In November 2001, John L. Nau, III was appointed by President George W. Bush to a four-year term as Chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. He also serves as the Chairman of the Texas Historical Commission. A position appointed by the Governor of Texas that he has held since 1995.
Nau's commitment to service is apparent through a broad spectrum of participation in civic, community, and philanthropic organizations in Houston and throughout the country. His involvement includes Board of Director of the Greater Houston Partnership, Board of Trustee of Baylor College of Medicine, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Civil War Preservation Trust, Charter Member of the Monticello Cabinet - Charlottesville, Virginia, President's Transportation Infrastructure Streamlining Task Force, Jamestown 400th Commemoration Commission, President of the Texas State History Museum Foundation and Greater Houston Preservation Alliance Advisory Board.
He is president and chief executive officer of Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P., one of the nation's largest distributors of Anheuser-Busch products and the number one beer distributor in the Houston area.
Nau is a 1968 graduate of the University of Virginia, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History. Currently, he serves as President of the College Foundation of the University, and most recently served as Chairman of the College of Arts and Sciences Campaign. He has also served on the Board of Managers of the Alumni Association.
He and his wife reside in Houston. They have two daughters and one granddaughter.