Terry K. Spencer
BSMinE (Pet.) ‘81
Terry K. Spencer’s legacy of work over 33 years has placed him at the leading edge of the energy industry.
As president and chief executive officer of ONEOK and ONEOK Partners, Spencer is responsible for the organizations’ operations and support functions, including corporate planning and development, human resources, information technology, corporate services along with investor relations and public affairs. He is a member of the ONEOK Partners board of directors.
Originally founded in 1906, ONEOK in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a Fortune 500 company involved in the natural gas and natural gas liquids industry.
A native of Moundville, he graduated from The University of Alabama in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in mineral engineering, petroleum option. After his studies, he went on to hold positions of increasing responsibility in the natural gas gathering and processing industry with Continental Natural Gas Inc. in Tulsa; Stellar Gas Company in Houston; and Texas Oil and Gas Corporation’s Delhi Gas Pipeline subsidiary in Dallas.
Spencer joined ONEOK in 2001 as director of project development for natural gas gathering and processing. Later, he served as vice president of natural gas supply and project development in the natural gas gathering and processing segment. In 2005, Spencer became senior vice president of ONEOK’s natural gas liquids business following the asset acquisition from Koch. He became president of natural gas liquids in 2006.
From 2007 to 2009, he was executive vice president of ONEOK, with responsibilities for ONEOK Partners’ natural gas liquids gathering and fractionation, and pipeline segments, as well as ONEOK’s energy services segment. He most recently served as chief operating officer of ONEOK Partners and was responsible for the partnership’s three operating segments – natural gas gathering and processing, natural gas pipelines and natural gas liquids.
He is a member of the Gas Processors Association board of directors.
Spencer and his wife, Ginger, live in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, and have two children.