Meet acting-Secretary Vawter
On July 1st, 2019 A. Brandt Vawter became the 50th Secretary of the Commissioners Land Office. Appointed by Governor J. Kevin Stitt and confirmed by commissioners Lieutenant Governor Matt Pinnell, Superintendent of Education Joy Hofmeister, State Auditor and Inspector Cindy Byrd, and Agriculture Secretary Blayne Arthur. Secretary Vawter is responsible for managing the state school land trust assets established at statehood.
Prior to joining the CLO, Secretary Vawter was the founder and CEO of Monticello Investments, LLC, a Midcontinent non-operated oil and gas company, and Monticello Real Estate, LLC an Oklahoma City residential real estate company. Prior to launching these companies Secretary Vawter founded and sold Deep Creek Resources, LLC, a non-op oil and gas company with assets in Texas and Montana. The ability to start these companies was built on experience gained from working in escalating levels in Land for XTO Energy in Fort Worth, Texas and Chesapeake Energy in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma as well as a field landman in Indiana, Kentucky, and Texas.
Secretary Vawter earned a bachelors in science in economics from Texas Christian University. He served for 3 years on the University of Oklahoma Board of Advisors for the Energy Management school, Oklahoma City Association of Professional Landmen Board for the past years 12 years, and is active in the American Association of Petroleum Landmen. Brandt lives in Oklahoma City with his wife Amber, and 2 children.
The Commissioners of the Land Office owns and manages over 750,000 acres of land in Oklahoma, making the agency the second largest owner of real estate in the state. More than 1,100,000 acres of minerals provide great opportunity for the trust to grow, with the continuing growth in energy in Oklahoma. The Land Office has permanent trust investments valued at over $2.4 billion.
Before Oklahoma became a state, Congress set aside land in Oklahoma for the sole purpose of generating revenue to support public education. Oklahoma’s constitution establishes the Oklahoma Commissioners of the Land Office as the keeper of the “sacred trust.”