The growth in programs and infrastructure equaled a growth in personnel as well. When Cawley became president in 1992, the organization employed about 200individuals. Today, the Noble Foundation employs more than 400 individuals from more than 25 countries. The organization has been honored numerous times by The Scientist magazine as one of the best places to work in science.

“I am a lucky man to have been afforded the opportunity to lead the Noble Foundation,” Cawley said.  “The Board of Trustees has been remarkably supportive and the employees are the brightest, most dedicated group of people I’ve ever been associated with. I am honored to be a part of Noble Foundation, and I marvel at the tremendous impact this organization has had and will continue to have on the world. We have found great success as a group because we remain focused on our mission.” 

It’s the Noble Foundation mission – as outlined by Lloyd Noble – that Cawley credits as a guiding force during his tenure leading the organization. “Lloyd Noble’s legacy is defined by so many characteristics. He was a patriot, possessing a great sense of duty. His was generous, always giving to others and his state. But most importantly, he was focused on the proper stewardship of the land, and supporting the agricultural producers who feed this country and the world,” he said. “If I ever felt unsure of a decision, I’d remember these tenets and I’d know which avenue to take.” 

In addition to his role as President and CEO of the Noble Foundation, Cawley is a director of Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NBL) and Noble Corporation (NYSE:NE). He currently serves on the boards of the Glen Foundation, the State Fair of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Heritage Association and the Ardmore Development Authority.

He has also served on the boards of the National Center for Genome Resources and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Oklahoma branch, and served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Oklahoma Foundation, among many other local and civic organizations.

Looking forward a year, Cawley said he anticipated continuing his community service, while finding more time to be with his family. “I look forward to the next chapter of my life with great anticipation. Time with my grandchildren is first on the agenda,” he said. “I also cannot wait to see the next phase in the Noble Foundation’s history. I know it will continue to flourish and change lives.”

If a successor has not been identified by his retirement date, Cawley will continue in his current role. Likewise, Cawley plans to retire before his set date if a replacement has been identified and is ready assume the post.