Emilie Rusch

David Lawler appointed to Mines Board of Trustees

The chairman and president of BP America, a Mines alum, will serve a four-year term on the board through December 2025
David Lawler headshot

A new member has been appointed to the Colorado School of Mines Board of Trustees by Gov. Jared Polis.

Mines alum David Lawler ‘90 will serve a four-year term on the board through December 2025. Current trustee Lucinda Sanders was also re-appointed to a second four-year term.

Lawler – who served as a student trustee to the board during his undergraduate days at Mines – is chairman and president of BP America and CEO of BPX Energy.

AS BP’s chief representative in the United States, Lawler leads the collective efforts of the company’s U.S. businesses as they progress toward BP’s net zero ambition and shift into an integrated energy company, producing resilient and focused hydrocarbons, expanding the company’s presence in convenience and mobility, and increasing investments in low-carbon electricity and energy.

In his role at BPX Energy, BP’s onshore energy team in the U.S., Lawler guides the delivery of resilient, high-margin hydrocarbons from positions in Texas and Louisiana. Under his leadership, the company recently committed to reaching zero routine flaring in its U.S. onshore operations by 2025, building on recent success reducing flaring intensity in the Permian Basin to 2 percent in 2021 from 16 percent in 2019.

A 30-year veteran of the energy industry, Lawler joined BPX in 2014 from SandRidge Energy, a US-based oil and gas independent. He previously served as president and CEO of PostRock Energy Corporation and began his career as a production engineer with Conoco and as a drilling engineer with Burlington Resources. He also worked with Shell for 10 years in its U.S. Gulf Coast Business Unit.
Lawler holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Mines and a Master of Business Administration from Tulane University. A Denver native, he also serves on the Executive Committee of the American Petroleum Institute, Board of Directors of the Permian Strategic Partnership and Board of Directors of the Mewbourne College of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Oklahoma.

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Emilie Rusch

Emilie Rusch

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