Cliff Ernst (pictured), a shareholder in Austin’s Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody, assumed duties as chairman of the board of trustees for the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts in September.
Ernst says the board elected him to a two-year term as its chairman this summer after he had served as the board’s vice chairman.
The Long Center, which opened in March 2008, is on land leased from the city of Austin, Ernst says. He says the center has an approximately 2,400-seat concert hall that serves as the performing home for the Austin Symphony Orchestra and Ballet Austin, and a 232-seat theater, where Austin Shakespeare and other groups perform.
Ernst says he previously served as president of Ballet Austin and as chairman of the Austin Business Committee for the Arts. His interest in the performing arts began when he was young, Ernst says.
“As a kid, I studied music, so I’ve always been interested in music,” he says.
A 1978 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, Ernst says he joined Graves Dougherty in 1986 and has a corporate and finance practice.
-- Mary Alice Robbins
Robbins is an Austin-based freelance writer and a former Texas Lawyer senior reporter.