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

William E. Dark, ’54, President, White Oak Developers, Inc.
Carlos A. Dengo, Ph.D., ’82, Vice President, Geosciences, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
Ken DuVall,
President/COO, Lighthouse R&D Enterprises, Inc.
Eddie V. Gray,57, Owner, Gray Enterprises
Dan Allen Hughes Jr., ’80,
President, Dan A. Hughes Company
Gary D. Humphrey,
Senior Manager, Gas Hydrate & Scientific Drilling Projects
Thomas E. Kelly, ’53,
owner, Thomas E. Kelly Interests
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
Les E. Shephard, Ph.D., ’77,
Chair, Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute, UTSA
Jim Thompson III, ’80, Partner, Vinson & Elkins LLP
Jill Urban-Karr, ’86,
Executive Vice President, Stewart Gobal Solutions Division- PropertyInfo Corporation
Marianne C. Walck,
Director, Geoscience, Climate, and Consequence Effects Center, Sandia National Laboratories

Non-voting members

Kate Miller, Ph.D., Dean, College of Geosciences
Jack Falks
Director of Development, College of Geosciences


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