Forrest E. “Eddie” Harrell

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B.S. PE 1958
Non-Executive Chairman, Citation Oil & Gas Corp.

After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin in 1958 with a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering, Eddie Harrell joined Humble Oil & Refining Co. (Exxon) as a reservoir engineer. He left Exxon in 1964 to accept a position with Tenneco Oil Company. While at Tenneco he held a number of engineering and management positions, ending as manager of the Economics and Planning Department. He then joined TransOcean Oil, Inc. as financial vice president and, after a three-year tour with TransOcean's parent, Vickers Energy, was named president and CEO. TransOcean was sold to Mobil in late 1980 and, rather than continue with an established company, he elected to form Citation Oil & Gas Corp. in 1981.

Under the leadership of Harrell and his sons, Curtis and Forrest, Citation has grown to become one of the largest privately held independent oil and gas companies in the United States. Since 1985, Citation's success has resulted from a focused business strategy of acquiring and operating domestic oil and gas properties. Today, Citation has ownership interest in more than 14,000 wells in approximately 400 separately designated fields. The company is headquartered in Houston and has more than 500 employees in 13 states.

Harrell is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas, a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and a Friend of Alec. He has served in board positions and leadership roles in many corporate, professional, civic and charitable organizations. While at UT Austin, Harrell had a lively student life. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and the Texas Cowboys, and he was an active participant in intramural sports.

Harrell and his wife Sandra have been married 53 years. They reside in Houston and have three sons and 12 grandchildren. All three sons have degrees from The University of Texas at Austin and one granddaughter is completing her junior year at UT Austin's Jackson School of Geosciences.


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