Montana Tech Announces Gold Medallion Award Winner
On Thursday, April 29, 2010 at Newmont Mining Corporation’s headquarters in Denver, Colorado, Montana Tech of The University of Montana Chancellor Frank Gilmore presented Richard O'Brien, President and Chief Executive Officer of Newmont, with Montana Tech’s highest award, the Gold Medallion. This award recognizes the highest level of excellence by the recipient in his or her chosen field, profession, or industry and significant support of Montana Tech.
Montana Tech has awarded the Gold Medallion for the past 25 years. In 1985, Montana Tech awarded the first Gold Medallion to Plato Malozemoff, former CEO of Newmont. In 2009, Montana Tech awarded Mr. Kevin McArthur, retired President & CEO of Goldcorp, Inc., with the Gold Medallion.
"We are honored to present Mr. O’Brien with Montana Tech’s Gold Medallion Award," stated Gilmore. "Montana Tech and Newmont have a long-standing relationship. Newmont has supported our University for many years through scholarships, faculty endowments, athletic and student organizational support, and capital."
Mr. O’Brien has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Newmont Mining since 2007. He previously served as President and Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer during 2006 and 2007 and as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2005 to 2006. He has over 20 years of broad financial and operational experience in the energy, power, and natural resources businesses. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Mr. O'Brien received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. He also holds a doctor of jurisprudence degree from Lewis and Clark College, Northwestern School of Law.
"I am honored to accept the Gold Medallion Award on behalf of the employees of Newmont, and we are proud of our historic partnership with Montana Tech," said O’Brien. "Montana Tech is an impressive University committed to educational excellence and innovation. The hands-on education students receive prepares them for successful careers at Newmont, and elsewhere, upon graduation. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Montana Tech in the years and decades to come."