Commissioner of Higher Education
- Achievement gap
- College affordability
- Federal policy
- State policy
Raymund A. Paredes is Texas commissioner of higher education and CEO of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Paredes spent most of his academic career at UCLA, where for he was an English professor for 30 years and vice chancellor for academic development for 10. He also 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, Paredes was director of creativity and culture at the Rockefeller Foundation. Paredes has also been a trustee of the College Board and Mercy College of New York. In 2007 he was named one of Hispanic Business Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Hispanics. Paredes attended The University of Texas at Austin, receiving a bachelor’s degree in English. He served in the U.S. Army for two years, including a 14-month tour with the First Infantry Division in Vietnam. He later resumed his education, receiving a master’s degree in American studies from the University of Southern California and his doctorate in American civilization from The University of Texas at Austin.