Elizabeth L. Ghrist was appointed to the University of Houston System Board of Regents by Governor William (Bill) P. Clements, Jr on September 1, 1989 and her term expired on September 7, 1995. During her term as Regent she served on the External Affairs, Auxilary Enterprise , Academic and Student Affairs and Asset Management Committees. In 1992, she served as and officer in the position of Secretary to the Board of Regents Executive Committee.
Elizabeth Lyons Ghrist is the President of Liz Ghrist & Associates Inc. She serves on a number of boards, among them CenterPoint (she is a former director of Entex, now Centerpoint), Chase Bank of Texas( she is a former dirctor of Texas Commerce Bank, now Chase), Houston Advanced Research Center, and the Texas Medical Center.
She also is a former trustee of Hermann Hospital and former Chairman of the Houston Alumni Association. She is a former Harris County commissioner. She was inducted into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame in March 1999.
The honors and awards Mrs. Ghrist received reflect her pioneering enthusiasm to create and foster a brighter future for her community and the world. These honors include: the Bronze Medal for Meritorious Service, International Red Cross; Governor’s Humanitarian Award for Volunteerism; Citizen of the Year, West Houston Chamber of Commerce; Who’s Who in America 1992; and Volunteer of the Year, National Society of Fund Raising Executives.