Southwestern University Trustee
Sylvia J. Kerrigan ’86
Sylvia 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 litigation, human resources, environmental matters, compliance and 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.
Ms. Kerrigan is currently the Executive Director of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law and Business at The University of Texas-Austin, a member of the board of directors for Team Industrial Services, Nine Point Energy, and Alta Mesa Resources. 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.
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. Following law school, she clerked for Justice Eugene Cook on the Texas Supreme Court. Sylvia is a former member of Southwestern’s board of visitors.