Carol Dinkins Joins UH Energy Advisory Board

August 27, 2009 at 2:11 am Leave a comment

Environmental litigator Carol E. Dinkins, a partner in the Houston office of the international law firm of Vinson & Elkins LLP, will join the newly formed Energy Advisory Board of the University of Houston (UH).

            “Carol is an environmental legend in Texas and on a national level, particularly for regulatory and enforcement matters within the energy industry,” said UH President Renu Khator. “I am delighted she will support the University of Houston’s efforts to become ‘The Energy University’ and help guide the board toward achieving that goal.”

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

  • Tim Cejka, president of ExxonMobil Exploration Co.;
  • John Gibson Jr., president and CEO of Paradigm;
  • John Hofmeister, chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership Energy Collaborative and founder and CEO of Citizens for Affordable Energy;
  • Ryan Lance, Sr. VP, international exploration and production, ConocoPhillips;
  • David McClanahan, president and CEO of CenterPoint Energy Inc.;
  • Lamar McKay, chairman and president, BP America Inc.;
  • Marvin Odum, president of Shell Oil Company and director of Royal Dutch Shell;
  • H. David Ramm, partner of DKRW Energy LLC;
  • Corbin Robertson Jr., chairman and CEO of Natural Resource Partners; and
  • Bruce Williamson, chairman, president and CEO of Dynegy Inc.

            Formation of the advisory board is the latest step in a roadmap 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 a dozen disciplines.


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