Former Shell Oil head, KSU alumnus to give Lou Douglas Lecture

By The Mercury

A K-State alum who is a leader in America’s policy and education efforts regarding energy solutions will be the speaker at the 2014 Lou Douglas Lecture Series.

John Hofmeister, founder and CEO of Citizens for Affordable Energy and former president of Shell Oil Co., will present “Looking for Leadership in Our Leaders: What’s Needed?” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, in Town Hall of the Leadership Studies Building at KSU.

UFM Community Learning Center sponsors the lecture series dedicated to Douglas, who was a distinguished professor in political science at Kansas State from 1949 to 1977.

Hofmeister is a key member of the U.S. Energy Security Council.

The bipartisan group includes former Secretary of State George Shultz and two former secretaries of defense, William Perry and Harold Brown, as well as three former national security advisers, a former CIA director, two former senators, a Nobel laureate, a former Federal Reserve chairman and several Fortune 500 CEOs.

After retiring from Shell Oil Co. in 2008, Hofmeister founded and leads the nonprofit Citizens for Affordable Energy.

It is a Washington, D.C.-based public policy education firm that promotes U.S. energy security solutions, including a range of affordable energy supplies, efficiency improvement, essential infrastructure, sustainable environmental policies and public education on energy issues.

As Shell Oil Co. president, Hofmeister launched an extensive outreach program to discuss critical global energy challenges.

The national program included an 18-month, 50-city engagement effort, during which Hofmeister led 250 Shell leaders in meeting with more than 15,000 business, community and civic leaders, policymakers and academics to discuss ways to ensure affordable, available energy for the future.

Hofmeister came to Kansas State to deliver a Landon Lecture in September of 2006.

Hofmeister also held executive leadership positions at General Electric, Nortel and AlliedSignal—now Honeywell International Inc. – over a period of 35 years.

He is the author of the book: “Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk from an Energy Insider.”

Hofmeister earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from K-State. In 2010, he was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters from the University of Houston.

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