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College Advisory Council

The College of Geosciences Advisory Council assists the College by:

  • illuminating the impact of the College’s contributions to the most pressing geoscience issues of today
  • fostering strategic relationships with national and global through leaders, industry, and government
  • assessing the University’s science and technology capabilities to ensure that the College’s goals and objectives align and contribute strategic value to Texas, the United States, and the world
  • developing an endowment base to attract and develop global leaders

Council Members

Jill Urban-Karr ’86 – Chair, Executive Director, Trimble Navigation, Ltd.
Bruce Appelbaum '71, President, Mosaic Resources
Stuart Burbach '77, CEO/Chairman, Nautilus Energy, LLC
Joanne Fredrich, Ph.D., R&D Manager, BP America, Inc.
Eddie V. Gray, ’57, Owner, Gray Enterprises
Paul Janish ’89, Senior Weather Analyst, Mercuria Energy Trading
Zach Levine '11, Account Manager, Paradigm
Ruth Perry '04, Marine Scientist, Shell Exploration & Production Company
Thomas Ratliff '84, President, DDD Exploration, Inc. 
Bill Read ’71, retired director of the U.S. National Hurricane Center, hurricane expert for KPRC-TV Houston
Curtis Samford, ’83, President/CEO, AFGlobal
Chris Samsury, '90, Vice President of Talent, The Weather Channel
Matt Hammer '80 - GEODAC Chair, Exploration Manager, Royal Exploration Company




Non-voting members

Debbie Thomas, Ph.D., Interim Dean, College of Geosciences
Cara D. Milligan ’08, Senior Director of Development, College of Geosciences

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