Jones School Announces New Members on Council of Overseers
Three prominent leaders have been added to the Council of Overseers for the Jones Graduate School of Business. The organization acts in an advisory role to the dean. Michael Linn is executive chairman of Linn Energy, LLC; Robert Potter, Rice '73, is executive vice president, energy systems, at FMC Technologies, Inc.; and Anne Taylor is vice chairman and regional managing partner, Mid-America at Deloitte LLP. Each is serving his/her first term.
“We are extremely excited to add these three members to the council,” said chairman T. Jay Collins. “Their business expertise and commitment to business education will be of great value to the Jones School and the Rice community.”
Dean Bill Glick added, “The Jones School is fortunate to have the support of a stellar group of leaders. Each one is committed to our mission of developing principled, innovative thought leaders in global communities and shares an enthusiasm for business education.”
Linn is the executive chairman of LINN Energy, LLC (Nasdaq: LINE), which he founded in 2003. Prior to that he was president of Allegheny Interests, Inc. and served as president and CEO of Meridian Exploration Corporation. Mr. Linn serves on the National Petroleum Council and American Exploration and Production Council. Additionally,, he serves on the boards of American’s Natural Gas Alliance and the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), is chairman of the IPAA Political Action Committee and the past chairman of IPAA. A Texas Representative for the Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committee of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, Mr. Linn previously served as chairman of the National Gas Council and Director of the Natural Gas Supply Association, and as president of the Independent Oil and Gas Associations of New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Mr. Linn regularly represents the oil and natural gas industry before state and federal agencies, the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate and in the media. He has also published numerous articles in oil and natural gas trade publications and newspapers.
Robust civic affiliations include serving on the boards of Houston Children’s Charity — which recently honored him for his philanthropic works — the Texas Heart Institute, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas Children's Hospital, Visitors Board of the MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston Police Foundation, and chairman of the Texas Children’s Hospital Corporate Committee Capital Campaign.
Mr. Linn graduated cum laude from Villanova University with a BA in Political Science and cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Following graduation, he practiced law for the law firm of Ecker, Ecker, Zofer and Rome until 1980, when he joined Meridian Exploration as General Counsel.
Potter is the executive vice president of Energy Systems. Prior to assuming this role, he served as senior vice president of Energy Processing and Global Surface Wellhead at FMC Technologies, Inc. Potter joined FMC as a sales representative for the Wellhead Equipment Division and held several sales management positions over the years.
A graduate of Rice University with a bachelor's degree in commerce, he serves on the executive committee for the Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association, is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Ocean Industries Association and is a member of the American Petroleum Institute. Mr. Potter also serves on the Advisory Board of Spindletop Charities.
Taylor is vice chairman and managing partner of Deloitte’s eight-state Mid-America region. In this role, she is responsible for developing Deloitte’s presence in the marketplace, connecting the Deloitte team to client needs and the community, and implementing Deloitte’s people strategies. Ms. Taylor also serves as leader of Deloitte’s Gulf Coast practice.
Previous roles include U.S. chief strategy officer for Deloitte & Touche USA LLP, national managing partner of Deloitte & Touche LLP’s Management Solutions & Services practice, global leader E-Business, and regional managing director for Deloitte Consulting LLP. Ms. Taylor has served on the board of directors and the U.S. executive committee of Deloitte LLP, the board of directors of Deloitte Consulting, and the global management committee of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.
She has over 25 years of experience as a management consultant, and joined Deloitte through the acquisition of a software consulting firm where she was a principal.
Ms. Taylor serves on the executive committee and board of directors of Central Houston, and the executive committee and board of directors of the Greater Houston Partnership, where she chairs the Education Committee. She sits on the board of directors and executive board for Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas and serves on the board of trustees for the United Way of Greater Houston. Ms. Taylor is also a member of the Committee of 200, a women’s business leadership organization. She is a graduate of Penn State University with a BS in business management.
About the Council of Overseers
Established in 1977, the Council of Overseers at the Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University, consists of community and business leaders from Houston and around the country who fulfill an important advisory role to the dean and faculty of the Jones School.