Ernest H. Cockrell (“Ernie”) is chairman of Cockrell Interests LLC, a diversified asset holding company, and president and director of The Cockrell Foundation, a private charitable foundation. After joining the family oil and gas company and filling various field and office positions, he spent 30 years leading Cockrell Oil Corporation.
Ernie is a founder and past director of Amegy Bank of Texas and is a member of the All-American Wildcatters Association. He has been honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of The University of Texas, a Distinguished Graduate of the UT College of Engineering, and a member of the UT McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of The Philosophical Society of Texas.
As a community leader, Ernie has served as chairman of the board of many major non-profits, including The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors, Houston Methodist Research Institute, the Sam Houston Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Greater Houston Community Foundation, The University of Texas College of Engineering Foundation, The Welch Foundation, and as the founding chairman of Reasoning Mind Inc. He is a director emeritus of Pennzoil Company and a past trustee of the Cullen Trust for Health Care.
Ernie was born in Houston, Texas. He and his wife, the former Janet Schuster, currently reside in Houston and have two children and four grandchildren.