Ryan Holeywell | February 22, 2016 Ann Barnes, of Legacy Community Health, and John Mingé, of BP America, will help shape the Institute's long-term future.

Ryan Holeywell | @RyanHoleywell | February 22, 2016

Anne Barnes, left, and John Mingé, right. Ann Barnes, left, and John Mingé, right.

Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research welcomes two new members to its growing advisory board. Dr. Ann Barnes, chief medical officer of Legacy Community Health, and John Mingé, the chairman and president of BP America, joined in January. Each will serve a three-year term.

The board’s nominating committee chose Barnes due to her extensive knowledge of public health, one of the Kinder Institute’s key areas of research. At Legacy Community Health, Barnes oversees clinical and public health services and plays a critical role in the organization’s community outreach efforts. A board-certified internist, Barnes is also an associated professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Before joining Legacy, she was the medical director of Weight Management Services and Disease Prevention at the Harris Health System.

John Mingé was tapped due to BP’s close relationship with Rice University and the important role BP plays in Houston’s economy, employing thousands of people. In his role as head of BP America, Mingé provides leadership and oversight to BP’s U.S. businesses. He started his 32-year career with the company as a drilling engineer and has held leadership posts with the company across the globe.

“We’re extremely pleased to welcome Ann and John to the group and look forward to utilizing their wealth of knowledge, enthusiasm, and expertise as we expand,” Kinder Institute Director Bill Fulton said.

Established in 2011, and chaired by Rich Kinder, the twelve-member board advises on strategic planning, aids with fundraising, and represents the Kinder Institute in Houston — and beyond.

Click here to read the full biographies of Barnes, Mingé, and other members of the Kinder Institute’s advisory board.