Engineering former student George Hickox selected as Texas A&M Foundation trustee

George K. Hickox Jr., who holds two degrees from Texas A&M University, will begin serving on the Texas A&M Foundation Board of Trustees on July 1.

The Texas A&M Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization that raises money to support academics and student leadership programs at the university.Photo of George K. Hickox Jr.

Since 1991 he has been a principal of Philadelphia-based Heller Hickox & Co., a partnership that invests in and sponsors oil- and gas-related transactions such as restructurings, recapitalizations and acquisitions of producing properties, pipelines, gathering systems and oil field service companies.

Hickox served as chairman of the board and CEO of The Wiser Oil Co. from 2000 to 2004, when it was sold. Previously he worked in investment banking for Butcher & Co. in Philadelphia and Copeland, Wickersham, Wiley & Co. in Houston.

Hickox established the endowed George K. Hickox Jr. Professorship in Petroleum Engineering through the Texas A&M Foundation a few years ago and currently serves on the Industry Board of Texas A&M University’s Department of Petroleum Engineering.

“I enjoy talking to other alumni about endowing the needs of the department,” said Hickox, a resident of Villanova, Pa. “It is a great way for me to connect with old friends and get back to campus a few times a year. When I talk to Aggies, I mention the needs of the university and the special pleasure I get from giving back, both in time and treasure.”

After receiving Aggie bachelor’s degrees in geology and petroleum engineering, Hickox earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Houston in 1985. He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and theSociety of Petroleum Engineers.

Hickox replaces Bob Surovik, president of McMahon Surovik Suttle law firm in Abilene, on the Texas A&M Foundation Board of Trustees. As Surovik rotated off the board, he also finished serving as its chairman. The new chairman is John Bethancourt, who in June retired from Chevron Corp., where he was an executive vice president.

Seven trustees, each serving seven-year terms with one newcomer appointed each year for continuity, govern the Texas A&M Foundation, which leads Operation Spirit and MindSM an initiative raising $300 million for Aggie scholarships and fellowships.