First UH Energy Advisory Board Formed

Ten Industry Leaders Accept Posts to Help Drive Initiative

Underscoring her commitment to make the University of Houston the go-to partner for energy-related research, innovation and solutions, President Renu Khator has named 10 global industry leaders to her newly formed UH Energy Advisory Board.

"Our board is made up of acknowledged leaders in the fields of energy development, management and implementation," Khator said. "I am delighted that they support UH's efforts to address the diverse research and work-force needs of the energy industry.  UH is poised to become ‘The Energy University,' and the guidance of our board members in achieving that goal is invaluable."

The advisory board, which will meet quarterly, will be tasked with strategic planning and external coordination.  Its next meeting is set for Oct. 28. The members include:    

  • T. (Tim) Cejka, president of ExxonMobil Exploration Company
  • John W. Gibson Jr., president and chief executive officer of Paradigm
  • John Hofmeister, chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership Energy Collaborative and founder and chief executive officer of Citizens for Affordable Energy
  • Ryan Lance, senior vice president of international exploration and production for ConocoPhillips
  • David M. McClanahan, president and chief executive officer of CenterPoint Energy Inc.
  • Lamar McKay, chairman and president of BP America Inc.
  • Marvin E. Odum, president of Shell Oil Company and director of Royal Dutch Shell
  • H. David Ramm, partner of DKRW Energy L.L.C.
  • Corbin J. Robertson Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Natural Resource Partners
  • Bruce Williamson, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Dynegy Inc.

Formation of the advisory board is the latest step in a series laid out in Khator's UH Energy Initiative, which aims to capitalize on the region's and the university's strategic interests and strengths. Involvement in energy-related initiatives spans virtually every UH college and includes faculty in nearly one dozen disciplines.

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