Richard Brantley joined University Lands in 1999, holding multiple positions within the organization prior to his current role as Senior Vice President of Operations. University Lands is a part of The University of Texas System and manages 2.1 million acres of land in 19 West Texas counties, which produces revenue that is deposited into the Permanent University Fund (PUF). The PUF endowment benefits more than twenty educational and health institutions across The University of Texas System and Texas A&M System.
As the longest tenured member of the Executive Leadership Team, Richard provides a legacy perspective to the management of University Lands. Prior to joining University Lands, Richard worked in the private oil and gas sector specializing in production enhancement technologies, environmental management, and the beneficial utilization of stranded natural gas resources. He also enjoys technology and process innovation and has been awarded two US patents.
Richard serves on several boards, including the Midland Chamber of Commerce, Permian Basin Water in Energy Conference, Texas Water & Energy Institute, and the American Conservation Foundation.
Richard has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from West Texas State University. He and his wife, Lea, have two grown sons.