January 31, 2006
The National Association of Royalty Owners recently announced that Deborah O’Gwynn, Oklahoma Baptist University’s minerals manager, has been granted official recognition as a Certified Minerals Manager. O’Gwynn joins 79 individuals nationwide who have attained certification, representing all areas of the oil and gas industry.
The National Royal Owners Institute of the NARO Foundation, a national organization that has trained oil and gas professionals in 28 states, conducts the certification program.
O’Gwynn manages mineral interests which have been gifted to OBU. Income from the royalties and interest are used to fund OBU programs and scholarships.
The CMM program provides information in specialized areas largely unavailable through other sources. Information is designed to equip certificate minerals managers to deal with complex problems and to respond effectively to new developments in an ever-changing oil and gas industry.
Certified mineral managers complete three examinations and continuing education hours to attain certification. Examinations are designed to test the candidate’s knowledge in the areas of legal elements of mineral management, financial transactions and records, regulatory policies and procedures, practical applications and industry terminology. Certification recognizes specialized skills used within the multiple disciplines required for mineral management and the integration of knowledge about all facets of the oil and gas industry.
O’Gwynn earned a bachelor’s degree in management from Carson-Newman College and a Master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She has worked at OBU since 1994 and has served in her current position since 2002.
The National Association of Royalty Owners maintains over 5,000 members, the only national group for owners of mineral rights in the United States.