Oklahoma State University Announces First Executive Director of Hamm Institute for American Energy

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

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Oklahoma State University on Tuesday announced the appointment of Kenneth Wagner as the inaugural executive director of the Hamm Institute for American Energy in Oklahoma City.

With 23 years of experience in the energy industry, including serving as Oklahoma’s Secretary of Energy and Environment, Wagner brings a high level of expertise to the position.

Kenneth Wagner

“Ken’s appointment to lead the Hamm Institute for American Energy represents a solid investment and commitment to the Institute’s mission to become a global energy leader,” said the president of the Institute. OSU, Kayse Shrum. “Ken’s experience and deep knowledge of the energy industry will serve the Institute well as it fulfills its mission to educate the next generation of energy leaders and position the Oklahoma as the world’s energy leader.

“I look forward to Ken making an immediate impact as he works to help shape energy leadership in Oklahoma, the United States, and beyond. On behalf of Oklahoma State University and the Board of Trustees of OSU/A&M, I would like to congratulate Ken on being named Executive Director of the Hamm Institute for American Energy.

The Hamm Institute for American Energy is founded on the guiding principle of solving humanity’s greatest energy needs. The Hamm Institute will develop the energy leaders of tomorrow by engaging industry and academia and developing practical, global and science-based solutions through collaboration, research and development.

“Ken’s knowledge of the industry and Oklahoma’s energy landscape makes him the ideal person to work with energy leaders around the world and help live the Institute’s mission,” said Harold Hamm, founder of the Hamm Institute and president of Continental Resources. “I am confident that with Ken’s leadership, the Hamm Institute will be recognized as the world leader in all things energy. The Hamm Institute will be a place where the best and the brightest come together to responsibly meet the world’s energy needs.

The announcement was made Tuesday at Oklahoma State University’s 15th Annual Energy Conference, held at the Hamm Institute for American Energy.

“Serving the people of this great state and country has been an honor. This service will continue as I have the privilege of leading the Hamm Institute in solving the world’s energy needs. With the current state of energy in the world, there has never been a more important time for the Hamm Institute than now,” Wagner said. “I’m grateful to President Shrum and Mr. Hamm for trusting me to take on this role and I’m ready to go.”

Wagner’s experience includes a variety of regional and national positions in the energy industry. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma, he attended the University of Tulsa College of Law before founding a full-service law firm that focused on corporate matters, energy and environment. He later served as Senior Advisor to the Administrator of Regional and State Affairs at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Since 2019, he has served as Oklahoma’s Energy and Environment Secretary for Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, promoting the growth of responsible, clean, and affordable energy while protecting natural resources and the environment. biodiversity of Oklahoma. He will continue in this role until a replacement is appointed.

“Having worked with Ken as Oklahoma’s Secretary of Energy and Environment, I can confirm first-hand that his leadership, knowledge, and dedication to energy will serve the Hamm Institute well as ‘he’s fulfilling his mission to champion energy and educate future generations,’ Stitt said. “I am confident that this appointment will allow the Institute to thrive and further elevate Oklahoma as a national leader in energy management, research and education. I look forward to seeing how Ken’s leadership helps grow and strengthen the energy sector in Oklahoma. »

From left to right: Harold Hamm, Kenneth Wagner, Dr. Kayse Shrum and Jerome Loughridge. (Picture by Piper Reese)

In December 2021, a historic gift from the Harold Hamm Foundation and Continental Resources established the Hamm Institute for American Energy at Oklahoma State University. A popular place to host symposia, authors, speakers, summits and global conversations – and with a state-of-the-art laboratory with wells drilled under the building, an auditorium and classrooms, the Institute will be the first center of energy innovation.

For more information about the Hamm Institute for American Energy, visit go.okstate.edu/hamm-institute.

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