Marine Science Presents Former Shell Oil Chief

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 6, 2009) – The USF College of Marine Science will host a public lecture by former Shell Oil president turned energy independence advocate John Hofmeister on Wednesday, March 11.


Hofmeister, who retired as president of Shell Oil in 2008, now heads Citizens for Affordable Energy, a public policy and education firm that promotes U.S. energy solutions, including affordable energy supplies, sustainable environmental policies and public education on energy issues. As Shell Oil’s president, Hofmeister launched an extensive outreach program to discuss critical global energy challenges that included an 18-month, 50-city tour in which Hofmeister led discussions with more than 15,000 business, community and civic leaders.


Since retirement, Hofmeister has publicly lamented the lack of what he calls a “coherent and rational” energy strategy for the United States and has been an outspoken critic of political leaders’ handling of energy challenges. Hofmeister’s St. Petersburg lecture will come just days after he attends an international climate conference in Denmark called in preparation for the crucial United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held there later this year.


Hofmeister will speak on “America’s Energy Security: After 35 Years of Systemic Failure, What We Must Do Differently.” The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. at the Karen A. Steidinger Auditorium at the Florida Fish & Wildlife Research Institute, 100 8th Ave. S.E.

The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference