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Council Leadership

We thank those who make a difference. These trusted professionals have given their support, insights, and mentorship to build a preeminent academic energy program, educate the next generation of energy innovators, and drive discovery.

Senator Hutchison, Founding Member

Headshot of Kay Bailey Hutchinson“Texas is, of course, the energy industry leader in America, and we are doing so much in innovation in this state. We do have a global impact, and by educating future energy leaders of America, we will continue to influence the world. The focus of the center is education for our students and convening experts and leaders in the energy sector to explore the most pressing issues facing the energy industry today. This collaboration between the Law School and the Business School has proven to be a success, and I look forward to continuing to grow the center with our Executive and Advisory Councils.”

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    Joe Bob Edwards

    Partner, White Deer Energy
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    James Loftis

    Partner, Vinson & Elkins LLP
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    Shane Young

    Executive Vice President and CFO, Talos Energy, Inc.

Sylvia Kerrigan, Executive Director

Sylvia Kerrigan headshotSylvia J. Kerrigan is a member of the Board of Directors for Alta Mesa Resources, Nine Point Energy, and Team Industrial Services.  She began her appointment as Executive Director of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law and Business in January 2017. Ms. Kerrigan served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Marathon Oil Corporation from 2009 until her retirement in 2017. She joined the company in 1995 and assumed positions of increasing responsibility including compliance, public policy, corporate communications, and information governance. Ms. Kerrigan holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy, political economy and English from Southwestern University and a doctor of jurisprudence degree from the University of Texas. Ms. Kerrigan is a past chairman of the State Bar of Texas International Law Section and a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. She has served on the board of directors for various professional organizations, including the American Leadership Forum, the Center for American and International Law, and the Houston Bar Association.