|Gov.-elect Mary Fallin has selected Mike Ming to serve as the state's secretary of energy.|
Ming, of Edmond, most recently served as president of Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America, a Texas-based nonprofit organization with more than 180 members representing the energy industry, academia and research community.
“Energy is one of Oklahoma's top industries that has played a vital role in job creation and has had a huge impact on our state's economy,” Gov.-elect Mary Fallin said in a statement announcing the appointment. “Mike Ming knows the energy industry and brings with him a wealth of experience and contacts in all aspects of energy.”
He will succeed Robert “Bobby” Wegener, whom Gov. Brad Henry named energy secretary in 2008.
Ming started out as a drilling and production engineer for Chevron, USA. He also served as vice president of production for the Oklahoma City-based Bracken Energy Co. Ming was vice president of engineering at K. Stewart Petroleum Corp. of Oklahoma City, and was a managing member of Edmond-based K. Stewart Energy Group.
Ming was an adviser to the U.S. Energy Department for its strategic planning initiative. In 2009, he was appointed a member of the Oklahoma Clean Energy Independence Commission.
He served as an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma's school of business energy management program. He is a frequent lecturer on the topic of energy at OU and the University of Tulsa.