Anderson Receives Penn State Beaver Outstanding Alumnus Award
David D. Anderson is the recipient of the 2011 Penn State Beaver Outstanding Alumnus Award. The award recognizes Beaver alumni who have distinguished themselves through career achievements as well as campus and community involvement. Beaver Chancellor Gary Keefer presented the award to Anderson at the January 25 dinner meeting of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board.
Anderson is the manager of International Commercial Development for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, one of the world’s largest independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies. He attended Penn State Beaver from 1975 to 1977 and graduated from Penn State University Park with a degree in accounting in 1979.
Anderson has more than 30 years of commercial experience in the petroleum industry. He began his career as a joint venture auditor for Marathon Oil Company. Four years later, he joined Marathon’s Natural Gas Division where he was responsible for spot and long-term gas sales, gas purchases, commercial aspects of gas processing, and commercial responsibilities related to major project work.
In 1987 Anderson was hired by the Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in the Gas Marketing Department. For the last twelve years, he has led Anadarko’s international commercial development efforts, a position which has led to negotiating with foreign governments for production sharing contracts, gas sales agreements, fiscal relief amendments, and various other commercial-related activities.
He is also involved in evaluating and implementing Anadarko’s initial involvement in liquefied natural gas and manages the commercial development aspects of Anadarko’s existing and future international and Alaskan activities.
Anderson and his wife, Lynne, are active in their local community. They are residents of Montgomery, Texas, and were involved in the creation and implementation of the Interfaith Hospitality Network Family Promise in North Houston which provides meals, shelter, and fellowship for families that are temporarily homeless.
The couple has also volunteered in various capacities at Northwest Assistance Ministries, a non-profit social services outreach facility. In addition, they work with their church to help repair homes owned by lower income families.
To honor Anderson’s parents’ emphasis on higher education for him and his siblings, Anderson and his wife recently established The David G. and Ruth I. Anderson Endowed Scholarship at Beaver campus.
The Andersons have two daughters, Kelly and Kerri.