Dr. Raymund A. Paredes
Ex Officio Member (Holocaust and Genocide Commission, Texas)
Home Town: Austin
Prior to joining to the Coordinating Board in July 2004, Dr. Paredes was Vice President for Programs at the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) where he was responsible for scholarship and outreach programs. Before joining HSF, he was Director of Creativity & Culture at The Rockefeller Foundation from 2001 to 2003.
Dr. Paredes served for ten years as Vice Chancellor-Academic Development at UCLA where he was a professor of English for over 30 years. In addition, he served as special assistant to the President of the University of California system from 1998-2000 on outreach efforts intended to improve access to higher education for students from educationally disadvantaged communities.
Dr. Paredes currently serves as Chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters' Nationwide Hispanic Advisory Council, a member of the NAEP High School Achievement Commission and was named one of Hispanic Business Magazine's 100 Most Influential Hispanics of 2007. He was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Education Commission of the States and also serves on their Advisory Committee for Developmental Studies. He previously served as a trustee of The College Board, on the Board of Directors of the Texas Cultural Trust and as a trustee of Mercy College of New York.
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 Ph.D. in American Civilization in 1973, once again from The University of Texas at Austin.
Other Offices Held
Ex Officio Member (Workforce Investment Council, Texas)
Commissioner of Higher Education (Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas)