Class of 1970
Reginal Spiller is a graduate of Olean High who holds an M.S. in Geology from the Pennsylvania State University and a B.A.S.S. in Geology from the State University of New York. Spiller is chief operating officer for Allied Energy, a minority-owned oil and gas company headquartered in Houston. He is also the principal energy advisor to Oskya Corporation.
Spiller was co-founder of Frontera Resources where he served as executive vice president from 1996-2009. As a senior executive for 14 years, he managed all technical activity on behalf of the company and was charged with the responsibility of the start-up of operations in the Republic of Georgia and Azerbaijan. Prior to joining Frontera, Spiller was the deputy assistant secretary for gas and petroleum technologies at the United States Department of Energy. At the time, he was the highest ranking geologist in the administration and was the first petroleum geologist ever to hold the position.
Spiller served two terms on the National Academy of Sciences Energy Resource Board. He also serves on the academy’s Board on Earth Science and Resources, which works in collaboration with scientists from government, academia and industry in affairs that impact the federal government. He previously served on the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Diversity Subcommittee. Spiller is a founding member and past president of the National Association of Black Geologists and Geophysicists. He has served as a board member to AAPG’s Washington office and served as a guest lecturer as well. Spiller is a member of the Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Science Gems and is an advisory board member to the Department of Geoscience.
Spiller was appointed as Honorary Counsel General to the nation of Sierra Leone, where he promotes United States investment. He was appointed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sierra Leone and advised of the appointment by the Ambassador to the United States, Mr. Bockari Stevens.