Ucross Welcomes Chad Deaton as Trustee

Ucross, the renowned artist residency program, today announced that energy executive Chad Deaton has joined its Board of Trustees. Deaton is chairman of the Board of Directors at Transocean and a director of the University of Wyoming Foundation. He has also served as co-chair of the Wyoming Governor’s Task Force for the University of Wyoming’s new Engineering and Applied Sciences Center.

Deaton joins current board members Jim Nelson, Ucross board chair and former energy executive; attorney Charlie Hart, Ucross board secretary; Deborah Koehler, executive director of the Raymond N. Plank Philanthropy Fund; Obie Award-winning playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins; attorney Kim Cannon; Steve Farris, former chairman and CEO of Apache Corporation; Lisa Hatchadoorian, executive director of the Museum of Art | Fort Collins, Colorado; Teri Rueb, Ucross alumna, artist, and professor of Critical Media Practices at the University of Colorado; Jesse Marion, CEO and president of Integrated Corrosion Companies; author Dorie McCullough Lawson; Susan Miller, Ucross board vice president, collector, and former chair of the WYO Theater in Sheridan, WY; Kate Schutt, Ucross alumna, singer, songwriter, and producer living in New York City; and Scott Manning Stevens, director of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Program at Syracuse University.

“Having been born and raised in Wyoming, it’s an honor to have the opportunity to be involved with an organization like Ucross,” said Deaton. “It’s a special place, and what it can offer an aspiring artist is unique. I am very much looking forward to contributing in whatever way I can to Ucross and its mission.”  

Ucross trustee Steve Farris, who for decades has played an instrumental role in the success of the foundation’s artist residency program, noted: “All of us on the board are thrilled to have Chad join our efforts on behalf of this exceptional program based on one of the most captivating, historic ranches in the American West. He shares our deep commitment to preserving the Ucross legacy and land for future generations of artists.”

Deaton’s previous roles include executive chair of Baker Hughes Incorporated as well as chair and CEO. He began his career with Schlumberger in 1976 and served in a variety of international capacities, including as executive vice president and as a senior advisor. From 2002 until 2004, Deaton was the president and CEO of Hanover Compressor Company. Currently, he serves as a director for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE: APD), Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: CRR), and Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO).

In addition, Deaton is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, a director of the Houston Achievement Place, and was previously a member of the National Petroleum Council.


“After retiring from an illustrious, international career, Chad has been a leader in furthering educational opportunities for the next generations of students in Wyoming and beyond,” said Sharon Dynak, President and Executive Director of Ucross. “His longstanding interest in the arts at Ucross will help strengthen our roots and expand our capacity to provide quality experiences to artists from multiple disciplines.”

Located on a 20,000-acre working cattle ranch on the majestic high plains of Wyoming, Ucross welcomes 100 artists from a variety of creative disciplines each year and provides meals, accommodations, and uninterrupted time to work and create. Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News, Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love, Adam Guettel’s The Light in the Piazza, Ricky Ian Gordon’s operatic adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath, and Michael R. Jackson’s A Strange Loop are just a few of the acclaimed works that have been created in part during Ucross residencies.

Ucross participates in a number of partnerships with national organizations that enhance its ability to support outstanding individual artists with residencies. National partners include the Sundance Institute Theatre Program, the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction, the Whiting Foundation, the Ford Family Foundation, the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, the Alley Theater, UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance, and others. In 2020, along with the Yale School of Drama and the Yale School of Music, Ucross forged several exciting new partnerships with an array of high-profile creative forces in the United States, including the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program, Cave Canem, and The Blank Theatre (Los Angeles).

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