  Working together, Oklahoma
 can set a model for other states to follow.  We hope others in the state
 embrace this approach and become educational leaders."
     The payoff, according to Johnson, will be great economic improvement for
 the state that will send ripples of economic success to each and every
 Oklahoman.  "The realization of these initiatives will increase our great
 state's abilities to attract new business and quality jobs to the state,"
 Johnson said.
     Williams has already appeared before the Oklahoma legislature with its
 Critical Path to Educational Excellence presentation to encourage increased
 funding and educational partnerships in the state.  The company expects to
 continue its efforts throughout the year to encourage business, government and
 higher education to work collaboratively to help make Oklahoma a model for
 market-based education.
     This is the second donation Williams has made via the Center of Excellence
 during last year and nears the one year anniversary of an announcement for
 $1 million to the University of Tulsa to establish an energy risk management
 center.  This is Williams' third contribution to higher education of
 $1 million or higher the company has announced in the past 12 months.
 
     About Williams
     Williams, through its subsidiaries, connects businesses to energy,
 delivering innovative, reliable products and services.  Williams information
 is available at www.williams.com.
 
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