Betty J. Simkins

Betty J. Simkins

Education & Credentials

  • BS, Chemical Engineering – University of Arkansas
  • MBA – Oklahoma State University
  • Ph.D., Finance – Case Western Reserve University



Betty J. Simkins, Ph.D., is the Williams Companies Chair of Business and a Professor of Finance in the Department of Finance at Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business. Prior to getting her Ph.D., Dr. Simkins began her career as a chemical engineer in the chemical industry for Conoco and as an engineer and planning analyst for Williams Companies. Part of her work focused on financial analysis for various methods of manufacturing and valuation of potential acquisitions. At Williams Companies, she worked in the Midstream sector of the energy value chain. Currently, in addition to teaching energy finance courses at OSU, she conducts executive education for energy companies globally.

Dr. Simkins has received a number of teaching awards and research awards at OSU including the Regents Distinguished Teaching Award, the Regents Distinguished Research Award, the Outreach Excellence Award, and the Outstanding OSU MBA Faculty Award. Her primary area of research is risk management, including energy risk, but she also conducts research in energy finance and corporate governance, among other areas. She has coauthored more than 70 journal articles and book chapters and has won best paper awards for her research. In addition, she has published extensively on energy finance and enterprise risk management including books titled: Energy Finance and Economics: Analysis and Valuation, Risk Management, and the Future of Energy (2013), Enterprise Risk Management: Insights and Analysis on Today’s Leading Research and Best Practices (2010), and Implementing Enterprise Risk Management: Case Studies and Best Practices (2014), all published by Wiley.

Betty is very active professionally and serves on the editorial boards of ten academic journals including the Journal of Commodity Markets (co-editor of this new journal being launched in 2015), the Journal of Banking and Finance, and the Journal of Applied Finance. She is past president of the Eastern Finance Association. She also serves on the Executive Advisory Committee of the Conference Board of Canada’s Strategic Risk Council. She is active in energy industry associations including the NGEAO (Natural Gas and Energy Association of Oklahoma), the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE).