Texas A&M Board of Regents

Over the 130-year History of Texas A&M, six Hispanics are known to have served on the Texas A&M Board of Regents

M. Guadalupe Rangel

Term of Service: 1993 –1999

M. Guadalupe Rangel of Corpus Christi, Texas was appointed to the Board of Regents by Governor Ann Richards in 1993. She was chairwoman of the Committee on Academic and Student Affairs and was a member of the Committee on Audit and the Campus Art and Aesthetic Improvement Committee. She also served as past and only chair of a special committee on System Policies. During her service on the Board she was instrumental in ensuring the recruitment and retention of high-quality faculty through the implementation of the A&M System’s first-ever post tenure review process. She was a graduate of the Harvard School of Education and studied at the Université de Tours in France. She earned a bachelors in English and French from the University of Houston in 1971. She was a founder of the Corpus Christi Literacy Council and served on the Board of Governors of the Nueces County Hospital District, the Corpus Christi Independent School District, Strategic Planning Board, the Board of Directors of the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, the Board of the Creative Arts Center, the Board of South Texas Public Broadcasting to name just a few.

Raúl B. Fernández

Class of 1959, Term of Service: 1989 –1995

Raúl B. Fernández was appointed to the Board of Regents by governor Bill Clements in 1989. While on the Board, he acted as a special liaison to the Texas A&M Association of Former Students, a member of the Executive committee, the Planning and building Committee and the Audit Committee. He is a past president of the Texas A&M Association of Former Students and the Greater San Antonio Builders Association. He is a long time builder and real estate developer and was selected the 1989 Builder of the Year. He served previously as a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Builders, the San Antonio Medical Foundation and the Alamo Water Conservation and Re-Use District of the City of San Antonio. Also, he was a member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. He graduated from Texas A&M in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and served as an artillery captain in the United States Army.

Henry Cisneros

Class of 1968, Term of Service: 1985 –1987

Governor Mark White appointed Henry Cisneros to the Board of Regents in 1985 to fill the unexpired term of H. R. “Bum” Bright. He was only 38 at the time of his appointment, and served with distinction until the expiration of the term in 1987. Over the years since his graduation, he has been active in A&M affairs and a frequent speaker on campus including the campus Muster Address in 1980 and the 1984 Commencement Address. In 1975, he was elected to the San Antonio City Council, becoming the youngest councilman in the city’s history. He served for six years on the City Council and was elected Mayor of San Antonio in 1981, becoming the first Hispanic mayor of a prominent American city. He served four terms as mayor. In 1989, he became chairman of the Cisneros Asset Management Company, a national asset-management firm for tax-exempt organizations. He also served as deputy chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and was a board member of the Rockefeller Foundation. He served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Bill Clinton from 1992 to 1997. He formed American City Vista (later transformed into CityView), a joint venture with KB Home for the purpose of building homes in central areas of major metropolitan areas.

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