James W. Crownover

(Rice BA '65, BS '66)
Former Director, McKinsey & Company, Inc.

Mr. James W. Crownover completed a 30-year career with McKinsey & Company, Inc., at the end of 1998. During his career, he primarily served energy company clients and held several leadership positions within the Firm: he led McKinsey’s regional practice in the Southwest for 10 years, he co-headed the Firm’s energy practice for several years, and he served on McKinsey’s Shareholders Committee (its 20-person elected board of directors) during his last 8 years with the Firm. 
Currently, Mr. Crownover serves on the boards of directors of four NYSE companies: FTI Consulting, Inc., Chemtura Corporation, Weingarten Realty Investors, and Republic Services, Inc. He is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Rice University. Over the past 25 years, he has been a leader in the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast. He chaired Houston’s United Way campaign four years ago, and is a two-time recipient of its Volunteer of the Year Award. He is a past member of the advisory board of the Stanford Graduate School of Business. 
In 1966, Jim received his BS cum laude in chemical engineering from Rice University. He also received an MBA in 1968 from the Stanford Business School.