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Michael Johnson to be honored at NMSU commencement

Michael L. Johnson will receive an honorary doctorate at New Mexico State University's fall commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Pan American Center.

Michael L. Johnson will receive an honorary doctorate at New Mexico State University's fall commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Pan American Center. (Courtesy photo)

Johnson is being honored for the inspirational example he has set as a successful geologist in the oil and gas industry and for his continued support of NMSU, including his tireless advocacy for advancing science programs.

The commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Doors will open at 9 a.m. and the ceremony is expected to last two hours. Tickets are not required. For complete commencement information, see http://www.nmsu.edu/commencement/.

Michael L. JohnsonMore than 1,500 students are candidates for degrees.

Johnson is semi-retired, serving in various consulting and advisory roles. Before retiring from his 28-year career with Conoco Inc. (now ConocoPhillips) in late 2002, he served as vice president and general manager of Conoco Inc. and as chairman and CEO of Conoco Gas and Power, a division of Conoco Inc. This part of Conoco is an integrated, midstream portfolio of businesses that includes gas gathering and processing, gas storage, gas and power marketing, power generation, and natural gas liquids marketing, transportation and storage for all of North America and the Caribbean.

Johnson has a bachelor's degree in geology from NMSU, a master's in geochemistry from Rice University and a master's in finance from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is serving as chair of the NMSU Dean's Council of Excellence in Sciences and has been appointed to the NMSU Foundation Board. He was chosen as an NMSU Distinguished Alumnus in 1997. In July, Johnson and his wife, Judy, established the first endowed chair in the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences with a $1 million gift to the Department of Geological Sciences.

Johnson serves on the Rice University Owl Club Board of Directors and is a member of the Audit Committee and Board of Directors of Copano Energy LLC. He is frequently called upon to testify before Congress regarding gas supply and gas economics, and is a frequent speaker to outside groups on the U.S. gas business and free enterprise as well as science topics.

Johnson has been a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists since 1972. He is listed in the 1993 edition of Who's Who in International Business. He was a member of the board of directors of Phoenix Park Gas Processors in Trinidad and Tobago, and was a vice president of the Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce. He also is a past chairman of the Natural Gas Supply Association, past vice chairman of the Texas Intrastate Pipeline Association, and the past president of the Houston/Galveston-Stavanger Sister Cities Society. He was on the board and a member of the executive committee of the Gas Technology Institute. He also was a member of the Natural Gas Council of America.

Johnson is currently a consultant for energy technology for the mayor of Stavanger, Norway, and is a member of the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America, operated by the U.S. Department of Energy.

A native of Roswell, N.M., Johnson now lives with his wife, who is chief financial officer for the city of Houston, in Houston, Texas, but they plan to move to their ranch in Nambe, N.M., in the near future. The Johnsons have two children: a son, who is a junior at Southern Methodist University majoring in accounting, and a daughter, who is a freshman majoring in electrical engineering at the University of Southern California.