Full court press for Miner Pride

Kristie (Capps) Gibson, EMgt’74, and John Gibson, EMgt’74, met in Thomas Jefferson Hall after a Miner basketball game. They both came to Rolla on scholarships, Kristie from Dexter, Mo., and John from Kansas City Kansas Community College, where he played basketball.

John and Kristie Gibson with their dogs, Clementine, Brielle and Daphne. Photo by Rick Ayre

They married during their senior year, graduated together and went to work as refinery engineers for Exxon Co. USA in Baytown, Texas.

Over the next four decades, through many career moves, they remained connected to Missouri S&T. They were major donors to the Miner Dome dedicated in 2010 and the artificial turf installed on the stadium and intramural fields in 2014.

Now the Gibsons have made a $1 million gift in support of renovations to the arena where S&T’s men’s and women’s basketball teams and women’s volleyball team play. Renovations include new flooring, goal systems, a public address system and acoustics.

“Basketball was an important part of my life,” says John, who received scholarship offers after playing community college basketball, but none from a university with engineering degrees.

“My coach, Walt Shublom, knew I wanted an engineering degree so he called Coach (Billy) Key,” says John. Key was Rolla’s head basketball coach at the time. “Coach Key came to Kansas City to watch me play and then offered me a scholarship. If I didn’t have those two men in my life, I’m not sure where I’d be today.”

“I have always valued my experiences at Rolla and especially the education I received,” says Kristie, who went on to work for Phillips Petroleum Co. as an engineer, gas buyer and division manager before retiring to raise their daughter, Katie. “I hope, by my example, I perhaps inspired other young women to pursue the engineering profession.” 

John spent 18 years with Phillips and was executive vice president of Koch Energy when he joined ONEOK, eventually becoming chairman, president and CEO of ONEOK and ONEOK Partners. He retired in 2014 and now serves as non-executive chairman of the $25 billion Fortune 500 company.

“Kristie and I started giving back because we wanted S&T players to have the best possible experience as athletes and students,” says John, a former S&T trustee and a member of the Academy of Miner Athletics. “I’ve always admired the university for making the intercollegiate athletic experience available to as many students as possible.”

John and Kristie Gibson with their dogs, Clementine, Brielle and Daphne. Photo by Rick Ayre

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