Marcia MacLeod comes by her love of art naturally. Like many, she says she was “somewhat artistic” as a child and spent time painting and creating art. But she also was influenced a great deal by her grandmother, who was an artist and loved teaching art to others. Marcia’s grandparents collected art, particularly southwestern art and that with a Native influence.
So it made perfect sense years later when Marcia (BS ’75, JD ’80) was attending The University of Tulsa for her undergraduate degree that she enrolled herself in an art appreciation class. Her instructor asked the class to visit both Gilcrease and Philbrook museums.
“Gilcrease spoke to me because of its wonderful collection of American art. I loved to visit Gilcrease to escape studying and the hustle and bustle of campus life,” Marcia said.
Even today, she continues to find Gilcrease a thoughtful respite.
Marcia, a member of the TU Board of Trustees, is also a member of the Gilcrease Museum National Advisory Board and chair of the Exhibitions and Programs Committee. Recently retired from WPX where she served as senior vice president of HR and administration, Marcia founded M3 Consulting in 2016 and specializes in executive coaching, leadership development and compensation consulting. She is active in several other organizations in Tulsa including Tulsa Area United Way and their effort to recruit women and minorities for leadership positions. She also serves on the boards of Saint Simeon’s, Tulsa Community Foundation and Tulsa Regional Chamber.
Advocating for women has always been a passion of the MacLeod family. Marcia and her husband, Ron, via their Mott MacLeod Family Trust, grant two scholarships a year to graduating Girl Scouts through the Juliette Low Leadership Society. The scholarships assist those in pursuit of furthering their education via college or technical/trade school.
Marcia’s loyalty to her alma mater kicked in to gear when she moved back to Tulsa in 2001. She wanted to reconnect with TU to see how she could give back to the institution that provided a full ride scholarship for her undergraduate degree. She became heavily involved in the Collins College of Business under the influence of its current dean, Gale Sullenberger. Recently her career success and community involvement led her to be recognized as a TU Distinguished Alumna.
Gilcrease Museum and TU have both played a major role in Marcia’s life. Her willingness to pay it forward is now resulting in a planned gift to benefit both the university and Gilcrease, as part of the Campaign for Gilcrease to sustain the museum’s operations moving forward. With this recent commitment, the MacLeod legacy will forever be intertwined with both the museum and university.
“My hope is that following the museum’s expansion, we have the staff and facility to make our collection come to life by telling stories that connect with our visitors. I am grateful to be part of this transformation that will attract new visitors to Tulsa and also provide educational opportunities for generations to come. I think that would make Thomas Gilcrease smile,” Marcia said.