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December Commencement Convocation

December Graduation

Speaker

 

Kenneth A. Hersh

 

Kenneth A. Hersh is President and Chief Executive Officer of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, a Dallas-based non-partisan institution, which houses the George W. Bush Library and Museum and the George W. Bush Institute. The Bush Center’s mission is to engage communities in the U.S. and around the world by developing leaders, advancing policy, and taking action to solve today’s most pressing challenges. Under Hersh’s leadership, the Bush Center focuses its efforts on domestic excellence and global leadership initiatives.

He also serves as co-founder and advisory partner of NGP Energy Capital Management where he assists with the strategic direction of the firm. NGP is a premier private equity investment franchise in the natural resources industry, managing over $17 billion of cumulative committed capital since its inception in 1988. Mr. Hersh served as NGP’s chief executive officer until 2015. From 1988-2015, under his leadership NGP invested over $10 billion, and achieved a 27-year gross IRR of 30% (net IRR of 19%), making it one of the nation’s leading investment firms during that  period.

 

Mr. Hersh currently serves as a senior advisor and as the deputy chief investment officer for The Carlyle Group’s natural resources division and sits on the board of the Texas Rangers Baseball Club. In addition, Mr. Hersh serves on the Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Council of the American Enterprise Institute, the Dallas Citizens Council, and the World Economic Forum. He also sits on the Dean’s Council of the Harvard Kennedy School. Mr. Hersh served on the Advisory Council of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business from 2009-2015. In 2014, he was recognized as Master Entrepreneur of the Year for the Southwest Region by Ernst & Young during its Entrepreneur of the Year program, and in 2017 received the Oil & Gas Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mr. Hersh has also been very involved in the nonprofit arena both nationally and locally on a personal basis and also through the efforts of The Hersh Foundation, his family’s private foundation. He serves on the boards of the Communities Foundation of Texas, Baylor Health Care System Foundation, and the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues. From 1998-2015, Mr. Hersh served on the board of St. Mark’s School of Texas, where he held numerous positions including president from 2010-2012. In 2015, Mr. Hersh received the St. Mark’s School of Texas Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Prior to co-founding NGP, Mr. Hersh was employed by Morgan Stanley & Co., where he was a member of the firm’s energy group specializing in oil and gas financing and merger and acquisition transactions.

Mr. Hersh was born and raised in Dallas. After graduating from St. Mark’s, he attended Princeton University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1985 with a degree in political science. In 1989, Mr. Hersh earned his M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where he graduated as an Arjay Miller Scholar. Mr. Hersh and his wife, Julie, reside in Dallas.