Speakers

Transitions Conference

Raymund Paredes
Commissioner
Higher Education Coordinating Board

  Raymund A. Paredes is Commissioner of Higher Education at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Dr. Paredes spent most of his academic career at UCLA where for 30 years he taught as an English professor and served as vice chancellor for Academic Development. In addition, he served as special assistant to the president of the University of California System in outreach efforts to improve access to higher education for students from educationally disadvantaged communities.

Prior to joining the Coordinating Board, Dr. Paredes was director of creativity and culture at the Rockefeller Foundation, then vice president for programs at the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

Dr. Paredes was appointed to the Education Commission of the States by Governor Rick Perry; he served as a trustee of The College Board and Mercy College of New York, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Cultural Trust. He was named one of Hispanic Business Magazine's 100 Most Influential Hispanics and is the current chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters' Nationwide Hispanic Advisory Council.

Dr. Paredes was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. After graduation from El Paso High School, he attended The University of Texas at Austin, receiving a B.A. in English. He served in the U.S. Army for two years, including a 14-month tour with the First Infantry Division in Vietnam. After separation from military service, he resumed his education, receiving a master's degree in American Studies from the University of Southern California and his Ph.D. in American Civilization in 1973, from The University of Texas at Austin.