Duke Ligon is a seasoned executive in the energy sector who worked as the general counsel and vice president of Devon Energy in Oklahoma City until his retirement in 2007. An active member of the business community, Duke Ligon serves on the executive council for the Kay Bailey Hutchison (KBH) Center for Energy, Law & Business. The organization offers a variety of opportunities for students at the University of Texas (UT) School of Law, such as the Graduate Portfolio Program in Energy Studies (GPPES).
Using UT’s authority in energy-related topics, the program provides students with an interdisciplinary experience designed to broaden their understanding on the energy sector. Students will learn how to address energy issues from an overall policy perspective and receive the necessary training to enhance their attractiveness to government agencies, nonprofit institutions, and the private sector. The GPPES enables students to create their own educational program by choosing from a wide range of energy-related courses and pursuing specific interest areas.
All GPPES students must also take Energy Technology and Policy, a gateway course that focuses on economic and environmental issues concerning emerging and traditional technologies. In addition, students attend weekly symposiums featuring presentations on concerns and developments in the energy sector. The program culminates with an energy-oriented research project.