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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
Lyle Baie '67, '70, Former Executive Director, AAPG
Stuart Burbach '77
, CEO/Chairman, Nautilus Energy, LLC
Russell Callender '92, Director of Washington Sea Grant, University of Washington
Austin Heider '10, Division Manager for W&M Environmental Group, LLC
Michel Halbouty Hewitt, Managing Partner, Halbouty & Bott Global Energy Partners
Paul Janish ’89, Senior Weather Analyst, Mercuria Energy Trading
Susanne Leininger '77, retired from ExxonMobil
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
John Hastings '84 - GEODAC Chair, Partner & Executive Vice President, Paloma Resources, LLC




Non-voting members

Debbie Thomas, Ph.D., Interim Dean, College of Geosciences
Gary Reynolds '88, Senior Director of Development, College of Geosciences

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