PSU grads are qualified and ready to do whatever their hearts lead them to do.
That’s the message alum and former Phillips 66 executive John Lowe shared with hundreds of current business students during a visit to campus last fall.
“You don’t have to be a graduate of Harvard or Yale to be successful in the business world,” Lowe said. “Pittsburg State prepares you just as well, if not better, than any other university in the nation. You don’t have to take a backseat to anyone with the education you receive as Pittsburg State.”
And Lowe should know. After receiving a bachelor of science degree in finance and accounting from PSU in 1981, he quickly shot up the ranks of ConocoPhillips.
At the end of his career, he served as assistant to ConocoPhillips’ chief executive officer, representing the company in many of its external relationships and provides assistance on special assignments. Prior to that position, he served as executive vice president of exploration and production.
Lowe said he encourages Phillips 66 leaders to look at and hire PSU students for many reasons.
“One, it’s a terrific cultural fit,” Lowe said. “The students here have the values and ethics that fit very well into the Phillips 66 family. Plus, PSU students are just really good. They receive an excellent education, and they come out of school ready to contribute to the professional world.”
During his speech in McCray Hall, Lowe shared with students his top 10 keys to success. They included “always be honest” and “be curious.”
“Perhaps most importantly,” he said, “accept challenges. Don’t shy away from anything. Don’t be afraid to take chances.”