Robert Gulley

Robert Gulley

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and Adjunct Faculty Texas State University


Robert Gulley is the co-author of “The Edwards Aquifer” case which received an Honorable Mention in the Best Teaching Case Competition, 2016. He and co-author Adam Zerrenner decided to write the case once the Edwards Aquifer dispute had finally been resolved. Since the issue went unresolved for almost 70 years and there were multiple failed attempts at solving the Aquifer problem previously, they asked why was this stakeholder effort was successful and different from previous attempts.  Was it that they were in the right place at the right time or were there other factors at play?  

During this time, Mr. Zerrenner was in an Executive MBA program at McCombs School of Business at University of Texas at Austin where Professor Doug Dierking, who taught classes in negotiations, suggested he write a case when he described the Edwards Aquifer stakeholder process as an example of what he did for work.  Dr. Gulley had also recently retired from the Edwards Aquifer program, so they decided to write the case to pass on the lessons learned from the Edwards Aquifer stakeholder process for students interested in pursuing careers that help solve complex environmental problems.

Dr. Gulley is currently the Director of the Economic Growth and Endangered Species Management Division of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.  Previously, he was the Executive Director of the Habitat Conservation Program at the Edwards Aquifer Authority and the Program Manager for the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program.  

Dr. Gulley has a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Texas and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.  He taught in medical schools and worked as a scientist at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.  He is an author on over thirty-five scientific, six papers on legal and environmental issues.

Dr. Gulley has over twenty-five years’ experience as an environmental attorney, including seven years as a Senior Trial Attorney at the Department of Justice.  He is the author of “Heads above Water: The Real Story of the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program” that was published Texas A&M Press in January 2014 and teaches a course in groundwater resources at Texas State University.