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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.
Joanne Fredrich, Ph.D., R&D Manager, BP America, Inc.
Eddie V. Gray, ’57, Owner, Gray Enterprises
Gary D. Humphrey, Senior Manager, Gas Hydrate & Scientific Drilling Projects
Paul Janish ’89, Senior Weather Analyst, Mercuria Energy Trading
Jim Lester, Vice President/COO, Houston Advanced Reserach Center
Bill Read ’71, retired director of the U.S. National Hurricane Center, hurricane expert for KPRC-TV Houston
Jim Thompson III, ’80, Partner, Vinson & Elkins LLP
Marianne C. Walck, Ph.D., Director, Geoscience, Climate, and Consequence Effects Center, Sandia National Laboratories
John Grizz Deal, Executive Chairman & CEO, IX Power LLC and IX Power, Limited
Stuart Burbach ’77 - ODC Chair, CEO and Chairman, Nautilus Energy, LLC
Walt Hufford ’83 - GEODAC Chair, Director of US Government and Regulatory Affairs, Talisman Energy, Inc.

Non-voting members

Kate Miller, Ph.D., Dean, College of Geosciences
Cara D. Milligan ’08, Senior Director of Development, College of Geosciences

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