MICHOL ECKLUND '97
President-elect, ARA Board
Deputy General Counsel – Operations Law & Corporate Communications, Marathon Oil Company
BA 1997, Rice University
JD 2000, Harvard University
Term as President-elect ends: 2018
Michol L. Ecklund is Deputy General Counsel – Commercial & Operations Services at Marathon Oil Company. In this role Michol oversees a team of thirteen legal professionals who support all phases of exploration and production activities including day-to-day operations and M&A activity. During her time at Marathon Oil, she has held various roles within and outside of the Law Organization including Assistant General Counsel – International, Senior Counsel for Equatorial Guinea, Litigation Counsel and Investor Relations Manager. Prior to joining Marathon Oil in 2002, Ms. Ecklund practiced at Baker Botts LLP.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, economics, and managerial studies from Rice University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree Harvard Law School.
Michol is a current board member of the Association of Rice University Alumni and recently served as the Chair of the Rice Annual Fund Steering Committee. She is active with other campus organizations including Rice University Lawyer Alumni, the Rice Women’s Athletics Advisory Board, Rice Alumni Volunteers for Admission, and Lovett College.
She is a current board member of the World Affairs Council-Houston and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and a past board member of the State Bar of Texas International Law Section. She was Co-Chair of the 2014 Home Safe Home Gala benefitting Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse. Ms. Ecklund was recently named a Finalist for the Houston Business Journal “Best Corporate Counsel” awards.
What have you found to be most rewarding about serving on the ARA Board?
I am enjoying the opportunity to take a deeper dive into the strategic thinking of our university — continual thinking about how to build the university of the future that grows leaders who make a difference in the world well “beyond the hedges.” Together with faculty, students, administrators and alumni, we are making great things happen.
What is your favorite “Only at Rice” memory or story?
October 16, 1994 — When the Rice Owls beat Texas in front of a national TV audience! As my cheer partner Kenny Yates said as the Longhorns walked on the field that night, “They have arms like legs and legs like PEOPLE!” But the mighty Owls prevailed (with perhaps some divine intervention in the form of a well-timed rain storm that stalled the UT offense), and many of us — as soaked as we were! — have an unforgettable memory.
If you could give one piece of advice to Rice students, what would it be?
Soak it all in! Rice is such an opportunity-rich environment, and your time on campus will go by much more quickly than you can imagine. Make a conscious effort every single day to get to know someone new, take a class outside of your core discipline, visit a different place in our thriving city, attend a lecture on a subject of interest, or simply watch the squirrels for a few minutes. Never again will you have access to so much!