Jim Walzel Jim Walzel is a retired natural gas pipeline company executive. He was president and COO of Houston Natural Gas Corporation when it was acquired by InterNorth in 1985 and has been involved with several other natural gas industry companies. He is a member of the boards of the Institute for Spirituality and Health at the Texas Medical Center and of the Texas Methodist Foundation and is a director of the Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation.

Jim received dual bachelor’s degrees, cum laude, in chemical engineering from Rice University in 1959 and 1960.  He served as a Southwestern trustee from 1994-2016, chairing the board of trustees from 2000 to 2006.

In 2017, Southwestern awarded Jim an honorary doctor of laws degree and named him a life trustee.

Location: Houston