Hall of Distinction Class of 2013-2014

Bill R. Hise is part owner and vice president of The Hise Company, a firm offering a wide range of consulting services pertaining to geological, drilling, production and reservoir engineering, primarily in the Southeast and Southwest US. 

A native of Abilene, Texas, Hise’s parents insisted on his pursuit of a college degree. After one year at McMurry University, he transferred to the University of Oklahoma, where he received a B.S. with Distinction and a M.S., both in Petroleum Engineering, and a commission in the United States Air Force as a distinguished military graduate. While at OU, Hise met Anne Warren from Shreveport, La., herself a petroleum engineering student, and they married following graduation.

Hise joined Shell Oil Company in 1954, and in 1955 was called to the U.S. Air Force, stationed at Edwards Air Force Base. He returned to Shell in 1957, serving as a field engineer, reservoir engineer, division reservoir engineer and research engineer. 

In 1964, Hise joined LSU’s petroleum engineering faculty as an associate professor, was promoted to professor in 1970 and named the Halliburton Professor of Petroleum Engineering. He organized new courses and taught courses in drilling, production and petroleum property evaluation, and continuing education short courses.

Hise served as LSU’s first director of the IADC Petroleum Industry Blowout Prevention and Well Control Training Center, established in 1971. Commonly referred to as the Well Facility, it is an industrial-scale facility with full-scale equipment and instrumentation related to borehole technology and has provided training and research for thousands of students and engineering professionals.

Hise organized and served as general chairman for three Symposia on Abnormal Subsurface Pressure held at LSU, with a total attendance of over 750 engineers and scientists from all over the U.S. He was active in making numerous speeches related to abnormal subsurface pressure and geothermal energy at both the state and Federal level, including speeches before the Louisiana/Mississippi Congressional delegations, the National Science Foundation, and the United Nations Council on Energy.

He served as the oil and gas consultant to the LSU Board of Supervisors and a consultant to several State and Federal committees on petroleum related matters. He was faculty advisor to Tau Beta Pi and to Pi Epsilon Tau, serving Pi Epsilon Tau as national councilman and national president (1975-1977).

Hise left LSU in 1980 to join his wife in a petroleum and geological consulting firm. Holding degrees in Petroleum Engineering and Geologic Engineering, she worked at LSU’s Coastal Studies Institute of the Office of Naval Research, and assisted Hise in teaching a petroleum geology course, including authoring the course’s laboratory exercise workbook. In 1982, Hise’s son Richard, an LSU Chemical Engineering alumnus who previously worked for Exxon, joined The Hise Company.

Hise is a Registered Professional Engineer in Louisiana. He participated in preparing some of the original questions used in the Principals and Practice of Engineering Examination for petroleum engineers. He is a lifetime member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and has served on five SPE committees, including the general editorial committee. He is author or co-author of papers for the SPE, API and IAPC.

In the community, the Hises were co-chairmen of one division of the 2007-2008 Annual Campaign Fund for Episcopal High School in Baton Rouge and co-chairman of the 2008-2009 Annual Fund for Excellence for the Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation. Hise is a member of The Chapel on the Campus.

The Hises have two children, Richard and Beverly. Richard is married to Debra, and they have two children, Taylor and Forrest. Beverly is married to Rory Russell, and they have two children, Bailey and Charlotte. All of his extended family, of college age, have either attended, are attending, or have received degrees from LSU.