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James H. Posey

Distinguished Engineer: 1996

Degree: Petroleum Engineering – 1964

Citation at Time of Nomination in 1996

Odessa, Texas, native James H. Posey received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1964. To further his education, he attended the University of Virginia’s Executive Program.

Since graduating from Texas Tech, Mr. Posey has had an outstanding career with Amoco Corporation. Mr. Posey attributes his success to his ability to accept and adapt to change. He says, "Whether as companies, businesses or as individuals, success will come to those who have the ability and the initiative to either create change to respond to change in a positive manner."

From 1964 to 1974, Mr. Posey held six progressively responsible engineering positions in Texas. He moved to Chicago as a senior grade staff engineer in 1974. He was named division engineering supervisor in New Orleans in 1975 and was promoted to regional engineering manager in the same location three years later. His next positions, as division operations superintendent and division production manger took him to Houston for four years.

Mr. Posey was named vice president of Amoco Egypt in Cairo in 1984, and in 1985, he became assistant general manager of the Gulf of Suez Petroleum Company in Cairo. His next position in Egypt was as general manager of the same company. In 1988, he returned to the United States, where he served as vice president of planning and operations in Chicago for three years.

Since 1991, Mr. Posey has been vice president and business unit manager of the Permian Basin Unit, leading the company’s oil and gas operations in the greater Permian Basin area of West Texas and Southeast New Mexico. In this position, he oversees 700 employees, 90,000 barrels per day of oil production, 420 million cubic feet of natural gas and carbon dioxide gas production, as well as an annual operating budget of $230 million. Mr. Posey is presently leading an Amoco team in the innovative pursuit of a proposed Amoco/Shell Oil partnership covering the Permian Basin. If successful, the proposed company would be the largest oil producer in Texas and the third largest independent oil producer in the United States.

In addition to his busy career with Amoco, Mr. Posey is actively involved in several professional organizations, including the American Petroleum Institute and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He also has chaired the petroleum sector of Houston’s United Way campaign and presently serves as an Executive Board member of Junior Achievement in the greater Houston area.

Mr. Posey and his wife, the former Susan Maxson, live in Katy, Texas. They have three daughters, Chris Hollister, Deborah Spaugh, and Jo Beth Posey.

Texas Tech University is deeply honored to name James H. Posey a Distinguished Engineer.

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