Harold Hamm Biography
In 2007, through their charitable foundation, Harold and Sue Ann Hamm committed $7 million in support of the Oklahoma Diabetes Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. They later gave an additional $3.5 million to help acquire the building that is now Harold Hamm Diabetes Center.
The earlier gift to OU from the Harold and Sue Ann Hamm Foundation endowed three faculty chairs – one in adult diabetes, one in clinical diabetes research, and one in adult diabetes clinical care or research. Additionally, $2 million was directed to the new Diabetes Center facility, and $1.5 million was used as bridge funding to support research and clinical activities as the endowments are established.
In Tulsa, an approximately 22,000 sq. foot, two-story building addition houses Harold Hamm Diabetes Center and OU Cancer Institute Satellite Facility on the OU – Tulsa campus.
Mr. Hamm is founder, Chairman and CEO of Continental Resources Inc., one of the largest independent oil and gas exploration and production companies in the country. He is the founder, owner and Chairman of Hiland Partners, LP, a privately owned natural gas processing and gathering company, and is past Chairman of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, the nation’s largest and most influential statewide oil and gas association.
Mrs. Hamm is a partner in her husband’s philanthropic and business ventures. In addition, she served as Secretary on the Executive Board of the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board, promoting education of future oil industry employees. She is past Chairman of the Crude Oil Committee for the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association and is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association.
Harold Hamm Diabetes Center was established by an act of the state Legislature in July of 2006. In addition to a state appropriation of $10.5 million, the Center has received more than $16 million in private gifts and pledges, including the founding gifts, totaling $10.5 million, by the Harold and Sue Ann Hamm Foundation.