Gerald W. McElvy
Retired President, ExxonMobil Foundation
Mr. McElvy retired after a distinguished 33-year career with Exxon Mobil Corporation, serving the last six years as president of the ExxonMobil Foundation, the primary philanthropic arm of the corporation. During his tenure, the foundation focused on improving math and science education, fighting malaria and other infectious diseases, empowering women and girls in developing countries, public policy, and civic and community programs in regions where ExxonMobil has significant operations. Notable foundation programs implemented included the construction of more than 20 primary schools and six public health posts in Angola and development of the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp on 30 university campuses. The foundation also focused more resources on programs to improve math and science education in the U.S., including ExxonMobil’s early funding of Reasoning Mind and development of the National Math and Science Initiative.

Mr. McElvy was appointed to the University of Houston System Board of Regents in 2015 by Governor Greg Abbott and will serve through August 31, 2021.  For fiscal year 2015-2016, he will serve as a member on the Academic and Student Success, the Endowment Management and the Finance and Administration Committees.

Mr. McElvy also serves on the advisory board of the Texas Academy of Math and Science at the University of North Texas. He has previously served as a board member of several education and community service organizations including Eisenhower Fellowships, which sponsors U.S. internships for emerging global leaders; the Texas Business and Education Coalition; the Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation (treasurer); United Way of Greater Houston (finance committee); Save the Tiger Fund; Hermann Park Conservancy; and Odyssey House, a chemical dependency recovery program for adolescents in Houston.

Mr. McElvy is a native of Fort Worth, Texas. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Houston, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and accounting, and he completed his M.B.A. in finance from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1977.