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The Shell Center for Sustainability's mission is to foster an interdisciplinary program of research, outreach, and education to address actions that can be taken to ensure the sustainable development of communities' living standards, interpreted broadly, to encompass all factors affecting the overall quality of life.


 Management Committee

The Shell Center for Sustainability Management Committee provides leadership and direction for long-term focus and impact. Direction and focus from the committee leads sustainable development interests of the partners' objectives for the Center and weighs results. The committee includes top level representation from partner organizations at Rice University and Shell to advise with long-term vision.

 Members have included:

David W. Leebron
David W. Leebron

Rice University

David W. Leebron became the seventh president of Rice University on July 1, 2004. A premier international research university, Rice is home to the James Baker III Institute for Public Policy and highly ranked music, architecture, natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, humanities and business schools.
Leebron is leading Rice through a period of growth based on the 10-point Vision for the Second Century he launched during his first three years in office. The wooded 285-acre campus in the heart of Houston is undergoing some $850 million in construction projects to add two new residential colleges to house a 30 percent growth in the undergraduate student body, a 10-story research center to deepen Rice’s collaboration with the Texas Medical Center, physics and sociology buildings, and new campus amenities including a library-based pavilion and recreation center. Leebron has emphasized building Rice’s international presence with active outreach to Asia and Latin America and, at the same time, has strengthened the university’s local impact with multiple programs that connect students and faculty with Houston.
A native of Philadelphia, Leebron is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He began teaching in 1980 at the UCLA School of Law and in 1983 at the NYU law school. In 1989, Leebron joined the faculty of Columbia University School of Law where, in 1996, he was appointed dean. Currently part of the political science faculty at Rice, Leebron is an expert on international human rights, trade and corporate finance. Leebron is married to Y. Ping Sun and has two children, Daniel and Merissa.

Marvin E. Odum
in E. Odum 
Shell Oil Company

Marvin E. Odum is President of Shell Oil Company and Director of Upstream for Royal Dutch Shell’s subsidiary companies in the Americas. Odum holds positions of board leadership and participation in the Business Roundtable, U.S. Climate Action Partnership and the American Petroleum Institute. In addition, he serves as a commissioner of the National Commission on Energy Policy. Odum is a member of the Dean’s Council of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Advisory Board of the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He also serves on the boards of several Houston-area charities. Odum began his Shell career as an engineer in 1982, and has since served in a number of management positions of increasing responsibility in both technical and commercial aspects of energy.

 Lyn Ragsdale
Lyn Ragsdale
Dean of the Social Sciences
Rice University

Lyn Ragsdale is the first woman to hold this position.  She is also the Radoslav Tsanoff Professor of Public Affairs and Professor of Political Science.  Previously, she was the head of the Political Science Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 2001 to 2006, after having been on the faculty of the University of Arizona for 20 years.  Professor Ragsdale received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1982.  She is the past president of the Western Political Science Association and has served as the editor of the Political Research Quarterly.  She has been a fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation and worked on Capitol Hill.  She has written four books and numerous articles on the American presidency and electoral behavior.  Her most recent book, Vital Statistics on the Presidency was published in its third edition.  Her current research is about the major decisions of American presidents and American non-voters.

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Dr. John Anderson

Professor of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences
Wiess School of Natural Sciences
Rice University

John Anderson received his B.S. degree in 1968 from the University of South Alabama, his M.S. degree in 1970 from the University of New Mexico, and his Ph.D. in 1972 from Florida State University. He began his professional career at Hope College in 1972, where he was an assistant professor. In 1975, John joined the faculty at Rice University, where he is currently the Maurice Ewing Professor of Oceanography. He served as chairman of the department from 1992 through 1998. John has conducted research on various aspects of Antarctic marine geology since his first visit there as a student in 1970. He has participated in 24 scientific expeditions to Antarctica. The culmination of this research was published in "Antarctic Marine Geology" by Cambridge University Press. Anderson's other research has focused on the evolution of the northern Gulf of Mexico Basin (see Late Quaternary Stratigraphic Evolution of the Northern Gulf of Mexico Margin, Society of Sedimentary Geology Special Publication No. 79), and the response of coastal systems to global change. His most recent book is entitled "The Formation and Future of the Upper Texas Coast" and he recently co-edited a Geological Society of America Special Paper entitled "Response of Upper Gulf Coast Estuaries to Holocene Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise". John received the 1992 GCAGS Outstanding Educator Award, the 1996 Rice University Graduate Teaching Award, 2004 Rice University Presidential Mentoring Award, and was the 2007 recipient of the Society of Sedimentary Research Shepard Medal. He has served as associate editor for Geology, the American Geophysical Union Antarctic Research Series, American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, Sedimentology, and Marine Geology. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and past president of the Society for Sedimentary Research. John has served on the AAS-Polar Research Board, on the 1997 NSF Oversight Panel for Polar Programs, and is currently chairman of the Antarctic Research Vessel Oversight Committee.

Frazier Wilson

Frazier Wilson, Ed.D.Vice President
Shell Oil Company Foundation
Manager, Social Investment, Shell Oil Company

Frazier Wilson oversees Shell’s corporate and foundation contributions and employee giving, education and environment outreach programs. Wilson has worked at Shell for over 15 years in various accounting and community relations roles. Prior to joining Shell, he worked in education as a teacher, volunteer and mentor. He currently serves on several national and local boards and college advisory councils.  He holds a bachelor of science in accounting from Jackson State University and an MBA and doctorate in Educational Leadership from Texas Southern University.