Michael L. Klein is engaged in independent oil and gas exploration and production in Midland. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BS in petroleum engineering in 1958 and an LLB in 1963. While attending law school, he worked summers as a petroleum engineer with Continental Oil Company and later served as an attorney for the company. He divides his time between Houston, Austin, Santa Fe, and Midland. He serves on the development board of The University of Texas at Austin, and chairs the University of Texas Press Advisory Council and the board of trustees of The Contemporary Austin. He also is a member of the Longhorn Foundation and the Site Santa Fe board of directors. He has previously served as a member on the board of trustees for the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, DC), the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Chinati Foundation (Marfa); the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York City); the Cate School (Carpinteria, California); and as the chair of the board at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.