MICHOL L. ECKLUND '97
President-elect, ARA Board
Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Callon Petroleum Co.
BA 1997, Rice University
JD 2000, Harvard University
Term as President-elect ends: 2018
Michol Ecklund is vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Callon Petroleum Company. Prior to joining Callon in November 2017, she was deputy general counsel for Operations and Commercial Law at Marathon Oil Company where she spent 15 years in progressive positions within and outside the law organization. Prior to Marathon Oil, Michol practiced law at Baker Botts LLP in Houston.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science, economics and managerial studies from Rice University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from 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 has been 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.
Michol is a current board member of the Woman’s Hospital of Texas and the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston. She is a past board member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – Houston Gulf Coast Chapter and the State Bar of Texas International Law Section. Michol and her family were honorary chairs of the 2017 Girls Inc. Gala, and she was co-chair of the 2014 Home Safe Home Gala benefitting Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse. Michol was recently named among the “Women Who Mean Business” in energy and has also been a finalist for the Houston Business Journal’s “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!