Wayne King graduated from Texas A&I in 1959 with a degree in petroleum and natural gas engineering. After graduating from Texas A&I, and the Javelina Battalion ROTC program, Mr. King served two years as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He returned to Texas in 1961 to begin his career with Dow Chemical in Lake Jackson, before working for Shell Oil. In 1969, King joined Valero Energy and helped them become the largest intrastate pipeline company in Texas and the largest refining corporation in the United States. King retired from Valero in 1993 as Senior Vice President and formed the energy consulting firm, Fairfield Resources. As an active alumnus, King served on the original committee that formed the first Javelina Alumni Association in the late 60’s. He served on the Alumni Board from 77 – 83 and was elected association president in 83. Also in 83, Gov. Mark White appointed King to a six-year term to the Board of Regents of the University System of South Texas which governed Texas A&I. King has served on search committees for various leadership positions across the University including President, College of Engineering Deans and Department Chairs. He was also instrumental in the success of the University’s first capital campaign called, Building on Our Traditions. In recognition for his commitment to the University and his many industry accomplishments King was honored as a 2004 Distinguished Alumnus by the Javelina Alumni Association. Additionally, in 2007 the University renamed the chemical and natural gas department the Wayne H. King Department of Chemical and Natural Gas Engineering.

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