Jim Schwertner of Austin graduated from Texas Tech University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics.
Mr. Schwertner is President and Chief Executive Officer of Schwertner Farms, Inc., dba Capitol Land & Livestock and Chairman of the Board of Schwertner State Bank.
Mr. Schwertner has served as past chairman of the boards of Cattlemen’s State Bank in Austin (which he organized in 1984), the Jarrell Schwertner Water Supply Corporation and the Texas Cattle Feeders Association. Jim Schwertner has served as advisory director of Wells Fargo Bank in Austin, president of Taylor Livestock Auction, chaired Building for the Future at Highland Park Baptist Church and the Del Valle Adopt-A-School Program. Mr. Schwertner is past director of the National Beef Board and the Capitol Area Diabetes Association. He also served on the executive committee of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, was president of the Texas Livestock Market Association, past chairman of the Texas Aviation Advisory Board and is currently a member of the Williamson County Water Visionary Committee.
Mr. Schwertner is presently chairman of the Seton Hospital, Williamson Foundation Board of Trustees and past director of the Texas Beef Council. He is a partner in the Lockhart Livestock Auction and the Mid Tex Livestock Auction in Navasota.
Mr. Schwertner received the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award from Texas Tech University’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Past honors include Man of the Year in Agriculture in Williamson County (1994) and Man of the Year in Texas Agriculture (1995). In 2005, he received the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Vision Award. Mr. Schwertner is an airplane and helicopter pilot and holds the Aviation World Speed Record (Piper Navajo).
Jim Schwertner was appointed to the Board of Regents by Governor Rick Perry in 2009. He is serving his second term as chair of the Committee on Buildings and Physical Plant. He is a member of the Committee on Audit and Policy Review Committee. Mr. Schwertner also serves as special liaison to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets and A&M System Military Training Programs. He has served as a member of the Committee on Finance and the Campus Art and Aesthetic Improvement Committee. His term expires February 1, 2015.