Five Questions with Energy Institute Chair Jay Jimerson

March 20, 2017

Recently we sat down with Jay Jimerson, chair of the Price College of Business Energy Institute Board of Advisors. We asked him to share more information about his role and insights into what 2017 has in store for the Energy Institute.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I graduated from the University of Oklahoma (OU) after obtaining both a BBA in Petroleum Land Management in 1981 and a law degree in 1984. While studying at OU, I was defensive back for the Sooners and received the Big 8 Conference Medal, along with being named to the 1981 CoSIDA Academic All-American Team. Those were very fun times.

After graduating, I practiced as an energy lawyer for more than 10 years before becoming general counsel and a managing partner at a Houston-based energy firm. I later joined Cardinal River Energy, and was eventually named president of the company.  More recently, due to an acquisition, I also became the president of River Rock Energy Company.

I have been on the advisory board of the Energy Institute for five years now.

2. What does your role as Energy Institute Chair involve? 

As chair of the Board of Advisors, my role involves working closely with Dr. Ghosh, a member of the Price College faculty and Executive Director of the Energy Institute, to serve as a liaison between industry and the university. I also work with other advisory board members to ensure a continuing dialogue between energy industry leaders and OU’s academic leadership concerning the complex issues that the energy industry faces today, to pursue solutions to such challenges, and to educate tomorrow’s energy leaders.

3. What do people have to look forward to in 2017?

In 2017, the Energy Institute will be hosting its 5th annual Energy Symposium on March 30 in Oklahoma City. This year, the event focuses on the “Future of the Energy Industry – Surviving in Complex and Uncertain Times.” The Energy Symposium is a popular event that brings together many of the world’s leading academic and industry experts.

We are also continuing to develop the energy programs we offer. In addition to our EMBA in Energy and the Executive Energy Management Program, we are working toward a professional certificate in energy. Our research arm is continuing to provide exemplary research and will be collaborating with the Energy Information Administration to provide research relating to the EIA’s various initiatives.

In summary, it’s going to be a very busy but productive and exciting year for the Energy Institute.

4. In your opinion, what makes a Real Energy Leader?

In today’s environment, a “Real Energy Leader” must be prepared to face a multitude of challenging issues both domestically and globally.

Domestically, he or she must be willing to embrace the ever-changing environmental rules and regulations and also stay on top of technological advancements. Financially, in an uncertain and volatile price environment, the energy leader must also be an effective cost manager and risk manager in order to survive.

Globally, the geopolitical risks that energy leaders must anticipate and plan around seem to be growing every day. These risks can certainly affect oil and gas prices, but they also raise security and other issues at a level that many energy leaders have not had to address in the past.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, a “Real Energy Leader” must be able to relate to, and lead, his or her employees through these challenging times. Today, a “Real Energy Leader” must not only understand the complex business of energy, but he or she must also be able to inspire and motivate employees in an industry that has been, and probably always will be, very cyclical and uncertain.

5. Why should people choose to study an energy program within the Energy Institute at Price College?

Price College, with the support and advice of industry leaders who are a part of the Energy Institute, has developed excellent education opportunities and courses that are current, relevant and address the very important issue that we face today. In addition, the faculty is outstanding, and they will help prepare each student to become a much better manager or executive in today’s complex energy environment.

Do you want to take the next step to becoming a Real Energy Leader? Find more information here.

Price College’s mission is to be the prime mover in developing the energy industry leaders of tomorrow by offering truly energy focused leadership and learning programs for ambitious, forward-thinking individuals worldwide.