Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Alumnus Dr. Hector Farias Jr. joins A&M-Kingsville Foundation board

KINGSVILLE - March 12, 2007

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Dr. Farias

KINGSVILLE, Texas (March 12, 2007) – Alumnus Dr. Hector Farias Jr. of Laredo, Texas, has been named a member of the Board of Trustees of Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation, the general purpose foundation that supports Texas A&M-University-Kingsville. His term of appointment is for three years.

Farias is chairman of the board of Farias & Farias Inc., an international trading company in Laredo that provides customs clearance, freight forwarding, warehousing and distribution. Farias oversees the daily operations of his firm which has extended its business ventures to now include real estate, rental properties, foreign export declaration rebates and land development and which has offices in Laredo, Brownsville, San Antonio and Houston.

He and his wife, Diana, have seven children, five of whom hold key administrative positions within the firm. In 2005, Farias & Farias Inc. was honored by Baylor University’s Institute for Family Business, an award that is given to families and their firms who demonstrate a commitment to each other and to the business community. It was the first South Texas business to receive this honor.

He was named a Distinguished Alumnus by the Javelina Alumni Association in 2006. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English in 1961 and a master’s degree in education, speech from Texas A&I University, now Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and also earned a doctoral degree in medical education from Northwestern University.

He is currently president of the Texas Mexico Border International Trade Association and is well recognized in the international trade community having served several terms as president of the Laredo United States Customhouse Brokers Association.

Farias has been involved for more than 40 years in various community and business activities in his hometown of Laredo. He has been a leader in Laredo citizen’s watchdog organization VIDA – Voices in Democratic Action – since it was founded in 1966 and has been chair of the organization since 1994. He was head of the local VISTA organization that brought many positive changes to the Laredo area, including the establishment of neighborhood councils, which gave local residents political power, in the late 1960’s.

He is a Marine Corps veteran who has worked to obtain support for veterans organizations and served five terms as chairman of the Laredo Veterans Coalition.

Farias also has undergone intensive physical therapy and several surgeries to overcome the disabilities caused by a near fatal auto accident in 1986.

Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation provides fundraising and administrative support that assures Texas A&M-Kingsville a perpetual source of funds for scholarships, research and faculty support through its management of more than $31 million in endowments that benefit the university.


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