Lupe Fraga

Class of 1957, Term of Service: 2005 – 2011

Governor Rick Perry appointed Lupe Fraga of Houston to the Board in 2005. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University in 1957. During his tenure at A&M, he was a letterman on the TAMU baseball team. He is Chairman and CEO of Tejas Office Products, Inc. He began his career in the office products industry more than 44 years ago after serving in the United States Army. His company has been recognized by the Houston Business Journal as one of Houston’s Top 100 Small Businesses as well as one of the largest minority-owned businesses. He is a 2003 recipient of the Mays Business School Outstanding Alumnus Award from Texas A&M University.

Lionel Sosa

Term of Service: 1999 – 2005

Lionel Sosa was appointed to the Board of Regents by Governor George W. Bush in 1999. He was a media consultant for President George W. Bush in the 2000 and 2004 election campaigns and has been a Hispanic media consultant in five presidential campaigns, beginning in 1980. An advertising executive for most of his career, he headed Garcia LKS, the Southwest’s largest independent Hispanic advertising agency from December 1995 until his retirement in December 2000. He served on the Committees on Audit, Academic and Student Affairs, and Campus Art and Aesthetic Improvement. He was also chairman of the Committee on Educational Access.

Dionel E. Avilés

Class of 1953, Term of Service: 1997 – 2003

Dionel E. Avilés, originally from Ponce, Puerto Rico, was appointed to the Board of Regents by Governor George W. Bush in 1997. He served on numerous committees, most notably as Vice-Chairman of the Board Regents. During his distinguished career he compiled an impressive and enviable list of accomplishments and accolades. Among these are: named a Distinguished Civil Engineering Graduate (2000), named a Distinguished Graduate of the Dwight Look College of Engineering (2004), named a Distinguished Alumnus of Texas A&M University (2004), inducted into the Corps of Cadets Hall of Honor (2004), established an endowment for the Ragan Military Collection at the Cushing Memorial Library (1999), appointed by the President of the United States to the Board of Visitors of the United States Air Force Academy (on which he currently serves as Vice Chairman), appointed by the President of the United States to the President’s Commission on the United States Postal Service, selected as Engineer of the Year for the Houston Area (1998), selected Engineer of the Year for the State of Texas (1999), endowed a Texas A&M President’s Endowed Scholarship, a Sul Ross Scholarship, a General Earl Rudder Scholarship, an Athletic Department Scholarship, and awarded the title of Vice Chairman Emeritus of the Texas A&M System Board of Regents. In addition to being a Founding Member of the Civil Engineering Endowment Fund (1983), he has notably served as a member of the External Advisory Council of the Dwight Look College of Engineering, member of the Development Council of the Texas A&M Health Science Center, Board of Visitors Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, Epright Distinguished Donor of Texas A&M Athletics and a member of the Texas A&M Legacy Society. He is a graduate of the Army War College and the only Hispanic Aggie to have achieved the rank of Major General in the United States Army Reserves. He is the founder, owner and president of Avilés Engineering Corporation of Houston and has nearly a half century of engineering experience.

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