Kaiser-Francis executive endows petroleum engineering scholarship at Texas A&M

Kaiser-Francis Oil Co. president and chief executive officer H.G. "Buddy" Kleemeier and his wife, Dottie, have endowed a scholarship for petroleum engineering undergraduates at Texas A&M University."My education at Texas A&M allowed me to commence my career as a petroleum engineer. After 44 years of active participation in the oil and gas business, I still am fascinated and excited to participate in this dynamic industry," Kleemeier said in explaining the gift's importance to him.Dottie and Buddy Kleemeier '66The Dottie and Buddy Kleemeier '66 Scholarship will be funded through the Texas A&M Foundation with a gift of $25,000. Recipients will be U.S. citizens."The petroleum engineering department provides the manpower to the industry that generates over 70 percent of the energy used to power America so we can maintain our standard of living. Year after year this scholarship from Buddy and Dottie Kleemeier will allow our department to continue contributing highly qualified graduates to the workforce," said Stephen A. Holditch, department head and holder of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Endowed Chair.Kleemeier joined Kaiser-Francis in 1985, rising through the ranks as executive vice president and chief operating officer. He assumed his current position in 2005.Kaiser-Francis and its subsidiaries operate producing properties in 13 states and two provinces in Canada. The Tulsa, Okla.-based firm is among the nation's largest private energy producers.Kleemeier is involved with the management of Excelerate Energy, which operates the world's first two offshore deep water ports for liquefied natural gas (LNG), both in the United States, near Sabine Pass, Texas, and Boston, Mass. Excelerate also operates LNG ports in the United Kingdom, Argentina and Kuwait.Kleemeier is immediate past chairman of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), a past chairman of the Natural Gas Committee of IPAA and a member of the Natural Gas Council.A Houston native, he graduated from Texas A&M in 1966 with a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering, serving on the Student Engineers' Council his senior year.At Texas A&M Kleemeier is a member of the Petroleum Engineering Industry Board. He and his wife, Dottie, are 23-year members of the Association of Former Students' Century Club. "Buddy's generous scholarship and continued service on the petroleum board will help our students become great engineers and highly successful former students. We cannot thank him enough for his support and dedication to Texas A&M," said Brady Bullard, director of development for engineering with the Texas A&M Foundation.The Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering is ranked 1st in undergraduate programs and 2nd in graduate studies among top public institutions in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.