Chip Groat became the 13th Director of the U.S. Geological Survey in November 1998. He came to this position from the University of Texas at El Paso where he served first as Director of the Center for Environmental Resource Management, then as Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored Projects. He was also Professor of Geological Sciences and Director of the Environmental Science and Engineering Ph.D. Program at UTEP. Previous experience includes serving as Executive Director of the Center for Coastal, Energy, and Environmental Resources at Louisiana State University, Executive Director of the American Geological Institute, State Geologist and Director of the Louisiana Geological Survey, and Associate Director and Acting Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin. He has represented Louisiana and Texas on the OCS Policy Board and has been a member of the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources of the National Research Council. He holds a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Texas at Austin.
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