Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo President and CEO Joel Cowley Will Talk Education for Texas Students
Registration is open for the Sept. 24 Bauer College Alumni Association networking breakfast featuring Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo President and CEO Joel Cowley.
Cowley became president and chief executive officer of the organization in 2013. He has participated in every HLS&R show in some fashion since 1988. The Houston mainstay promotes the youth of Texas in their educational goals and career advancement, with the world’s largest livestock show and richest regular-season rodeo as well as a concert series that boasts performances from chart-topping musicians.
Since its creation in 1932, the organization has committed almost $375 million to educational youth programs and has given over 15,500 scholarships to date.
President & CEO
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Joel Cowley was announced as the president and chief executive officer of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Monday, Aug. 5, 2013. Cowley joined the Show staff in 2005 as the executive director of agricultural competitions and exhibits.
In this role, he works with approximately one third of the Show’s volunteer committees while overseeing aspects of the livestock show, horse show, wine show and auctions.
Prior to joining the Show, Cowley worked for Certified Angus Beef LLC, the not-for-profit division of the American Angus Association, where he began as executive account manager in the International division and finished as assistant director of the food service division.
Before his employment with CAB, he was a faculty member at Michigan State University, where he served as an extension beef cattle specialist. Prior to that, he was employed by Texas A&M University as a lecturer and livestock judging team coach.
Cowley holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Colorado State University, a master’s in animal science from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Michigan State University.
By Stephanie Phillips