, Ph.D., University of Kansas
Leonidas T. Barrow Centennial Chair in Mineral Resources
Department of Geological Sciences and Bureau of Economic Geology
Jackson School of Geosciences
Recipient of the 2002 UT Presidential Citation and holder of the Leonidas T. Barrow Centennial Chair in Mineral Resources in the Department of Geological Sciences, Dr. William Fisher, inaugural dean of the Jackson School of Geosciences (2005-06), has had a significant impact on The University of Texas at Austin for the past 42 years. He served as director of the Bureau of Economic Geology from 1970-94 and again in 1999, creating the current facility with the largest core library in the U.S. and transforming the Bureau into an internationally acclaimed research institution. He has also served the White House and the U.S. Departments of the Interior and Energy, with appointments as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy (1975-76) and Assistant Secretary of Energy and Minerals (1976-77). Under his direction, UT's Geology Foundation increased its endowment fivefold, including a leadership gift from John A. and Katherine G. Jackson that established the Jackson School of Geosciences. The author of 14 books and 200 articles, Dr. Fisher has served as department chairman, first director of the Jackson School, inaugural dean of the school, member of the UT faculty council, and president of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. William Fisher is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the recipient of several awards and medals for his pioneering contributions in the field of geology.
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