Mr. John Walker of Houston was appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott to the Board of Regents of the Texas Tech University System on Jan. 23, 2017. He is currently the chair of the Academic, Clinical and Student Affairs Committee, and serves as a member of the Facilities Committee. His term expires Jan. 31, 2023.
Walker is chief executive officer of EnerVest, Ltd., and executive chairman of EV Energy Partners, L.P.
An Eagle Scout and veteran of the United States Navy, he is a previous gubernatorial appointee to the Texas Tech Board of Regents and was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Texas Tech University. He was previously appointed to the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents on Jan. 24, 2012, by former Gov. Rick Perry, and served a three-year term.
He is the previous chairman of the Independent Petroleum Association of America and is a member of the National Petroleum Council and All-American Wildcatters. He has served on the boards of PetroLogistics LP, the Houston Producers’ Forum, the Petroleum Club of Houston, and the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association.
In November 2007, he received the oil and gas industry’s highest award, the Chief Roughneck Award. He is a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award, the Distinguished Eagle from the Boy Scouts of America, the Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones International Citizen Award, and the Entrepreneurial Excellence Award.
Walker previously served as a member of the Texas Tech Foundation Board. He is also an advisory board member of the Texas Tech University Rawls College of Business, a member of the Spring Branch Hispanic Task Force and past board chairman of the Sam Houston Area Council Boy Scouts of America.
Walker received a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in 1968 and a Master of Business Administration from New York University.