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Jim Metcalf and Gene Huck

Marietta College is proud to announce the induction of two esteemed alumni into the Petroleum Engineering & Geology Hall of Fame on Thursday, April 25. The induction ceremony will occur at The Gathering Place, with a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. and inductions at 6:00 p.m.

The inductees are Eugene L. Huck ’79 and Jim Metcalf ’79, both of whom have distinguished themselves through remarkable careers and contributions to the oil and gas industry.

“Gene Huck and Jim Metcalf are shining examples of the excellence that Marietta College’s Petroleum Engineering and Geology programs strive to instill in our students,” said Ben Ebenhack ’76, Chair of the Department. “Their remarkable professional accomplishments, leadership roles, and civic engagement bring great honor to the College. We are proud to induct them into the Petroleum Engineering & Geology Hall of Fame in recognition of their distinguished careers and contributions to the oil and gas industry and society.”

Huck embarked on his professional journey with Marathon Oil in Louisiana before returning to his roots in Marietta. He has held leadership positions at esteemed companies such as Blauser Energy Corp., Concord Oil & Gas, and James Engineering. Since 1995, Gene has served as the Vice President and Operations Manager for Artex Oil Company. His dedication to the industry is further exemplified by his active involvement with the Southeastern Ohio Oil and Gas Association (SOOGA) and the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA). Huck’s achievements have been recognized with the Workhorse Award in 2009 and the Wildcatter Award in 2015.

Metcalf has built an impressive career in the oil and gas industry. He has been retired for five years, and his most recent position was as Senior Vice President for Operations at Contango Oil & Gas in Houston, Texas. 

He also served as a partner and member of the Management Team at Advance Energy Partners, where he oversaw operations as Vice President. Before that role, Metcalf held the position of Vice President of Drilling at Newfield Exploration from 1995 to 2014, playing a pivotal role in the company’s growth and success. He started his career in 1980 as a GoM Engineer in training, and by the time he left in 1988, he was a Senior Engineer with Tenneco Oil Company in Lafayette, Louisiana. 

His contributions have been acknowledged with the prestigious AIME Robert Earl McConnell Award in 2009. Beyond his professional achievements, Metcalf has made a lasting impact through his philanthropic efforts, serving on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Houston and receiving recognition for his mentorship.

In addition to the Hall of Fame inductions, the College will conduct the induction ceremony for Pi Epsilon Tau and Sigma Gamma Epsilon, present departmental awards to students, and announce the SPE Appalachian Section Scholarship recipients.