Tulsa Research Day 2016 Keynote Speaker

Michael Teaguemichael-teague
Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment 

Michael Teague is serving as Oklahoma’s first secretary of Energy and Environment.

The Office of the Secretary of Energy & Environment helps develop and advance policies that encourage energy exploration and production and responsible environmental stewardship throughout Oklahoma. The Secretary of Energy and Environment serves as the governor’s chief advisor on energy and environmental policy and is the governor’s cabinet office with oversight over Oklahoma’s energy and environmental agencies.

Prior to his appointment, Teague served in the U.S. Army for nearly 30 years before retiring with the rank of Colonel.

Teague served in many capacities during his time in the Army including commander for the Tulsa District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers where he was responsible for a civil works program encompassing all of Oklahoma, a large portion of southern Kansas and the panhandle of northern Texas. He oversaw over 700 employees in engineering, construction and operations, as well as an annual budget of $700 million.

Throughout his career, Teague has dealt with power generation and distribution, water desalinization, and environmental impact studies. He has facilitated and negotiated numerous solutions regarding federal and state agencies, tribes, and local stakeholders and has acted as a liaison between the Tulsa District and the United States Congress.

Teague also served in operational assignments in Germany, Honduras, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and numerous stateside duty stations. He deployed several times to the Middle East and central Asia including commanding the 52nd Engineer Battalion in Mosul, Iraq in support of the 101st Airborne Division as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Global War on Terrorism and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medals, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal and the Combat Action and Parachutist Badges.

Teague received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Norwich University.  He also received master’s degrees in operations analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School and in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College.