Southwestern University Trustee
Sylvia J. Kerrigan ’86
Sylvia Kerrigan is the Executive Director of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law and Business at The University of Texas-Austin, as well as a member of the boards of directors for Team Industrial Services and Nine Point Energy. She is the past chairman of the international law section of the Texas Bar and a life fellow in the Texas Bar Foundation. She has served on the boards of various professional organizations, including the American Leadership Forum, the Center for American and International Law, and the Houston Bar Association.
Ms. Kerrigan retired as the executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Marathon Oil Corporation in 2017. During her 22-year career at Marathon, Ms. Kerrigan was entrusted with a number of responsibilities, including information governance, litigation, human resources, environmental matters, compliance, business integrity, public policy, and corporate communications. Ms. Kerrigan worked for two years in Geneva, Switzerland, at the United Nations Security Council’s Commission d’Indemnisation, where she served as the senior legal officer and team leader responsible for arbitrating the losses sustained by international energy companies following Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait. During her five years as a lawyer in private practice, she counseled energy, construction, manufacturing, and transportation clients on complex commercial, international, and insurance matters.
Sylvia graduated cum laude from Southwestern with a degree in philosophy, political economy, and English in 1986. At Southwestern, she was a member of Delta Delta Delta. She received her law degree from The University of Texas in 1990. Sylvia currently chairs the board’s academic affairs committee. She formerly was a member of Southwestern’s board of visitors.