NRG Retail and Reliant President To Provide Dec. 18 Convocation Keynote

Published on November 23, 2015

Bauer College Will Celebrate Over 700 Graduates During Dec. 18 Ceremony

More than 700 grads to be celebrated during Dec. 18 convocation ceremony.

More than 700 grads to be celebrated during Dec. 18 convocation ceremony.

The C. T. Bauer College of Business will celebrate more than 700 graduating students at a convocation ceremony on Dec. 18.

The graduating class includes 586 undergraduates and 133 graduate students, earning business degrees from the University of Houston. Bauer College Dean Latha Ramchand will recognize the graduates for their achievements, with special acknowledgment for undergraduate students achieving a 4.0 grade point average and outstanding graduate students.

The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 18 in Hofheinz Pavilion on the UH campus. NRG Retail and Reliant President Elizabeth Killinger (BBA ‘91) will give the keynote address for the convocation.

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Elizabeth Killinger (BBA ‘91)
NRG Retail and Reliant


Elizabeth Killinger (BBA ’91) will give the keynote address for the convocation ceremony.

Elizabeth Killinger has 25 years of domestic and international experience in the energy and services industries, including 15 years with NRG and Reliant, where her responsibilities have increased annually. She is now responsible for directing all aspects of NRG Retail and Reliant, a $5 billion division of NRG which serves nearly three million customers and has almost three million products in use around the world.  NRG Retail is the leading multi-brand retail electricity business in Texas, the third-largest residential retailer in the Northeast and the leading portable solar, power and battery business in the country.

Killinger’s vision of the “Era of Personal Power” has served as a roadmap for NRG to lead the industry in providing award-winning customer service, giving consumers never-before-available insights, choices and convenient ways to power their lives at home, at work and on the go.

Deeply committed to making a difference for future generations, Killinger serves on the Energy Advisory Board and the Bauer College Board at the University of Houston and serves on the Board of Directors for the March of Dimes, Center for Hearing and Speech, North Texas Commission and the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP). She also serves as School Board Vice Chairman for Epiphany Lutheran School and is an advisory board member for the Newspring Center.

She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business, where she now serves on the Bauer College Board. She is also a homemaker, passionate about her role as wife and mother, and enjoys spending time with her family.

By Stephanie Phillips

Grads by the Numbers

719 graduates total

586 undergraduate students

Accountancy & Taxation: 150
Decision & Information Sciences (includes management information systems and supply chain): 223
Finance: 105
Management: 41
Marketing & Entrepreneurship: 67

Bauer Honors: 23
Program for Excellence in Selling: 37
Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship: 11

133 graduate students

Full Time MBA: 7
Professional MBA: 57
Executive MBA: 1
MS Accountancy: 54
MS Finance: 14